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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

August 27, 2012


By:  Ashley Bench

College of the Ozarks will host the two-day S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit on Wednesday and Thursday, September 19 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, in The Keeter Center. This is the sixth year for the Poverty Summit.

The Poverty Summit provides valuable information for teachers, ministry leaders, church staff members, government officials and community members who want to be more effective in helping struggling individuals by providing practical tools for reaching those in need.  The Summit is named in honor of Mr. S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A and longtime friend of College of the Ozarks.

“The S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit continues to provide helpful tools for many community members who seek ways to help others change their lives,” said Dean of Character Education Dr. Sue Head.  “This year we will welcome back Dr. Rita Pierson, a tremendous educator and powerful speaker who has devoted her life to sharing strategies for helping individuals in poverty learn how to successfully transition into the middle class.”

Wednesday’s session, “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” provides an in-depth study of information and issues that will increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of people in poverty.  Thursday’s session, “Reclaiming the Classroom: Discipline & Working with Parents,” tackles one of the major concerns of educators today, student behavior and conduct, and addresses workable strategies for building relationships with parents and difficult students.

Dr. Pierson has been a professional educator since 1972 and has served in numerous roles, including elementary and special education teacher, junior high school teacher, counselor, assistant principal, director, testing coordinator and consultant.  In addition, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Dr. Pierson also developed and implemented a school/community involvement program for a large urban elementary school, as well as organized and trained an in-school crisis team for students in need of immediate intervention.  As an experience consultant, she has presented numerous workshops for aha! Process, Inc., since 1997.

The event is open to the public, but registration is required for all attendees and includes a fee of $25 per workshop. Registration fee covers admission into the workshop, lunch, and a workshop packet. Attendees have the option of pre-ordering the book A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne for $18 and 10 Action Steps to Educate Students workbook for $10.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact The Keeter Center for Character Education at (417) 690-2242. 


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