Education Conference 2014, June 4-5

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Partners of Promise: Connecting Citizens, Schools, and Communities

As resources become scarce and education more important to our society, Citizens, Schools and Communities must work together to make learning engaging and relevant for young people. This conference will highlight partnerships between higher education and K-12, community based organizations working within schools, and techniques to build and enhance community within the classroom and school building.

Our goal is provide resources for new and ongoing efforts by educators, parents, and engaged community members to connect citizens, schools and communities in ways that encourage learning.

Join us on June 5!
The Community Session on June 4 is free and open to the public.

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As part of the second annual education conference Antioch University Midwest would like to celebrate the many high quality Partners of Promise that exist in the Miami Valley.

Honor your local Partner of Promise

George Wood
Federal Hocking Local Schools, Stewart, Ohio.

George Wood is currently Federal Hocking Local School District Superintendent of Schools and the Chair of the Coalition of Essential Schools.  He has been in the Federal Hocking district for over 20 years, serving for 17 years as principal of Federal Hocking High School (FHHS), a school noted for its innovative approach to secondary education.  FHHS has been named a CES Mentor School, a First Amendment School, and has received the Ohio’s BEST award for programs such as advisory, graduation portfolios, Senior Project, block scheduling, eliminating tracking, and for student engagement.  Dr. Wood was a tenured, full professor at Ohio University when he left to become the principal of Federal Hocking High School and his book, A Time to Learn, chronicles the experiences of school rejuvenation he led at FHHS.  He is also the author of Schools that Work and co-edited with Deborah Meier (an Antioch Alum)  Many Children Left Behind.

He has served on the boards of The Foxfire Foundation and The Paideia Project and has received several commendations including being named “Outstanding Alumni” at the University of Illinois College of Education from which he earned his Masters and Doctorate.  He did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina and has taught in Michigan and Illinois.  He is married to Marcia Burchby, a kindergarten teacher from whom he gets all his best ideas and has two sons, Michael and John who both attended FHHS.  In addition, he has shaken the hands of over 3,000 high school graduates sees them as his greatest professional accomplishment.

Mark Roosevelt
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio


In January of 2011, Mark Roosevelt became President of Antioch College, charged with leading the recreation of one of America’s most respected and innovative liberal arts colleges.

He has spent a vast majority of his career as a public sector “change agent,” advocating for changes in education that expand opportunity, rigor and new design models.

Most recently he served as Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS).  There he pursued an aggressive improvement agenda called “Excellence for All.”  Under his leadership PPS met federal achievement standards (AYP) for the first time, won a highly competitive $40 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to maximize teacher effectiveness, opened several innovative new schools, adopted a more rigorous curriculum, and inaugurated a nationally recognized program to recruit, train and support school principals as instructional leaders.

In 2007 Mr. Roosevelt founded The Pittsburgh Promise, a remarkable initiative that has  raised over $175 million to guarantee as much as $10,000 per year in college scholarship dollars to PPS graduates who meet certain academic standards.  Over 4,000 students have attended college as Promise scholars.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Roosevelt served as a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature, where he chaired the Education Committee and co-authored the Commonwealth’s groundbreaking 1993 Education Reform Act. The Act provides the equitable resources and accountability measures necessary for school improvement and is credited with making Massachusetts the national leader in almost all categories of educational achievement. He was also the lead sponsor of the 1989 Massachusetts law guaranteeing basic civil rights to gay men and lesbians, only the second such law in the country.

In 1994, Mr. Roosevelt was the Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts.

He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University and has taught graduate level courses on the intersection of American history and public policy at Brandeis University and the Heinz Graduate School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.


Workshops will address topics such as how to build an inclusive community in a multi-cultural high school; Grants Higher Education and Pk-12 Collaborations and how to use the resources surrounding the school to build a comprehensive learning community.

June 4, 2014
Open Community Session:  Parenting in the Digital Age:
How Social Media can Impact your child’s personal safety and career aspirations.
Presenters: Digital Innocence Recovery Group, Columbus Ohio
Location: PNC Bank Auditorium
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

June 5, 2014  Conference Day
9:30-10:30 Keynote: George Wood
10:45-12:15 Workshop Session I
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Keynote: Mark Roosevelt
2:15-3:45 Workshop Session II

June 4, 2014
Community Session:  Free and open to the public (registration required).

Parenting in the Digital Age:
How Social Media can Impact your child’s personal safety and career aspirations.

Presenter: Digital Innocence Recovery Group, Columbus Ohio

When: 7-9 pm  June 4, 2014

Being a parent is one of the most challenging and demanding jobs that we can have.

We look out for our children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.  We teach them about the dangers of strangers and drugs as well as the importance of wearing sunscreen.

However, it can be hard to protect them from unknown dangers embedded within something that appeals to them, technology.  It is hard for even the most safety conscience parent to keep up with the fast paced evolution of technology.

This presentation will discuss the dangers youth encounter online and through their smartphones. We will also discuss how Social Media can impact your children’s Digital Reputation and derail their career goals. Techniques will also be shared on how to keep up with the latest ways parents can safeguard their children.

Made possible by support from YSHS/McKinney School PTO and Mills Lawn PTO

June 5, 2014     Conference Day

Location: Antioch University Midwest
Cost: $75

Students and AUM Alumni $35

Honor your local Partner of Promise!

As part of the second annual education conference, Antioch University Midwest would like to celebrate the many high quality Partners of Promise that exist in the Miami Valley.

If you know of an individual or group of individuals that is doing extraordinary work building community please nominate them for recognition in June. Nominees will be recognized at the conference for their good work.

Nominees must promote the establishment of partnerships that create positive school climate/community within schools or be an example of successful school and community collaboration. They must also have been in existence, or conducting their work, for two or more years.

Each nomination must include the contact information of the nominator; the title and contact information of the nominee; a short summary of the nominee’s work followed by a longer explanation of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions. This section should be no longer than two pages.  Be sure to include any links to websites that contain more information or where the nominee’s work has been highlighted.

Complete the nomination form.

We look forward to hearing about great work happening in the Miami Valley Region to impact our schools.

The 2014 Education Conference will focus on how schools can build learning communities and how schools and communities can partner to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

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Mills Lawn Elementary PTO and Yellow Springs High School/McKinney School PTO 

Antioch University Midwest is grateful for the partnership and collaboration with these organizations.