Educational leaders reconnect with colleagues, look to successful learning for all students
Posted on 08/17/2019
High school student panel participants

PWCS administrators and teacher teams from every school in the Division came together on August 8, 2019, to attend the annual Equity and Excellence in Education (EEE) conference, held at Colgan High School.

The EEE conference focuses on energizing, teaching, and motivating staff in preparation for the new school year. In addition to an uplifting and instructive presentation from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven L. Walts, participants heard from Jimmy Casas, conference keynote speaker, award-winning former school principal, and author of “Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes,” and guest speaker, Jim Harris, university professor and behavioral health therapist, and creator of the “10 Things You Need to Know About Kids” audio program.

In response to the eye-opening statistics and personal perspectives Dr. Walts shared on youth mental health, Gar-Field High School Principal Matthew Mathison tweeted, “Thank you @SuperPWCS for sharing your personal story to bring such meaningful attention to mental health and how we can better meet the needs of our students!”

In a new segment for this year’s program, a six-person panel of high school student leaders shared perspectives on appropriate amounts of homework, ideas about what educators can do to improve student engagement and classroom experience, and insight and suggestions about the ways administrators and teachers can help mitigate student stress and provide support. Their reflections and inspiring comments received a standing ovation from the packed auditorium of approximately 1,500 attendees.

After this full morning, participants split up to attend two breakout sessions of their choice from options such as “Podcasts are the New Essays, “Building Resilience: Being Trauma Informed and Supporting Growth in the Students We Serve,” and “How to Develop a Growth Mindset in Your School.”

The Forest Park High School Army JROTC Color Guard presented the colors and rising Brentsville District High School junior, Cecilia Marcellino led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Woodbridge High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Director Joel Shapiro, led the national anthem and performed some additional musical pieces.