Oakland University to host Student Leadership Conference May 3

Oakland University hosting student leadership conference May 3
This group of students from Troy presented a student leadership conference breakout session at last year's event.

Students and school administrators from the 28 Oakland County school districts will gather at Oakland University on Tuesday, May 3 for the seventh annual Student Leadership Conference.

The conference, organized by the Learning Achievement Coalition-Oakland (LAC-O) and Oakland University features a daylong series of breakout educational sessions focused on creating a positive learning environment for students. The conference purpose is to improve achievement for all students while eliminating achievement gaps wherever they exist.

"Artivist" Janelle Bechdol is this year's conference
keynote speaker. She uses the power of music to inspire students.

This year’s conference theme is “The Winner In You” and this year’s keynote speaker is Janelle Bechdol.

“The planning committee chose Ms. Bechdol this year because of the amazing way she uses the power of music to reach and inspire students,” said Lisa A. Reeves, executive director for the School of Education and Human Services’ Outreach and Program Services Office. “This year, we have an outstanding offering of breakout sessions planned that are definitely going to motivate and activate our participants.”

As a motivational speaker, Bechdol is considered an “artivist” and her life’s work is centered on leveraging the power of popular music to uplift the dreams, spirits and collective future of young people. She is the co-founder of the Hall Pass Tour, which is a concert series that travels the country to get kids excited about their passions and educates them on ways to use their leadership abilities for positive and effective school change. Bechdol lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn where she is a musician, educator and public speaker. 

Faculty, staff and students from Oakland University will present several of the breakout sessions. In addition, teachers and students from participating school districts throughout Oakland County and the keynote speaker will also present several thought-provoking sessions.

This year’s breakout session topics include: Defining Your Personal Leadership Brand, Student Voice and a Positive School Culture, Building a Better YOU, Digging into Diversity, Leading Courageous Conversations, Leveraging Social Media and many more. See a complete list of breakout sessions.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in Wilson Hall with the day’s events concluding at 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For directions view the Oakland University campus map. For more information on the 2016 Student Leadership Conference, contact Lisa A. Reeves at (248) 370-3336 or at reeves2@oakland.edu.

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About the SEHS Outreach and Program Services Office:

The Outreach and Program Services Office, formerly Professional Development, was created in 1997. Since then, it has represented Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services community outreach efforts through off-campus and online programs and workshops. It also offers continuing education for educators, counselors and other external organizations.

About The Learning Achievement Coalition – Oakland (LAC-O)

LAC-O is a collaboration between the twenty-eight school districts in Oakland County Michigan, Oakland Schools (Intermediate School District), Oakland University, and the University of Michigan dedicated to improving achievement for all students, especially students of color, students from poverty and non-traditional learners. Together LAC-O seeks to provide access to high quality curriculum, effective instruction and engaging learning environments for all students. The collaboration began in 2007 and strives to use regional and local data to increase awareness of disparities in achievement between student groups and to collectively focus resources of students, parents, educators, and community together to attend to important learning goals for students.