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January 31, 2013

GC symposium to focus discussions on 21st century literacy



On Tuesday, academic leaders workshop is scheduled at 11 a.m. followed by a 4 p.m. performance of Puccini’s “Crisantemi” by Dan Auerbach and a string quartet. The 7 p.m. keynote address of “Journey to Publicly Engaged Scholarship” will be given by Dr. John Saltmarsh of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Dr. Timothy Eatman of Syracuse University.

“They’re both experts in public scholarship and national leaders in the field of civic education at the college level. They take what you’re learning in the classroom and tie it in with community needs and concerns,” Kaufman said. “It’s about building partnerships with people with have a great deal of community knowledge and people who have particular knowledge in an academic field who can help in community issues.”

The symposium will conclude Wednesday with keynote speaker Dr. Barbara Levin, of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, discussing “21st Century Learning, Technology and Leadership” at noon. A panel of Northeast High School educators will also share “Campaign 2012: An Interdisciplinary Project Integrating Mathematics, Government, Technology and Literacy” at 1 p.m. 

“[Levin’s] specialty is using technology in k-12 education to develop literacy skills. Our young people live in a very high-tech age and our educators are learning how to leverage tremendous advances to technology to help students learn even more efficiently,” Kaufman said.

At 2 p.m., a keynote panel will discuss education challenges in a 21st century, including Georgia College Early College Principal Dr. Runee Salad followed by the Baldwin County Academic Achievement Panel at 7 p.m., consisting of Lyn Chandler, Baldwin County Board of Education; Dr. Jim Lidstone, Live Healthy Baldwin advocate; Linda Watson Kaufman, Georgia College Afterschool coordinator; Richard Hartry, YES Program Adult Education; Sandy Baxter, Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County; Gregory Barnes, Campus Club Milledgeville; Dr. Charles Martin, Georgia College Center for Program Evaluation and Development; Dr. Ben Scafidi, professor of economics, Dr. Rosalie Richards, Georgia College Science Education Center; and Dr. Joe Mocnik, Georgia College University librarian.

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