The Center for Life Beyond Reed, Division of Student Services

"I've Got the Power: Discussions of Privilege and Education.”

A lecture and discussion by Award winning teacher and education consultant Brian Dassler

Tuesday Mar 3, 4:30PM-6PM in Psychology 105

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The student-led Reed Partnership at Lane (R-Pal) and the Reed College Community Service Program, SEEDS, present a lecture and discussion entitled, "I've Got the Power: Discussions of Privilege and Education."

An educator and educational leader in every sense of the word, Brian Dassler is entering his fifth year at Fort Lauderdale's Stranahan High School. At Stranahan, Brian teaches ninth grade English and twelfth graders preparing for careers in education in the school's nationally-recognized Urban Teacher Academy Program.  During the 2006-07 school year, Brian will be the senior class sponsor, the advisor for the National Honor Society, and help coordinate the school's $1 million federal small learning communities grant.

Brian currently serves as president of the board of directors of FuturePoint, Inc., a non-profit organization providing personal empowerment and leadership development workshops to young adults in South Florida. Brian is in his third term as co-chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board and is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee and numerous statewide boards including the Florida Humanities Council and the LeRoy Collins Institute.

A former member of other local and statewide boards including the Florida PTA, the Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, and the Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board, Brian has consulted for the Council for Educational Change, the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform, the Southern Regional Education Board, the National Student Leadership Conference, and Phi Delta Kappa International. Additionally, Brian designed and taught Urban Teaching Strategies, a course for new teachers at Florida Atlantic University.

A member of Class XXIII of Leadership Florida, Brian is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in education. Brian has been honored by Florida Leader magazine as Grassroots Educator of the Year by a community organizing committee, and, in January 2006, was named from among 17,000 teachers in the nation's sixth largest school district as the School Board of Broward County's teacher of the year, the youngest teacher in district history to earn that recognition.

Brian will share his teaching philosophy: an unequivocal focus on student achievement, a sincere role for families in the education process, and classroom interaction and dialogue as a way of developing and refining communication and critical thinking skills.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact SEEDS at 503-777-7563 or via email.

Also, for Reed students volunteering in education, mark your calendars Saturday, Janurary 27th for an intensive training. Space is limited. Please email Christine Lewis for more information or look for more information in January.