David Rock, dean of the Columbus State University School of Education, will speak on the topic, "Perception Is Reality: Attaining Excellence in Education," during Monday's 2007-08 Fall Kickoff for Muscogee County School District teachers.
The rally will be 8:30 a.m. in the Columbus Civic Center, one week before students attending traditional schools return to classes for the new school year.
Superintendent John A. Phillips Jr. and Muscogee County School Board Chairman James Walker also will address teachers.
Rock joined CSU in 2006, coming from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he chaired the education department and taught mathematics. He served previously as coordinator of secondary education at the University of Mississippi.
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He received a bachelor's degree in math from Vanderbilt University; master's degree in math education and doctorate in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Central Florida.
Rock is co-author of 15 books and has served on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education's Board of Examiners.