School of Education Hosts First “Education and the Family” Series

HFU day 1 0048The School of Education is proud to host its first annual Education and the Family Series on Monday, March 19 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the ETC Auditorium. The inaugural event will focus on bullying and cyber bullying, with a keynote address from Special Agents Emily Evans and Kathryn Murray of Homeland Security Investigations in Philadelphia, PA.

“Last year, Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President for Academic Affairs, asked the School Deans to develop regular events to provide opportunities for engaging the regional community,” said Dr. Kevin Zook, Dean of the School of Education. “I discussed the request with the School's leadership group and together we decided to create an annual Education and the Family Series. All families in the region are connected to, and impacted by, education. We will be able to draw from the broad field of education to plan annual events that will be of interest and value to families, schools, and our own students for years to come.”

Special Agent Emily Evans has been employed with Homeland Security Investigations in Philadelphia, PA since 2007. She has primarily focused on investigating Internet-based child exploitation. Prior to joining Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent Evans was an Analyst at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) based in Alexandria, Virginia where she assisted law enforcement in child exploitation investigations, including children involved in bullying.

Joined by Special Agent Murray, the speakers will focus on internet safety, the issues surrounding online bullying, current trends of online bullying, and how to best help students navigate the online world in a safe manner.

“Arguably, the most important set of knowledge and skill we can teach children in schools and in the family environment is civility,” Zook said. “Bullying threatens civility, and children, parents, teachers, and schools should understand how technological advances also have led to advances in the number of ways bullying can occur.”

A light dinner will be provided from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. There will also be supervised activities for children from toddlers to eighth grade students.

Registration is required. To register, please click here.