Clayton State University’s Education Speaker Series, “Teaching in a Diverse World,” will continue on Monday, Mar. 26 by discussing a topic made even more relevant by the events yesterday at a high school outside of Cleveland, where a young man who had been subjected to school bullying shot five students, killing three.
Preventing Childhood Bullying: Viewing “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” will be the subject of a presentation on Mar. 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Auditorium of the main building of Clayton State – East, which is located on Trammell Road in Morrow, just east of the main Clayton State campus. Like all of the Education Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.
Inspired by a true story, “The Fat Boy Chronicles” reveals the emotionally painful world obese teens experience in the face of a thin-obsessed society. A screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring author and former mathematics teacher, Michael Buchanan, along with actors, film makers, and children’s health advocates. Panelists will speak on the inspiration for the book and the issue of bullying in today’s classrooms. Also under discussion will be the craft of writing and the art of film making.
Two additional Education Speaker Series dates are scheduled for April. On Monday, Apr. 9, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center, the Series will present Fighting to Teach: Education Advocacy Panel. This interactive panel of educators and education activists is struggling to improve education for all teachers, students, and families in Georgia. The panel will include a variety of speakers from lawyers to teachers and political activists — all with ideas for creating change in our classrooms, our schools, and our world.
Then, on Monday, Apr. 23, it’s Creating Change: Safe Classroom Spaces Panel. This panel discussion, designed for pre-service and in-service teachers and school counselors, will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in room UC272 of the Baker Center. The session will focus on areas such as professional
responsibilities, creating safe spaces for all students, attitude awareness and advocating for all students. All students and faculty interested in promoting equity and social justice will benefit from participating.
For more information, call the Clayton State Department of Teacher Education at (678) 466-4825 or email RuthCaillouet@clayton.edu.