OCDE conference to feature education experts Michael Fullan and Trevor Packer

Closing the rigor gap, increasing graduation rates, reducing college remediation and fortifying the American workforce will be the focus of a special conference for Orange County educators next month.

Emerging-Gen-Invitation-#1-16MAR15Hosted by the Orange County Department of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, “Equipping an Emerging Generation” will feature presentations by renowned academic experts Michael Fullan and Trevor Packer. The conference will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove.

“The themes that will be discussed hold universal significance across all grade levels,” Dr. Mijares said. “Michael Fullan and Trevor Packer have dedicated their lives to improving outcomes for students, and their messages are particularly relevant to teachers and administrators charged with implementing new standards and ensuring college and career readiness and success for all.”

Fullan is a highly-regarded researcher and a leading authority on the culture of change. An advocate of capacity-building and collaboration, he is widely credited with transforming the school system in Ontario, Canada, and in recent years he has been tapped to help bring systemic education reform — including a new accountability model — to California.

Packer is senior vice president at the College Board, responsible for leading and managing Advanced Placement, instruction and college readiness. Well-versed on the importance of rigor across all levels, he has been a featured speaker at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans; the Change the Equation STEM Salon; and the University of Southern California’s Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice.

Educators from local schools, districts and colleges are invited to register for this event by clicking on the graphic above or visiting http://tinyurl.com/OCDEconference. While there is no cost to attend, the venue charges a parking fee of $8 per car.

The Hyatt Regency Orange County is located at 11999 Harbor Blvd. in Garden Grove.