Clark Atlanta University Hosts 9th Annual Colloquium during American Education Week


Samuel Burston

ATLANTA, GA-- November 19, 2019 -- Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and the CAU School of Education will host the 9th Annual Dr. Pearlie C. Dove Colloquium, Tuesday November 19, at Aldridge Theater, Thomas Cole Research Center from 4 PM to 7 PM. This event is held in celebration of American Education Week, November 19-22, 2019.
 The event will feature a panel discussion further exploring the topic, “Keeping Our Schools Safe: What Can We Do?”, moderated by Dr. Rashad Richey, radio personality at News and Talk 1380-WAOK, policy analyst at CBS46 and Peachtree TV.
Panelists include:
  • Morcease J. Beasley, Superintendent, Clayton County Public Schools
  • Garry W. McGiboney, Deputy Superintendent, Office of School Safety and Climate at Georgia Department of Education
  • Chief Debra Williams, Chief of Police, Clark Atlanta University
  • Margaret Counts-Spriggs, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, CAU School of Social Work
  • Corey Holmes, Pastor, City of Atlanta Police Officer, and CAU School Counseling graduate student
  • Vickie M. Jester PhD, LCSW, Director of the Office of Counseling and Disability Services, Clark Atlanta University
  • Dr. Tonya Lawrence Miles, University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, Clark Atlanta University
  • Omar Wray, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, NCSC, School Counselor
The annual Pearlie C. Dove Colloquium, sponsored by the School of Education, takes its name from alumna, professor emerita & author Pearlie C. Dove, Ed.D. Under Dove’s leadership as the chair of the Division of Education, Clark College became the first private Historically Black College in Georgia to be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 1968. Later, she aided in the consolidation of Clark College with Atlanta University in order to begin Clark Atlanta University. She was also elected to work at the policy making level of the Association of Teacher Educators (AATE) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
The Colloquium is a testament to her legacy and the legacy of others who inspired and prepared her as an educator, innovator and advocate. It aspires to encourage and promote spirited exchange related to the work of teacher-education, leadership, and counseling in diverse educational settings.
The event is open to the public, and seeks to engage teachers, practitioners, scholars, and students to address challenges, opportunities, and innovations in the world of teaching and learning.  Educating Youth Everywhere (EYE), Educational Leadership Student Association (ELSA), and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society will host the event and reception immediately following.
Contact Carlethia Townsend at for more information on CAU’s American Education Week events and activities.
About American Education Week
Established in 1921, American Education Week presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. AEW is sponsored by the National Education Association, the U.S. Department of Education and national organizations, including the National PTA, the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, the American Association of School Administrators, the National School Boards Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the American School Counselor Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National School Public Relations Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
2018's theme will be reflected in special observances each day of the 2018 weeklong celebration. For more information on American Education Week, visit
About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a leading research institution of higher education, offering 38 exciting areas of study at bachelor’s, master’s, specialists, and doctoral levels.  Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), CAU continues a 150-year legacy rooted in the African-American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement, CAU cultivates lifted lives that transform the world.

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