Author, Educator Ron Clark to Speak at Auburn University

June 24, 2014

Ron Clark
Ron Clark

The East Alabama Regional Inservice Center (EARIC), part of Auburn University’s College of Education, is hosting a presentation by Ron Clark, widely known for his innovative and successful work with disadvantaged students in Harlem and rural North Carolina. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at the Auburn Arena.

Often called “America’s Educator,” Clark has published best-selling books on his successful and inspiring teaching methods, including The Essential 55, which has sold over 1 million copies. He was also the subject of a 2006 film entitled The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

“We are excited to have Ron Clark visit Auburn to share his experiences and his vision with our school partners,” said Sandy Armstrong, EARIC Director. “Ron’s ability to connect with both teachers and students is well-known, and has brought him recognition from the White House on multiple occasions. Ron was honored as Oprah Winfrey’s first ‘Phenomenal Man’ and was named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year in 2000.”

The event is expected to draw over 5,000 people. Special invitees include all faculty and staff – from bus drivers to superintendents – of EARIC’s 15 school districts; all employees of the Alabama State Department of Education; State Board of Education members; the Alabama Regional support staff; Alabama Legislators; and all faculty, students and staff from the College of Education.

“This is another example of how we impact our school partners, which we do in so many positive ways,” Armstrong said. “Our faculty members engage in dozens of innovative and highly-effective outreach programs to improve the quality of teaching, research and education for our state, especially during the summer months. During a time when many people think our teachers are ‘taking a break,’ they are often working with our faculty to develop resources to become better teachers.”

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a brief presentation that highlights the many ways Auburn’s research and outreach efforts help our existing teachers, prepare capable, classroom-ready teachers from our student cohort, and enhance teacher and administrator capabilities through our graduate programs.

“Following the presentation, we are honored to have our own State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Tommy Bice, welcome our speaker. As a three-time College of Education graduate, Dr. Bice is a great example of the kinds of people who leave Auburn and go into our educational community prepared to lead and inspire.”

Ron Clark will take the podium at 9:30 and speak for 90 minutes. Following his talk Clark will sign books, pose for pictures with attendees, and attend a reception for supporters of the College.

Ron Clark’s presentation is free and open to all faculty and staff in the 15 school districts of Region 9 which is supported by the East Alabama Regional Inservice Center, as well as other invited stakeholders.

For more information on the event, contact Sandy Armstrong at Auburn’s East Alabama Regional Inservice Center, at 334.844.5028, or email her at EARIC’s website is

Story by George Littleton