MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — Northwest Shoals Community College’s (NWSCC) Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will host an honors forum on Early Childhood Education: Transforming Education and Society on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre in Sheffield, Ala.

Each year, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society focuses on a central honors study topic. This year’s topic is, Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change.

The 2019 forum will explore early childhood education through the screening of the documentary, No Small Matter. No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education. Following the screening, there will be a public panel discussion from experts on early childhood education, poverty, and state funding/budgeting.

The panelists for the forum are Obrey Burks, Owner/Director of Bobcat Babies in Phil Campbell, Alabama; Jamie Kiel, Alabama State House Representative (District 18), Kristina Scott, Executive Director of Alabama Possible, Dr. Jimmy Shaw, Superintendent of Florence City Schools, and Jeana Ross, Secretary of the Department of Early Childhood Education. 

According to Pam Peters, advisor for the Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, forum topics are selected by the Phi Theta Kappa officers. “We are very excited about this forum,” said Peters. “Our officers have chosen this year’s topic with a hope that it will have a positive impact on our community.”

There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

About Northwest Shoals Community College:

Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to more than 3,500 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit