April 30, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU's annual national student-teacher conference hits capacity
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 100 educators from across the country are visiting the Slippery Rock University campus this weekend as part of participating in the fourth Annual National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference hosted by SRU's College of Education.
'The conference is a 'sell out,'" said Herbert Hunt, assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood and conference organizer. "We had to close registration early because demand for attendance was so high and we reached our capacity."
The annual event showcases the capstone in teacher candidate preparation by providing 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," Hunt said.
This year's theme is "Collaboration: Teachers, Student Professors: A Progressive Past, a Changing Present, A Better Future."
The program, which offers Act 48 credits, opens at 8 a.m. today and includes an 11:45 a.m. luncheon in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center followed by oral presentations. Additional presentations are planned for Saturday before the 11:25 p.m. closing event in McKay Education Building Auditorium.
John Hicks, and Mark Mraz, both SRU assistant professors of secondary education/foundation of education, will moderate the luncheon program "Student Teacher Memorable Moments" beginning at 12:15 p.m. Conference participants will present their entries with luncheon guests awarding $600, $400 and $200 for the best and most memorable essay presentation.
More than 35 oral presentations and 17 student-teacher candidate poster presentations will be part of this year's conference presented as concurrent activities in the alumni house, North Hall and McKay. Tours of SRU's Hickory Corner Schoolhouse will also be available.
"The annual conference is an opportunity to examine our teaching, rejuvenate and have fun while highlighting student teaching," Hunt said.
Among the colleges represented are Chicago State University, Nevada State College, the University of North Carolina, College of Costal Georgia, Bridgewater State College, Central Michigan University, Grove City College, SUNY, the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Mississippi State University, West Liberty University, St. John Fisher College, the College of Brockport, Saint Vincent College, West Virginia University, Fayetteville State University and the University of Maryland. In addition to SRU, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities participating include Bloomsburg University, California University, West Chester University and Shippensburg University. A number of individual school districts involved with student teachers will also be part of the presentations.
Included in the presentation topics are "Together We're Better: Our Story of Collaboration by the Rochester Area Colleges Field Experience Consortium," "The Use of Electronic Portfolios in Student Teaching Evidence Gathering," "The Cooperating Teacher: What Do They Need to Know?," "Using Service-Learning to Nurture Multicultural Values in Our Students," "Teaching in the South," "Keep Yourself Safe - Legal Issues" and "It's More than Just Working with Students: The Many Advantages of Field Experiences."
The conference opened Thursday with a welcome dinner at the North County Brewery.
Additional details are available at: http://www.student-teacher-supervision.org/.
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