Noted Children’s Author to Speak to Education Students

March 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Kimberly Newton Fusco, a popular author and speaker, will give the keynote address at the 23rd annual Diversity Conference, at 9:30 a.m. March 21 in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

Fusco is the author of several books for young readers, including Tending to Grace, winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award. Her early ambitions were fueled in part by her teachers.

“I knew I wanted to be a writer in the sixth grade,” Fusco wrote on her website. “I was a young person who stuttered, and writing gave me a voice. When teachers told me that I was talented and could be a writer if I wanted it badly enough, I never looked back.”

Following her keynote address, Fusco will speak at 11 a.m. to 400 students in grades 3-5 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Theatre.

For 23 years, the annual Diversity Conference has brought together pre-service teachers in a collaborative environment to discuss diverse issues and perspectives while learning from one another about cultural issues. The conference experience helps the education students prepare for their roles with the students they will one day teach.

The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Sansbury Campus Life Center. In the morning there will be presentations, followed by lunch and an activity for participants. Breakout sessions will be held throughout the afternoon.

Those interested may register for the conference by going to

The cost to attend is $20, which must be paid in advance.

For a full conference schedule, visit

For more information, please contact the USC Upstate School of Education office at 864-503-5157.