2014 Critical Issues Seminar — Registration is Ongoing

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Registration for the Council’s 2014 Critical Issues Seminar on Public Education with a guaranteed lunch has been extended for those who do not require a gluten-free or vegan meal. Those registrations must be submitted online (see form below) by 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 12. Registration is ongoing for anyone who does not require that a meal be provided and can take place through Friday at 4 p.m. online or in-person on the morning of the seminar.

The seminar takes place Monday, June 16, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill. Check in starts at 8:15 so that we can begin promptly.

The keynote speaker will be Mike Ward, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction for NC from 1997-2004. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church will lead worship. Dr. Scott Ralls, current President of the NC Community College system, Rebecca Garland, Deputy State Superintendent for the NC Department of Public Instruction, and Drew Moretz, Vice President for Governmental Relations for the UNC system will participate in a roundtable discussion to complete the morning session.

The afternoon schedule will include two sessions of workshops led by public school advocates and faith leaders from around NC. Workshop sessions will cover topics such as the teaching profession, wealth disparities, early childhood education, college issues, and what churches can do to support public schools. The program will end early enough to allow those who attend the seminar time to join the Moral Monday event that evening in Raleigh. A full schedule for the day, with workshop descriptions and presenters, is available here.

The North Carolina Council of Churches has long affirmed the role of public schools as one of society’s primary vehicles for social, racial, and economic justice. Our goal is to provide information for progressive people of faith on ways they can engage and support the public education system in our state. The Council is excited to lift up voices in support of public education. We hope you will consider attending and lifting up your voice as well. For fliers to share with others about this event, click here.

To pre-register, please complete the form below or call the Council office at 919-828-6501. Please use the scroll bar on the side of the form to see all information. To complete your registration, payment must be received. Click here to complete payment by PayPal.


For payment, send a check to NC Council of Churches, 27 Horne Street, Raleigh, NC 27607 or submit payment through PAYPAL:

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Lauren Chesson, MSW Intern Lauren Chesson, MSW Intern

Lauren grew up in Royston, GA. She is a graduate of Davidson College with a BA in Religion. After working as a nanny for 6 years with two of the most adorable little girls on the planet, she began the pursuit of her Masters in Social Work degree from N.C. State. She will graduate in May, and then she plans to attend seminary and work towards ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church.


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