Series III

The Middle School:  Why and How
Presented by John H. Lounsbury, Ph.D.
(2 hours 6 minutes)

Does the design of your school match the needs of your students?  Knowledge about this unique period in the life of a young person can improve the educational setting of your school.  Often referred to as the “father of the middle school movement,” Dr. Lounsbury discusses a variety of topics including development attributes of early adolescents, how new middle school and junior high curriculum should be constructed to meet the needs of early adolescents, and special teacher skills needed to deal with early adolescents.

TQM: Implementing Quality Management in Your School
Presented by Patricia Best, Ed.D. 
(1 hour 42 minutes)

Dr. Best discusses successful strategies for the implementation of a total quality management (TQM) approach in school districts.  This practical, theory-into-reality presentation includes  how to establish viable educational standards; how to implement standards for quality; and how to involve others in improving the educational process for students.

Outcome-Based Education:  Making it Work
Presented by Dr. Albert Mamary.
(2 hours 31 minutes)

Here is the useful information you need to improve your school district and adopt new educational approaches.  As superintendent of Johnson City Schools, Dr. Mamary brought national recognition to the district by utilizing the concepts of outcome-based education combined with William Glasser’s quality school model.  Dr. Mamary discusses the historical background of outcome-based education, implementation of outcome-based education in the schools, the components of quality schools, and a look at the future of schools.

Gangs in our Schools:  Identification, Response, and Prevention Strategies
Presented by Dr. Ronald D. Stephens
(1 hour 26 minutes)

Learn about the nation-wide spread of gang activities and recent developments in suburban and rural areas.  Gain useful information about strategies which can be adopted by schools and communities for prevention and intervention of gang activity and learn to design an effective anti-gang program.  Dr. Stephens conducts training throughout the nation in areas just beginning to experience gang activity as well as areas with heavy gang involvement.  Dr. Stephens will discuss signs of gang activities that teachers and administrators should recognize, how to know the difference between a gang member and a “wannabe,” and working with parents of gang members.

Site-Based Management
Presented by James E. Mitchell, Ed.D.
(1 hour 50 minutes)

Learn how to create productive teams of people who will work to continuously improve your school.  Dr. Mitchell, widely known for his exemplary implementation of site-based management, discusses  how site-based management improves decision making at all organizational levels; how teachers and principals can be actively involved in decision making related to student learning; how site-based management fits into the overall district budgetary process; and how site-based management represents the empowerment of teachers.

True Colors
Presented by Don Lowry.
(2 hours 3 minutes)

Designed for school administrators, teachers, and students, this session features Don Lowry, the founder of the True Colors Program.  He has taught his methods to top business managers, educators, and communities throughout the nation.  The True Colors program teaches how to identify your own and others' communication and leadership styles, how both teachers and students can adapt to the others' teaching/learning style, and how to use your own strengths to their best purpose and to strengthen any area of weakness.