On Wednesday, nationally acclaimed educator and catalyst for change, Erin Gruwell, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker.
Gruwell has earned a national, award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education.
Her impact as a change agent runs deep — so deep, in fact, that her story attracted Hollywood’s attention, and two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank calls her “a force of nature.” Gruwell’s story tracks an idealistic young woman who actually believed in her high school English students, most of whom had been written off by the education system.
This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Galveston Island Convention Center.
Great anticipation is building for this year’s convocation as Dr.
Kelli Moulton, our newly appointed superintendent of schools, will, for the first time, speak to the entire district.
Excitement is in the air all around the Galveston Independent School District.
Last week, you may have noticed the extra traffic and number of cars parked around our school buildings and campuses. Many have worked throughout the summer by attending numerous professional development opportunities.
Our new-to-the-profession and new-to-the-district teachers began their school year a week ago by attending the “Capturing Kids’ Hearts” training.
As a district initiative, teachers, staff and administrators learn and practice skills they will use and model in their classrooms and schools, including how to build meaningful, productive relationships with every student and every colleague and developing techniques for dealing with conflict, negative behavior and disrespect issues.
Afterward, district employees will attend workshops for the rest of the day.
This year’s theme is “Think-Learn-Plan-Lead.” More than 50 breakout training sessions have been planned.