WCU co-sponsors summit for instructional leaders

Western Carolina University and Western North Carolina public schools are co-sponsoring an Instructional Leadership Summit with the theme of “Strategies for the 21st Century” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Asheville.

The one-day event for instructional coaches, lead teachers, principals, assistant principals, school administrators and teachers aspiring to leadership will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Resort.

The summit features roundtable and panel discussions, and workshops on topics from “Supporting the Millennials: A New Generation of Beginning Teachers” to “Best Practice Instructional Strategies.” Part of its mission is to help establish a network of instructional leaders, said Ruth McCreary, coordinator of WCU’s School-University Teacher Education Partnership.

The event was developed after SUTEP’s induction and professional development committees expressed interest in a coaching or leadership conference. A survey of schools in Western North Carolina confirmed the need, said McCreary.

“Serving educators and education professionals in our region is what we are all about, and this event is something we have been excited about,” said McCreary.

WCU faculty members from the College of Education and Allied Professions and departments of elementary and middle grades education, and educational leadership and foundations are speaking or co-leading workshops.

The $35 summit registration cost includes lunch. Call McCreary for registration information at (828) 227-3346.