WCU co-sponsoring world meeting of Invitational Education Alliance

Western Carolina University is co-sponsoring a gathering of educators from across the globe who will convene for the 23rd annual meeting and world conference of the International Alliance for Invitational Education in Asheville Thursday, Sept. 21, through Saturday, Sept. 23.

The conference, which will feature 45 concurrent sessions and workshops, is co-sponsored by WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Kennesaw State University and Radford University College of Education and Human Development.

“The International Alliance for Invitational Education conference will provide a host of professional development experiences for educators at all levels,” said A. Michael Dougherty, dean of WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions and a past presenter at the conference. “Attendees will leave the conference remembering that all education must begin and end with the dignity and worth of the individual in mind.”

Featuring the theme “Education as an Inviting Work of Heart,” the conference is designed to bring together educators, school administrators, business and community leaders, and other service professionals for discussions and exploration of issues and solutions within an invitational education framework.

Internationally acclaimed educators William Purkey and Betty Siegel, co-founders of IAIE, will speak during general sessions Sept. 23. The conference will feature program sessions that detail engaging practices in teaching for understanding, responding to the diverse needs of students, developing democratic classrooms and integrating the arts in education.

David Strahan, who holds WCU’s Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professorship in Elementary and Middle Grades Education, will present a session along with representatives of several of Western’s public school partners. Western’s program, the School-University Teacher Education Partnership, received national recognition earlier this year when it was named the 2006 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education award recipient by the Association of Teacher Educators.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit www.invitationaleducation.net.