dsy conference

Educators conference to feature innovative keynoter George Cuouros

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 8, 2017 — Drury University’s School of Education and Child Development is again partnering with Springfield Public Schools to host the 17th annual Developing Successful Youth Conference, which will be held on the Drury campus Friday, Nov. 3.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker George Couros. Couros is a renowned career educator, author, and international speaker. He is a former head of Innovative Teaching and Learning with the Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, and has more than 17 years of experience as an educator, in a myriad of roles from K-12. Couros is also prominent on social media, actively engaging with educators via Twitter.

The theme for the conference, “The Innovator’s Mindset,” is drawn from the title of Couros’s recent book. In the book, Couros outlines strategies for developing student creativity and resilience, as well as the effective use of social media for learning.

“George Couros is at the forefront of understanding the needs and goals of today’s learners and teachers,” says Dr. Kris Wiley, assistant professor of education and a conference organizer. “We’re excited to bring him to the Ozarks in a collaborative setting like the DSY Conference.”

All K-12 educators and administrators are invited to attend. Participants can expect to learn techniques for creative innovation and implementing learner-centered technology in the classroom. The full cost is $150, but groups of 5 or more from the same school can register for $125 per individual.

For more information or to register online, visit http://www.drury.edu/dsy.


Acclaimed author and speaker to discuss learning disabilities at Drury

For Immediate Release: September 16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 16, 2010 — Drury University will host the Developing Successful Youth (DSY) conference on Sept. 24 in Clara Thompson Hall from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Author and speaker Rick Lavoie will present a talk titled, “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success.”

According to Lavoie, students with learning disabilities often fail due to a lack of social skills not academic skills. In this seminar, Lavoie will discuss the impact of social incompetence in a child’s daily life, the use of social skill “autopsies” to improve social interaction, a review of the history of learning disabilities, and how current approaches can be improved.

This daylong conference will appeal to educators, as well as parents of children with learning disabilities, Asperger’s syndrome and autism. The registration fee is $150, but there is a discounted rate for groups of 10 or more. Students may attend for $35. For additional information, contact Dr. Jayne White at (417) 873-7260 or visit the website at www.drury.edu/dsy.

Dr. Jayne White
Professor of Education
Office: (417) 873-7260
E-mail: jwhite@drury.edu


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