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School reform leader Phil Schlechty to deliver keynote address at School of Education’s 125th anniversary celebration

Phil Schlechty, a former faculty member and associate dean in the School of Education, will deliver the keynote address at the School’s 125th anniversary celebration, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. at the Carolina Inn.

Known internationally as a leader in school reform, Schlechty currently heads the Schlechty Center, a private, nonprofit organization in Louisville, Ky., that helps school leaders across the country transform their classrooms and schools into places focused on engagement, not compliance. Schlechty is regarded as a lively speaker and an entertaining, insightful storyteller. His recent books include Leading for Learning: How to Transform Schools into Learning Organizations (2009) and Creating Great Schools: Six Systems at the Heart of Educational Innovation (2005).   

The School of Education honored Schlechty in 2002 with the Peabody Award, the most prestigious award given by the School’s Alumni Association, recognizing the significance of his accomplishments in education.

Schedule of activities

Other activities on Saturday, Sept. 25 include the annual awards luncheon at 10:30 a.m. at the Carolina Inn and a research symposium beginning at 2 p.m. in Peabody Hall. With the theme of “Stories That Changed the Face of Public Education,” the symposium will include four hour-long panel discussions; participants can attend two of these.

The 2 p.m. panel topics will be:

  • Discussing Desegregation in North Carolina
  • Creating Dynamic Leaders in Education

The 3:15 p.m. panel topics will be:

  • Leading the Way for Children With Special Needs
  • Developing Our Nation’s Top Educational Researchers

The day’s activities will conclude with a reception following Phil Schlechty’s keynote address.

More information will be posted on the SOE website as it becomes available.