The Neff Education Center of Emory & Henry College will present the 26th Annual B.G. Raines Education Forum Tues., April 8, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va. The forum is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Starting at 4:00 p.m., workshops will be presented by the 2013 McGlothlin Award of Teaching Excellence winners and the 2013 Virginia Teacher of the Year.
Ian Jukes, a founder and Executive Director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international educational leadership consulting firm.
Ian Jukes has taught at all grade levels, been a school, district and provincial administrator; a university instructor, and a national and international consultant. To date he has written or co-written more than a dozen books, 9 educational series and more that 200 articles that have been published in various journals around the world. His most recent books, otherwise known as the 21st Century Fluency series, are: Teaching the Digital Generation (with Kelly & McCain, 2008), Living on the Future Edge (with McCain & Crockett, 2010) and Literacy Is Not Enough (with Churches & Crockett, 2010). First and foremost Ian is a passionate educational evangelist. From the beginning, Ian's focus has been on the compelling need to restructure our educational institutions so that they become relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generation - and to prepare them for their future and not just our past.
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.