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Welsh Professor to Visit Averett


September 8, 2011

Averett University is pleased to welcome Dr. Russell Grigg, head of the Center for Teacher Education in South Wales at the University of Wales Trinity, St. David in Carmarthen, Wales. Grigg will be visiting the University Sept. 10-14. On Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Blount Chapel where he will talk about Welsh education and lead a question and answer discussion.

Griggs has taught at both the elementary level and at the university level. He is also a qualified school inspector. He is also the director of a master's with qualified teacher status (QTS) program open to international students, which is a unique program in Wales. He spent several years developing quality assurance, including the filming of exemplary practice among student teachers, which led to his publication of "Becoming an Outstanding Teacher" - a text used by many teacher training providers in the United Kingdom.

Grigg's visit is a result of the partnership Averett is working on with the University of Wales Trinity. This partnership would provide study abroad opportunities for students majoring in education. In May 2012, six education majors from Averett will be selected to participate. Then in the fall of 2010, six students from the Welsh university would come to Averett for a similar three week experience.

Averett already has several agreements with other universities including the University of Dundee in Scotland and the University of Limerick in Ireland.

For more information about Grigg's upcoming visit email Dr. Pam Riedel, education professor.