“Reversing the Educational Apocalypse: An Arts and Literacy Way Forward" will be presented by Washburn alumnus Chris Goering at the 2012 Herbert and Jo Ann Klemmer Lecture at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 in Carole Chapel, on the Washburn University campus. No admission is charged and the public is invited to attend. Seating is limited.
Goering is an associate professor of English education and assistant program coordinator of curriculum and instructor at the University of Arkansas. He also serves as director of the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project and director of the Center for Children and Youth.
In 2010, he was elected to the National Council of Teachers of English Secondary Section Steering Committee and also appointed to the NCTE Research Forum. In 2007, he was invited as a lifetime member of the Kansas Exemplary Educator Network sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education following the successful completion of National Board Certification for Teachers (2006) in English/Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood. The National Council of Teachers of English recognized Goering in 2004 as a High School Teacher of Excellence and The Writing Conference named him the Judith C. Gilbert Outstanding Writing Teacher the same year.
In 2007, he founded www.LitTunes.com as an open access educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing and developing adolescents' literacies through popular music and music lyrics. LitTunes hosts essays, research, lesson plans and song to literature connections provided, in part, by stakeholders across the country.
Goering received a bachelor of arts degree in English education from Washburn University and a master of education degree and a doctorate, both in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.
The Klemmer Lecture was made possible by an endowment established for the Washburn University English department by Topekan Jo Ann Klemmer in memory of her husband, Herbert, who served many years as a psychiatrist at Menninger. Mrs. Klemmer earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Washburn in 1953.
For information, call 785-670-1915.
Dena Anson, university relations, 785-670-1711