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AU's School of Education, Teaching & Health hosts Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

WHAT:  Alliance for Quality Urban Education (AQUE) Symposium: Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators
WHO:  Craig T. Ramey and Sharon Landesman Ramey, directors,   Center for Health and Education, Georgetown University

Deborah A. Gist, state superintendent of education,  District of Columbia 

WHEN: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, December 6

WHERE:  McDowell Hall Formal Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA:   Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University’s School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) will host a symposium, Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators, on Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American University’s McDowell Hall Formal Lounge.  The symposium is part of SETH’s Alliance for Quality Urban Education (AQUE) program, which aims to improve D.C. schools by providing teachers with professional development opportunities.

Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators will include a keynote presentation and dialogue with Craig Ramey and Sharon Landesman Ramey, directors of Georgetown University’s Center for Health and Education.  The Rameys are renowned experts in the study of factors affecting young children's development of intelligence, social competence, and academic achievement. 

Over the past 30 years, the husband and wife team has conducted research involving 14,000 children and families in 40 states. Deborah Gist, state superintendent of education for the District of Columbia, will offer welcoming remarks. Following the keynote presentation and discussion, Craig and Sharon Ramey will be signing their latest book, Going to School: How to Help Your Child Succeed.

AQUE brings together SETH at AU’s College of Arts and Sciences with representatives of D.C. public and public charter schools, the Center for Inspired Teaching, D.C. Teaching Fellows, and Teach for America-D.C. in an effort to improve the quality of the D.C. public education system. The program seeks to help D.C. teachers gain licensure with ongoing career development programs and support from supervising faculty and mentor teachers.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.