Leadership summit for Upward Bound students and 21st Century Scholars, Saturday (2/26)

A leadership summit, “Effecting Student Success through Collaboration,” for Upward Bound students, 21st Century Scholars and families will be held Saturday (2/26) at Purdue University Calumet.

The annual summit, to be held in Alumni Hall of the university’s Student Faculty Library Center, is sponsored by Purdue Calumet’s Educational Talent Search program.

The summit will feature talk show co-host Garrard McClendon, of The McClendon Report; a panel discussion by area school superintendents Walter “Jerry” Watkins (Hammond), Sylvester Rowan (Merrillville) and Sharon Shirley (Lake Ridge); a variety of workshops that highlight the importance of student leadership development; and instructional sessions that demonstrate how excellence can be attained through new technology.

Presentations include:

  • A 5-step strategy to positively effect grades and test scores for students at risk, Garrard McClendon;
  • “Think Outside the Box,” Theodore McClendon, co-host of the McClendon Report;
  • “Discovering Effective Tools That Build Literacy,” Rene Greenleaf, Hammond Public Library;
  • “Show Me The Money” Marty Ramos, Bank Calumet;
  • “Keeping Your Eye on the Prize” (teen lifestyle coaching), Walter Ball Campagna Academy; and
  • “Website 101,” Melvyn Harding, Purdue Calumet Educational Talent Search director.

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded TRIO program via the U.S. Department of Education which assists in providing mainstream educational opportunities to select participants. Talent Search is designed to identify and assist persons from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or first generation college students to complete secondary education and subsequently enroll in postsecondary institutions. Efforts are coordinated with teachers, school counselors, parents, various community agencies and existing support system peers.