MAGNOLIA—-The Southern Arkansas University college of education, in conjunction with Albemarle Corporation, will present the lecture “Education and Democracy” at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10 in Foundation Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center.
The key note speaker of the night is Dr. George Wood, director of the Forum for Education and Democracy. Over the course of his 30-year career in education, Wood has worked as a social studies teacher in Michigan and a professor of education at Ohio University. He currently serves at the principal of Federal Hocking High School in Stewart, Ohio, where he has been for the past 14 years.
Throughout his career, Wood has written many articles about the role of education in democracy. He is also editor and a contributor of the book “Many Children Left Behind,” (Beacon, 2004).
During Woods’ tenure as principal, Federal Hocking High School, a rural school in Appalachian Ohio, has received several awards such as an Ohio’s Best award for the school’s internship program, and being chosen as one of the first five Coalition of Essential Schools “mentor schools” through the work of the Gates Foundation.
Other speakers for the night include Dr. David Rankin, president of SAU, Dr. Ruby Burgess, dean of the college of education at SAU and Joe Bossier, plant manager of Albemarle Corporation.
Albemarle Corporation has helped sponsor this event through a lectureship endowment made possible by its work producing specialty chemicals, transportation, industrial, agricultural and pharmaceutical products, and construction and packaging materials.