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Learn More About Autism, Bullying and School Ratings at UH Sugar Land Research Session

UH Sugar LandPosted Feb. 20, 2017 – Educators from the greater Houston region will delve into important topics such as autism, bullying and school accountability during a March 4 research symposium at University of Houston Sugar Land.

The event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, is sponsored by the UH chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International in conjunction with the Houston-area chapter of PDK. Chapter members can attend for free. Tickets for others are $15 (register online or pay at the door).

“Phi Delta Kappa is an amazing group of professional educators,” said Lindsey Pollock, president of the UH chapter of PDK, which brings together leaders in the field. “We are delighted to partner with UHSL for our annual conference and look forward to a great turnout.”

Jennifer Butcher, associate professor of education at Houston Baptist University, will join co-authors, Emily Rutherford and Lori Hepburn, to discuss their book, “Going to College with Autism, Tips and Strategies from Successful Voices.” The book is intended for K-12 educators and counselors as they support students on the autism spectrum transitioning to college. The authors plan to share personal stories from students.

Breakout session speakers include:

  • Wayne Emerson, visiting professor at UH College of Education, who will present on the “History of Texas Land Grants in Sugar Land.”
  • Pollock, the principal of Garden Oaks Magnet School, who will discuss the Texas school rating system and standardized testing. Her school has a Montessori and environmental sciences program.
  • Brad Odom, whose presentation is titled, “Welcoming Schools: Overview of the award-winning elementary school program that provides educators with tools to create a peaceful school community and addresses the needs of LGBTQ students.”
  • Sherian Doyle, founder and CEO of For The Children and author of “There’s a Pint Size Bully in Our School.” She will provide participants with strategies to empower students to stand up to bullying and to monitor the classroom and campus.

The event will take place in the Brazos Hall multipurpose room at UH Sugar Land. A light breakfast will be provided. Patricia Williams, international president of PDK, will present opening remarks.

–By Marisa Ramirez