Environmentalist and author Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will present the keynote address at New York State United Teachers' annual Regional Educational Conference titled "Motivate and Celebrate the Teacher in You." The conference is sponsored by the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center.
More than 600 local educators and other professionals are expected to attend.
The conference will be held on May 16 at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Broadway. Registration for workshops begins at 3:30 p.m. Kennedy will deliver the keynote at 6 p.m. The media is invited.
Workshops offered at the conference include "Teaching the Nature of Science" and "Outdoor Education." Continuing the theme of environmental issues, Kennedy - a resolute defender of the environment - is expected to speak on the many successful legal actions that helped lead the fight to restore the Hudson River and to protect New York City's water supply.
Kennedy serves as senior attorney for the National Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. His award-winning articles have been included in anthologies of America's best crime writing, best political writing and best science writing.
NYSUT represents more than 585,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.