dannette-flint-2-loPiedmont and Pioneer RESA plan education conference

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Educators and education students in northeast Georgia are invited to attend a one-day conference March 23 at Piedmont College in Demorest that will focus on timely issues and trends in education, including the national Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Established by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the first Common Core Standards in mathematics and English were released in 2010. The standards are designed to provide parents and educators a clear understanding of academic goals for grades kindergarten through high school.

The Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference (PERC), which is being co-sponsored by Pioneer RESA, will allow educators to share information on innovative and effective practices and recent research in education, said Dr. Don Gnecco, Dean of the Piedmont College School of Education.

The conference will include workshops, breakout sessions, and poster presentations concerning the Common Core Standards, as well as information about motivating students, technology in the classroom, the Foxfire approach to teaching, and supporting culturally diverse populations.

"We expect this to be an annual event and a good way for educators in the area to pool information," Gnecco said. "Sessions will be conducted by Piedmont faculty and recent graduates from our master's, specialist, and doctoral programs, who will share information that they have collected through their capstone or dissertation research. But we don't want this to be a dry, academic event. Presentations will be timely and practical. The conference luncheon will include entertainment by motivational humorist Dannette Flint of Athens."

The cost of the conference is $40 for teachers and $20 for education students. Conference registration includes lunch and snacks. Conference registration begins 8 a.m.; the day will conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m. For more information, including how to register, contact Dr. Judith Perry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.piedmont.edu.

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