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The second semiannual Education and Psychology Research in Action Conference is set for Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Foundation Hall of East Central University’s Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The free event is geared toward public school teachers, pre-service teachers and those in the field of psychology.

Dr. Anna Hinton, director of parental options and improvement for the U.S. Department of Education, will be the keynote speaker. Breakout sessions will also take place.

Hinton oversees numerous programs that supports alternatives in education, including the Parent Information and Resources Centers Program, Magnet Schools Program, Full-Service Community Program and Public School Choice Program.

Prior to her current position, Hinton served for seven years as the special assistant to the director of the Student Achievement and School Accountability Program in the U.S. Department of Education, where she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day program operations for the Title I, Part A program. In this capacity, she also developed non-regulatory guidance and other resources on the Title I, Part A parental involvement and choice provisions.

Before arriving at the U.S. Department of Education, Hinton spent more than five years working at the National Institute of Justice where she was responsible for managing multi-year program evaluations of national family violence prevention programs.

For more information on the conference contact Nanette Schmitt, ECU assistant professor of educational research, at 580-559-5338 or at .



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