sherrellwilson-fall15Supervisor, Division of Academic Support & Federal Programs

Dr. Sherell Wilson serves HASA as its Secretary and Special Events Committee Chairman for 2015-16. She has twice won HASA scholarships to propel her toward achievement of her Ph.D. in 2014. She then was awarded a HASA Professional Development grant which she used to attend a conference this fall. Following is her first person account of that experience.

I had the pleasure of participating in this year’s

Educational Strategies and Student Engagement Institute (ESSEI) hosted by the Florida Department of Education. The institute was held on September 21-23, 2015 at The Orlando World Center Marriott.

The 2015 ESSEI conference united professionals from various disciplines in support of our commitment to keep students in school, engage them in learning, and to ensure that quality programs are available to enrich their learning. This year’s 2015 ESSEI Conference was designed to provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the factors that impact students’ decisions to dropout, and also to provide resources to enrich the capacity of educators and the community in responding to the charge of keeping students in school and helping them graduate and be prepared for life.