Famed Lecturer Wong to Visit TAMIU May 25

Top Author Dr. Harry Wong to
Lecture at TAMIU May 25

Regarded as one of the nation's top motivational lecturers on effective teaching, Dr. Harry Wong, co-author of The First Days of School, will provide a special lecture on Thursday, May 25 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts' Recital Hall.

The lecture is  made possible by the TAMIU College of Education's Alternative Certification Program.


Dr. Wong's presentation, "How to Achieve Maximum Success in the Classroom," will be open by invitation to Laredo and United Independent School District educators and TAMIU interns and mentors.


Dr. Juan Lira, TAMIU College of Education professor and chair of the department of Curriculum and Instruction, said the opportunity for the community's educators and educators-to-be to experience Wong's lecture is rare.


"He literally travels all over the world and is in incredible demand.  The opportunity for Laredo educators and TAMIU student teachers tohear his presentation is rare.  It's the kind of thing that will inspirethem for years to come," Dr. Lira said.


Wong and wife Rosemary are co-authors of  The First Days of School, which has sold over 2.7 million copies. A former high-school science teacher in Menlo Park, California, Wong has been a teacher for over 33 years. His wife, Rosemary, also a former educator, is the book's editor and designer.


The book is considered the pre-eminent book on classroom management and lesson mastery. It walks novice or veteran teachers through the mosteffective ways to begin a school year and continue to become an effective teacher. It is used in virtually every new teacher induction program, including those provided by TAMIU, and over 60 countries.


Pivotal to  Wong's approach is the fundamental belief that classroom management is the practices and procedures that allow teachers to teach and students to learn.


He has given some 3,000 presentations to nearly a half million people in every American state and Canadian province and in South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.


Wong has been awarded the Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award, Science Teacher Achievement Recognition Award, Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, and the Valley Forge Teacher's Medal. He was also the subject of a story in Reader's Digest.


For additional information, contact Diana Rodriguez, TAMIU ACP program director,  at 326.2687 or e-mail at drodriguez@tamiu.edu


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