SOE prepares for upcoming Oehler, Harris lectures

The VCU School of Education is preparing for an exciting and eventful spring, as its two signature events, the Oehler Lecture and the Harris Lecture, will take place within one week of each other.

The John and Mary Sue Oehler Lecture for Educational Leadership is currently scheduled for March 30 at 4 p.m. at the VCU Sports Medicine Building, while the Ruth Harris Lecture in Dyslexia Studies will be held April 6 at 4 p.m. in the same location.

The two annual lectures are generally among the most anticipated events on the School of Education calendar each year, bringing together VCU faculty and staff with renowned researchers and local community members.

John and Mary Sue Oehler Lecture for Educational Leadership

The Oehler Lecture, created in honor of former School of Education dean Dr. John S. Oehler, brings internationally-renowned speakers to campus to provide their expertise on key issues in education. This year's keynote will be provided by Catherine Snow, educational psychologist and applied linguist at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and will center around the opportunities and challenges of researcher/practitioner partnerships in education.

Ruth Harris Lecture in Dyslexia Studies

The Harris Lecture, meanwhile, began in 2011 following a gift from Ruth and Louis Harris. Each year, the event brings prominent scholars to discuss their work on — and often first-hand experience with — learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

Dr. Daryl Mellard, research professor and director of the National Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Kansas, will serve as the featured speaker for this year's Harris Lecture. His current research involves finding alternatives for addressing learner variability to make online learning more accessible, engaging and effective for students with disabilities.

Both events are free and open to the public.