2000 NAAE Convention Speakers
The Honorable Brooks
P. Coleman, Ph.D.
"Blast Off to New Horizons ... NAAE Leading the Way into the 21st Century!"
What a difference 100 years make! Our work tools have changed from pencil and paper to megabytes, and we’ve only just begun. Seventy-five percent of the technology we will use in the year 2010 has not been invented yet! If schools are to survive this tremendous change, they must find new and innovative ways to meet the needs of their consumers, train and communicate with their employees and prepare for the 21 century. Our speaker, Dr. Brooks P. Coleman, Jr., will entertain, inform and give us a formula that will help us be successful and become the "HEROS AND SHEROES" of this wonderful changing world.
In Dr. Coleman’s distinguished career, he has been a coach, teacher, principal, administrative assistant to the superintendent, director of curriculum development, and assistant superintendent in Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia. Currently, in addition to his motivational speaking engagements, he is a state representative in the Georgia legislature. He has earned five university degrees all in education from Mercer University, the University of Georgia, and Georgia State University. His highest degree is the Ph.D. in educational administration and curriculum.
This year, Dr. Coleman was named Georgia Legislator of the Year by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. He has also been named Legislator of the Year by the Gwinnett County Public School Counselors and Rotarian of the Year.
Dr. Coleman’s appearance at the NAAE convention is sponsored by Applied Technologies (a Division of Learning Labs) in Calhoun, Georgia and Horticopia in Purcellville, Virginia. Both of these organizations are NAAE organizational members.
Dr. Charles W. Byers
"Using FFA to Motivate Students"
Dr. Charles Byers is a great motivator. He is known in career and technical education circles throughout his home state of Kentucky and nationwide for his "17 Principles of Motivating Students." Dr. Byers believes in using career development events at the local level to enhance student learning. Dr. Byers plays down winning (that is, finishing first); however, the effective implementation of his principles will motivate students to achieve high levels of success. During his address, Dr. Byers will present his 17 principles and he’ll move you to both laughter and tears.
Great, effective teaching is Dr. Byers’ calling card. He holds many "firsts." He was the first recipient of the Southern Region Agricultural Educators Distinguished Teaching Award; he was the first recipient of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Education Exceptional Performance Award; he was the first recipient of the UK College of Agriculture Master Teacher Award. He is a two-time recipient of the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award.
During Dr. Byers’ career, he has been a high school ag teacher in west Kentucky, professor of ag ed at UK, UK academic ombudsman, and deputy superintendent in the Kentucky Department of Education. He was also the first commissioner for the Department of Adult and Technical Education in Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet. Since Dr. Byers will be speaking to the NAAE convention attendees regarding using FFA to motivate students, it is worthy to add that he has taught the student/youth organization course at UK for more than 30 years.