The Neff Education Center of Emory & Henry College will present the 28th Annual B.G. Raines Education Forum Tues., April 5, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Our keynote address features Dr. Cynthia Delp, Principal of Fallon Park Elementary School, Roanoke, VA. The event will be held in the Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va. The forum is free and open to the public, but.
Starting on April 5, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., workshops will be presented by the 2015 McGlothlin Award of Teaching Excellence winners: Jalenda Settles from Bedford County Public Schools and Tina Tapp from Radford City Schools and the 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year: Natalie Difusco-Funk from Salem City Public Schools. Our keynote address, featuring Dr. Cynthia Delp, will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Cynthia Delp, Principal, Fallon Park Elementary, Roanoke, VA
Dr. Cynthia Delp is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, with a passion for school improvement and transforming low performing schools. She has led Fallon Park Elementary for over twelve years and the school has been recognized by the National Center for Urban School Transformation as one of the top urban schools in the nation. The school has also been recognized in the book Teaching Practices from America's Best Urban Schools published by Eye on Education. Dr. Delp has been recognized by the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education as an Outstanding Principal for excellence in administration, professional stature, dedicated service and career contribution. Additionally, she has been recognized by the Secretary of Education, Anne Holton, as being one of the most "innovative and engaging leaders throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia".
In August 1988, the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund awarded Emory & Henry College a grant to develop a model program for collaboration and cooperation between the College and public schools.
One goal of this grant was to develop an annual education forum to bring together individuals from Emory & Henry, surrounding schools, business, and industry to establish an on-going dialogue regarding educational needs and opportunities. The yearly forum is intended to initiate and foster this dialogue, to address these needs, and to make plans for continued collaboration to bring about improved education in the region.
In 2006, the forum was renamed the B.G. Raines Education Forum in honor of Dr. Bob Raines for his lifetime of service to education in our region.