District Partners with Dr. Calvin Mackie and Milton Creagh


On August 23, the Wilkinsburg School District welcomed back award-winning mentor and author Dr. Calvin Mackie, along with world-renowned motivational speaker Milton Creagh, who gave separate presentations to District teachers and parents. They were joined by former New Orleans school teachers, Melba Venison, Ph.D., and Katie Rovaris, M. Ed.
The District has forged a partnership with both Mackie and Creagh, who will participate in a year-long speaker series for all members of the District community. Over the course of the current school year, they will visit the District periodically to deliver their powerful message to students, teachers, and parents. The speaker series is part of the District’s renewed efforts to educate the “whole child,” by engaging all members of the greater community. Mackie and Creagh’s most recent visit focused on increasing teacher effectiveness and maximizing parental involvement in students’ academic and personal success. They last spoke to District teachers and parents in May.
Mackie and Creagh’s involvement with the District will also include visits to individual buildings to meet with principals and observe classroom instruction. They will then make recommendations on strategies to further enhance the educational experience of students.
Dr. Calvin Mackie, a native of New Orleans, La, is an award-winning mentor, motivational speaker, and successful entrepreneur. Dr. Mackie has authored several scholarly journals, along with the motivational book, A View from the Roof: Lessons for Life and Business. Dr. Mackie was also featured prominently in Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina documentaries, When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.
Milton Creagh is one of the most highly demanded speakers for teens in America. Best known for his hard-hitting, inspirational talks to students, Mr. Creagh speaks to more than 200,000 young adults annually, and has spoken in 49 states, as well as Canada, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.
“We recognize that meaningful change within our district will be the result of a community-wide effort,” said Wilkinsburg Superintendent Archie D. Perrin, Jr. “I firmly believe that Dr. Mackie and Mr. Creagh are people who can inspire every member of our school district community to work together for the success of our students.”


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