Next: Shaping the Lives of America's Future Educators
Friday, May 2, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
Do you feel compelled to be a positive influence in the lives of youth? Would others view you as a difference maker in the lives of those around you? Has your life been positiviely affected by a teacher-leader? Do you have a natural talen to inspire, encourage, and motivate young people? Would others say that you are a leader? Are you ready to transform the way we do schooling in America?
If your interests have been piqued by any of these questions, then we encourage you to consider becoming the "next" teacher-leader. Throughout history, the idea of the next generation rising up to transcend the past in order to transform the future has become a common narrative. And now, just as much as ever, we are in need of movers and shakers who are willing and able to rise up so as to restore -- or completely renovate -- the way we do schooling in America.
The faculty at Cincinnati Christian University would like you to join them in the process of transforming the current landscape of American education. On Friday, May 2nd, we will embark on an educational experience to (re)imagine the vast purposes of contemporary education.
The Technology Transformation presented by Melissa Hess & CCU Students
This breakout will include how technology has changed in classrooms in the past and how it will continue to change in the future. . .what is next? Discussion will include how educators can use technology in their classrooms to invigorate lessons, enrich curriculum, connect to the world outside of their classroom walls, and build partnerships with the community. As 21st century skills are constantly changing an exploration of how to properly network in the education community will also be considered. Current student projects and testimonies on how technology will affect their future classrooms will be shared.
Assessment: Who cares? presented by Sandi Beam
Effective assessments are a critical component of being a professional educator. Assessment informs instructional decision-making and provides personal feedback to students. Discussing student progress can be a positive experience for students. Assessments can be comprehensive and rigorous without being boring! In this session, we will address different types of assessment, how to choose assessments, and what to do with the information learned after getting assessment results. A time for personal reflection and application is included.
Can't We All Just Get Along? presented by Claudia Wehmann
Don't you just cringe when the teacher says, "We are going to work in small groups this week."?You know what that means. You are going to get stuck in a group of four people, three of which don't seem to care about the task at hand while one member does all of the work. Cooperative learning is different from small group work. Everyone participates and everyone is responsible for his/her learning and everyone is engaged at all times. Sounds too good to be true? Come to this workshop and find out about cooperative learning and how you can use it in your future classroom to make learning and teaching a positive experience.
The One Thing: The Key to Understanding Effective Teaching & Learning presented by Jay Kidwell
Teachers engage various pedagogical models to bring about positive change in their students. In this session, a psychologist and educator will identify "the one thing" that is at the heart of effective teaching and learning and provide a simple and comprehensive framework for assimilating information as one learns to teach.
So. . .Now What? presented by Danny Ciamarra
Have you ever heard a presentation -- a TED talk, keynote speaker, YouTube video, etc. -- and wished you could be a part of the dialogue? Wouldn't you love to be able to interject or ask a question? Well, you can. If you would like to ask questions, raise an issue, engage in some philosophical chatter, or just hang out with the keynote speaker, then sign up for this session. Topics will vary and will depend on YOUR input.
Mini-Creators: Fostering Play & Creativity in Preschoolers presented by Melissa Vogerl
Twenty-first century teachers play a significant role in education. Teachers communicate notions such as creativity, the acceptance of unique human qualities in others, the ability to solve problems resourcefully, self-acceptance, self-efficacy, and much more. These concepts are infused into the curriculum by accepting, valuing, and encouraging creativity, play and divergent thinking in the classroom. In the preschool classroom, play is the child's work. Thus, a child's development hinges on play and the capacity to express one's self through creative channels. Our adult-driven world constantly gives children the answer "no;" but through the exploration of play and creativitiy, and allowing children to think divergently, they are embraced with the answer "yes." Are you ready to play and express yourself in a creative manner? You want to embrace "yes." don't you?
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