Rivier University to host Doctoral Conference on Leadership & Learning on February 23

NASHUA, N.H. – Rivier University will host a regional, peer-reviewed research conference in education that focuses on scholarship at the doctoral level on Saturday, February 23.

The mission of the Doctoral Conference on Leadership & Learning (DCLL) is to provide a venue for doctoral students to present their current, innovative, and scholarly work in education and related fields; share ideas in a collegial atmosphere; provide feedback and supportive reflection; and build networking and professional opportunities.

Presentation topics include but are not limited to: community leadership, educational leadership, curriculum studies, educational technology, topics in special education, assessment, educational psychology, the brain and learning, and diversity in education.

Though the presentation roster has been filled, all members of the educational research community are encouraged and welcome to participate, including current and prospective doctoral students.

“Research and scholarship are so integral to doctoral studies that hosting a research conference is a natural next step for our graduate programs,” said Dr. Naomi Schoenfeld, associate professor of education and DCLL faculty advisor. “We are excited to have this opportunity to provide a forum for our own doctoral students, as well as for emerging scholars from across the region.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael George. Dr. George is an associate professor at Lehigh University and the director of Centennial School of Lehigh University, an approved private school for children and youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities and a training facility for graduate students at Lehigh University.

Prior to arriving at Centennial School, he was the administrator of the Lane School Programs in Eugene, Ore. that was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. for its promising practices in working with adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Dr. George is former president of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children. He is the recipient of Lehigh University's Tradition of Excellence Award as well as the Hillman Award for outstanding professional contributions. He was invited to the First White House Conference on Mental Health, and more recently to provide testimony before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of U.S. Senate on the topic of creating positive learning environments. He is the author of numerous handbook and journal publications and has presented papers at many national and international conferences, including the First World Congress on Special Education.

Approximately 20 other presentations will include topics such as military veteran acculturation through higher education; transformative leadership through cohort participation in a doctoral program; and special education teacher retention in urban settings.

The conference will take place at the Benoit Education Center on the Rivier University campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is hosted and funded by Rivier University.

For more information and to register to attend, go to http://www.dcll.org.