Kennesaw State University hosts worldwide education conference

The International Alliance for Invitational Education is holding its 21st Anniversary Meeting and…

Georgia (Sep 29, 2004) — Kennesaw State University hosts worldwide education conference

Frances Weyand


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The International Alliance for Invitational Education is holding its 21st Anniversary Meeting and World Conference Oct. 7–9. Approximately four hundred educators‚ students and community leaders from around the world are expected to participate.

Entitled “The Courage to Care in an Age of Accountability‚” the conference begins with a special pre−session on Thursday‚ Oct. 7‚ at the KSU Center on the campus of Kennesaw State University. This pre−session is designed specifically for student teachers and first−year teachers and is in partnership with KSU’s Bagwell College of Education. Dr. Betty Siegel‚ president of Kennesaw State‚ and Dr. William W. Purkey‚ professor emeritus of educational counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro‚ will speak in a general session on Thursday afternoon.

On Friday and Saturday‚ the conference moves to the Hyatt Regency Suites Perimeter Hotel in Marietta. Special guests include Peter Yarrow‚ of the singing group Peter‚ Paul and Mary‚ who will talk about Operation Respect‚ a program that introduces the arts into classrooms within New York City. Special guests will also include education specialists from the United States‚ Canada and Hong Kong.
Rep. John Lewis and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin are scheduled to participate
in a panel discussion on Friday‚ Oct. 8. The panel presentation will be “The Brown Decision: What Can We Celebrate 50 Years Later?” This year‚ IAIE will honor 21 outstanding schools from around the world for their achievements in invitational education.

The International Alliance for Invitational Education is based on the ethical concepts of respect‚ trust‚ optimism and intentionality and fosters the highest level of learning for the individual student. The International Alliance was founded in 1984 by Dr. Siegel and Dr. Purkey to celebrate and encourage those qualities. The organization has more than 700 members worldwide‚ with international centers in Hong Kong and Bermuda.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚000 from 129 countries. The third largest university in the state‚ and a member of the 34−institution University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit