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April 19, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU hosts student teaching conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -C. P. Gause, associate professor in the department of teacher education and higher education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, will be the keynote speaker when Slippery Rock University hosts its seventh annual National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference April 29-30.

The event, which will draw some 150 educators from across the nation, will be in the Smith Student Center.

"We are excited as usual to again host this important conference," said Kim Creasy, SRU associate professor of elementary education and early childhood and conference organizer. "This project was launched as a way to showcase the capstone event in teacher candidate preparation. It provides professional educators with the opportunity to demonstrate best practices as they relate to the student teaching experience and the enhancement of knowledge, skills and dispositions of teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, administrators and university supervisors."

In addition to participants from sister Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, participants will attend from higher education institutions in Mississippi, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Florida, Oklahoma and Jamaica, among others.

The conference will include a "Legal Issues in Schools" lecture presented by Bernard Hoffman, consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education on At-Risk Issues and an administrator emeritus with the Neshaminy School District. The session is expected to draw more than 40 regional school superintendents seeking updates on school law.

"We will also have a session that allows SRU education students to present their research in a series of poster sessions. This part of the program does double duty, not only allowing the students to share their research with educators attending the conference, but also the chance to network with school superintendents about possible job openings in their schools," Creasy said.

The keynote speaker is a former public school teacher, principal and K-12 school administrator.

Gause received his doctorate in educational leadership from Miami University and is co-editor of "Keeping the Promise: Essays on Leadership, Democracy and Education" published by Peter Lang. The work received the 2007 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award.

His research interests include gender and queer studies; black masculinity; cultural studies; critical race theory; critical spirituality; and collaborative activism.

He is author of "Integration Matters: Navigating, Identity, Culture and Resistance," which received the 2009 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award. The work constructs a blueprint for realizing academic achievement and academic success for all students, particularly those who are members of under-represented populations.

His latest work "Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Education: A Voice from the Margins" was designed to move the conversation of multiculturalism into the realm of critical diversity and inclusive education.

He is founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Masculinity. He founded the journal to provide scholars, educators, artists and essayists with a forum to present work that he believed was often missing from "traditional" journals.

Hoffman, a frequent adjunct professor lecturer at SRU, was a staff member with the Neshaminy School District in Langhorne, Bucks County, from 1958 to 1997.

In his almost 40 years with the district, he served as classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, administrative assistant to the superintendent, assistant superintendent, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, deputy superintendent, superintendent, as well as a commissioned officer of the state since 1976.

He worked with students, staff and administration and directed the daily operations of the district. He also worked extensively with the community, agencies, law enforcement, and the media.

Hoffman's experience also includes directing a mental health consultation service in the U.S. Army, member and chairperson of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, and member of numerous county and state alcohol and drug and anti-violence committees. He has directed and served on state and national committees dealing with people problems and educational affairs.

He now serves as a consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the areas of at-risk issues, student assistance and administrative affairs. He has been on the boards of PA AWARE, The Opportunity Council and Livingrin Foundation in Bucks County.

He has previously served on the board of the National Conference of Communities for Justice as a member and vice chairman. He has served as a member, president and board official with Rotary for more than 20 years and as a board member of TODAY Inc. for more than 15 years.

A consultant for the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., on high-risk issues and exemplary programs, as well as with the Department of Education in Pennsylvania on Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Hoffman has also undertaken a leadership position on the Bucks County Violence Prevention Task Force.

He is a designated administrator emeritus with the Neshaminy School District and in 1997 was awarded the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals Visionary Award for his work. In 2003, he was honored with the Friend of PASAP Award.

In addition to his school work, Hoffman has completed consulting work for universities, public and parochial schools, business organizations, corporations throughout the country and with federal and numerous state governments.

The conference's breakout sessions will cover such topics as:

"Have it Your Way: Taking Control in the Classroom," "The Natural Process of Learning for Children and Adults," "The Brain is a Thrill Seeker: Standard-based Activities that Engage Students," "Preparing Student Teachers to Establish Trust with Parents and Colleagues through Strategy Instruction," "Positive Discipline in the Classroom," "Successfully Navigating Your First Years of Teaching," "Meeting in the Middle: Helping Student Teachers to Address the Affective Needs of Middle School Students" and "The 10 Survival Tips for Student Teaching."

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.