WSSU Will Host HBCU Collaboration Conference on Educational Improvement

Dr. Francine Madrey

Dr. Francine Madrey
April 14, 2011
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will join Educational Testing Service (ETS) in hosting a conference on improving teaching quality, student achievement and closing gaps April 17-18 at the Marriott Winston-Salem Hotel.

The conference will be the 16th in a series of events convened jointly by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and ETS as an effort to strengthen and enhance the quality of teacher preparation, teacher effectiveness and student achievement. 

The conference will focus on closing achievement gaps as well as strategies for generating resources, promoting teaching effectiveness, and inspiring higher student performance and achievement. It will also examine some of the legal, political and financial obstacles that must be confronted in pursuit of closing access and achievement gaps.  The broad range of topics is designed to attract educators, parents and the broad community as a means of producing new ideas and strategies. 

“We are pleased to host the conference this year and are excited about engaging educators and community stakeholders in exploring topics and developing strategies to enhance the preparation of effective teachers who can meet the diverse needs of today’s students,” said Francine Madrey, professor and associate dean for the School of Education and Human Performance at WSSU.  “The conference will cover a variety of topics including pursuing state funding equity, invigorating communities to advocate for better schools, preparing students for success in school and beyond, and developing innovative approaches for communities to finance their student’s college attendance.”

Sandy George, principal of Mt. Airy High School, and Lisa Frieson, principal of Cummings Elementary School in Memphis, will present a panel discussion on academic readiness for college.

Other speakers for the conference include Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Kent McGuire, president of the Southern Education Foundation and former assistant secretary of education in the Clinton administration; David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, which advocates on behalf of public school children for access to an equal and adequate education under state and federal laws; and Peggy Carr, associate commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics.  Additionally, Saleem Ghubril, executive director of The Pittsburgh Promise, will discuss ways that communities can help shape public policy and work with schools to improve student performance.  Julienne Malveaux, president at Bennett College, will speak at the dinner on Sunday night, and Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University, is the luncheon speaker on Monday. 

There is no conference registration fee, but registration is required.  To request registration materials, contact or 609-734-5641.



Nancy Young                                                                                  Francine Madrey                 Director of Public Relations                                             Professor and Associate Dean

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