MURRAY, Ky. —Murray State University’s annual College and Career Readiness Summit, hosted by the College of Education and Human Services, is scheduled to take place June 13- 14 in Murray. Last year’s event generated a record-breaking number of attendees from 41 school districts throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois. This year’s summit is anticipated to produce even higher attendance levels, due in part to a presentation by Ron Clark.

On June 13, the first day of this two-day event, over 650 educators from across the region will gather in Alexander Hall to attend their choices of 124 training sessions being offered. These sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including innovative classroom strategies for better student engagement, personalized learning techniques and new technologies for improved learning and increased efficiency.

On June 14 beginning at 9 a.m., approximately 1,200 educators will gather in Lovett Auditorium to hear highly anticipated presentations by Ron Clark of the Ron Clark Academy and Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Pruitt will be joined by Rhonda Simms, associate commissioner of the Office of Assessment and Accountability, to discuss Kentucky’s new accountability system and to answer related questions from summit participants.

Clark, who has been known as “America’s educator,” was named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year in 2000 and was recognized as Oprah Winfrey’s first Phenomenal Man. A New York Times bestselling author, Clark has sold over one million copies of his book, “The Essential 55,” which has been published in 25 countries. His classes were honored three times at the White House, and Clark has been featured on CNN, The Today Show and Oprah. He was also portrayed by Matthew Perry in an uplifting film titled “The Ron Clark Story,” which follows Clark’s teaching experiences in New York City.

Following Clark’s presentation, a book signing will be held in Murray State’s Pogue Special Collections Library.

Summit participants may earn up to six free PD/EILA credit hours each day of the event. Though the June 13 session is currently full, interested individuals may sign up to have their names included on a waiting list. Registration for the June 14 session is still open and can be accessed by vising murraystate.edu/ccrsummit. A full event program is also available at this site.

Sponsors of the 2017 College and Career Readiness Summit include Murray State’s College of Education and Human Services, Teacher Quality Institute, Kentucky Academy of Technology Education and Office of Development as well as the Kentucky Middle School Association.

Thanks to Todd Thornton of Great Way to Teach, five individuals from one of the attending school districts will receive free tuition for two days at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta as well as a two-night hotel stay and roundtrip airfare. Interested individuals have completed an initial application process and will be presenting a three-minute pitch to Thornton on June 13. Selected recipients of this prize package will be announced following Clark’s presentation on June 14.

Ron Clark of the Ron Clark Academy is scheduled to present at Murray State University’s 2017 College and Career Readiness Summit, which will be held June 13-14.