COLUMBUS, Miss. – More than 200 Golden Triangle educators will gather to be celebrated, inspired and appreciated at the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching Conference (ECET2) on the campus of Mississippi University for Women Sept. 29-30.

“We are excited to offer the teachers in Columbus, Starkville and Columbus the opportunity to interact with each other in the collaborative spirit of true networking,” said Melinda Lowe, interim director of the Office of Outreach & Innovation.

ECET2 was created from a desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and to celebrate the teaching profession. Each national and regional ECET2 convening is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At each ECET2, teachers collaborate with and support one another, improving their ability to support students.

ECET2 Golden Triangle is the second regional ECET2 to be held in the state of Mississippi and first in the region. All speakers and session leaders are products of the Golden Triangle.

Sponsored by the Office of Outreach and Innovation at The W, the event will start on the evening of Friday, Sept. 29, with a celebratory reception with refreshments, entertainment and networking. The following day will begin with four Early Morning Energizers. These energizers will allow educators to choose the option of starting their day with yoga, a morning walk on the Riverwalk, talking over coffee or gaining extra rest. The remainder of the day will feature five Cultivating a Calling speakers and seven breakout session presenters. Among the speakers and presenters are Jay Little, former Golden Triangle student and Gates Millennium Scholar and Lauren Zarandona, Mississippi School for Math and Science teacher and winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Each educator who attends ECET2 will receive numerous gifts valued at $150 per person and will be entered to receive a spa experience during the event. Educators will also be eligible to receive free CEUs for attending. The W’s Project Chew will partner to provide healthy snack options for the event.

“The ECET2-GT convening will bring together teachers in the spirit of collaboration and learning. We aim to harness the power of teacher leader networks to deepen learning, as well as to improve the teaching practice to better serve students,” said Lowe.

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Sept. 25, 2017
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