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School reform initiatives topic for annual BYU education lecture March 18

Brigham Young University’s David O. McKay School of Education will be sponsoring the Seventh Annual Benjamin Cluff Jr. Lecture Thursday, March 18, at 11 a.m. in the Assembly Hall of the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.

George Batsche, professor and co-director of the Institute for School Reform in the School Psychology Program at the University of South Florida, will be the featured speaker. The lecture will be titled, “Response to Intervention: The Impact of a School Reform Initiative on the Schooling of America’s Children and Youth.”

Batsche has been doing research on public schools for more than 30 years. His has research expertise is in bullying, adolescent depression, aggression and violence prevention. In the past, Batsche has appeared on NBC’s “Today,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and ABC’s “20/20” to discuss these issues.

Immediately following the lecture, three BYU-Public School Partnership teacher educators will be honored for distinguished work in their field. This year’s honorees are Sandra K. Lewis, a resource teacher in Nebo School District who mentors BYU teacher candidates; Duane B. Merrell, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; and Richard R. Sudweeks, a professor in the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology and program coordinator for the McKay School Educational Inquiry, Measurement and Evaluation Ph.D. Program.

The annual lecture is named after Benjamin Cluff Jr., the first president of BYU. His 12-year legacy included a tradition of inviting renowned scholars, like education philosopher John Dewey, to make presentations to the university faculty and students.

For more information, contact Roxanna Johnson at (801) 422-1922 or at Roxanna_johnson@byu.edu.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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