December 2014

Dalton Daily CItizen, ChamberLink

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December 2014 Chamber Link 7 Leadership Dalton-Whitfield Leadership Dalton-Whitfield Education Session This year's Leadership Dalton-Whitfield Education Session was held at Dalton State College's new science building, Peeples Hall. The session was jam packed with speakers, information about the school districts, about higher education institutions and involve- ment opportunities. The CEO briefing is always an important part of the session which included Dr. Jim Hawkins, Superintendent of Dalton Public Schools; Dr. Judy Gilreath, Superintendent of Whitfield County Schools; Dr. John Schwenn, President of Dalton State College; and Dr. Pete McDonald, President of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. An interactive brief- ing on funding was also part of the ses- sion provided by Theresa Perry, Chief Financial Officer for Dalton Public Schools; and Daniel Theis, Chief Financial Officer for Whitfield County Schools. The class had an opportunity to inter- act with Dalton State College students during lunch and engaged them on the challenges that they face. The class had an opportunity to view a variety of table top displays on topics that included Career Readiness, College Readiness and Dual Enrollment, Advanced Learners IB, AP and Dual Enrollment, Literacy in the Schools, Technology, and Fine and Performing arts; all staffed by Dalton Public and Whitfield County Schools. Gerald Porter, Headmaster for Christian Heritage School, shared information about the school. Archway Professional, Melissa Lu, talked about the Archway Partnership programs and education initiatives. The day concluded with a dialog and brief overview of the book Schools Cannot Do It Alone. "Profile of a Learner" was the homework assignment for this ses- sion, which included getting to know the programs and services offered to cultural newcomers, students in poverty, student with disabilities, a program called Go Back, Move Ahead, and gifted students. The day concluded with an overview of the book Schools Cannot Do It Alone by Jamie Vollmer. Each class member received a copy of the book compliments of the LDW program. Special thanks to Dalton State College for hosting this session and special thanks to Dr. Jim Hawkins, Dr. Judy Gilreath, Dr. John Schwenn and Dr. Pete McDonald for serving as session chairs. This group is gathered around the table top display on Technology in the Schools. The Leadership class is pictured in a classroom at Dalton State College for their Education session. Class members are pictured gathered around one of six table top displays to learn about the programs offered at Dalton Public Schools and Whitfield County Schools. This table top display is on the topic of Literacy in the Schools.

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