USF Sarasota-Manatee professor to join education forum

Dr. G. Pat Wilson

Dr. G. Pat Wilson

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Dr. G. Pat Wilson, interim dean of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, will join a panel of speakers Monday at a gathering of the League of Women Voters’ Manatee County chapter.

Dr. Wilson will join Cynthia Saunders, deputy superintendent for Instructional Services at the Manatee school district, and Manatee Educator Association President Pat Barber for a panel discussion entitled “Schools, Standards and Learning: Educating School Children in Florida.”

The 90-minute forum, which METV will tape, is set to start at 11:30 a.m. and be held at the Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.

Each panelist will make brief opening remarks before a question-and-answer session with audience members. Dr. Wilson said she plans to speak about the role of standards in education – or how educators use standards in planning instruction – as well as literacy development in children and educator preparation.

Dr. Wilson has addressed crowds previously but usually in settings that involved other academics, school boards or parents.

“I think this will be a little different,” she said. “I’m looking forward to this new experience.”

The discussion is part of the League’s “hot topic” series. The event is free and open to the public, however a $5 donation for lunch is requested. For more information, call (941) 729-9248.

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