The School of Professional and Continuing Studies is pleased to introduce the lineup of spring events in the Graduate Education Speaker Series, bringing speakers and events onto the University of Richmond campus to address subjects of interest to prospective and current teachers, educational administrators, community organizers and others engaged in education and related fields.

Words Hard Won: Children’s Author Carmen Agra Deedy

Deedy headshotThe first event features a talk and signing by award-winning children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy, co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences, Boatwright Library and the Office of international Education. Deedy’s talk will carry attendees on the precipitous path of a young child struggling to acquire language, an elementary student’s life changing encounter with a literary masterpiece, the rendezvous that would dispel a phobia of words, and the educators encountered along the way, who facilitated and motivated her toward an acquired love of words.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 5:30-6:30pm, Alice Haynes Room, Tyler Haynes Commons. Free and open to the public, no registration required.

Promoting Emotional Health & Well-being in Adolescents

image of teensThe second event in the series is a panel that invites attendees to join a public discussion on the current social and emotional state of affairs among adolescents and what families, schools and communities can be doing — and are doing — to support adolescent well-being and safety. Panelists are: 

  • Kume Goranson, Director of Middle School Leadership, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Karen P. Kochel, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Richmond
  • Tiffany Goodman, Clinical Coordinator, Challenge Discovery Projects
  • Leslie Waller, K-12 Intervention Specialist, Henrico Public Schools

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6-7:30pm, International Commons, Carole Weinstein International Center. Free and open to the public; online registration required.