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 75 join SRU's annual Student Teaching, Supervision Conference 




May 4, 2009

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




75 join SRU's annual Student Teaching, Supervision Conference


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Lou Slautterback, Slippery Rock University physical education instructor, and Bernie Hoffman, national legal consultant and SRU adjunct professor, headline the University's College of Education's Third Annual Student Teaching and Supervision Conference May 14-16. 

Nearly 75 school administrators, cooperating teachers, students, student teachers and university faculty will participate.

The conference, organized by Herbert Hunt, assistant to the dean and an assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood at SRU, will showcase the capstone event in teacher candidate preparation by providing professional educators with opportunities to demonstrate best practices. The presentations will relate to the student teaching experience and the enhancement of knowledge, skills and dispositions of teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, administrators and university supervisors. 

Two of the 20 presenters, Gathu Kamanja and Lucy Kamanja are from South Africa. The will offer "School and University Partnerships in Student Teacher Supervision: Challenges and Strategies." The Pennsylvania Department of Education will offer a session titled "Classrooms of the Future."

"This is an opportunity to reflect and rejuvenate, as well as have fun, as we highlight student teaching," Hunt said. "We will also honor the outstanding student teacher, cooperating teacher, outstanding university supervisor and outstanding student teacher from the past academic year."

           Slautterback, who supervises SRU's student teachers during their field experience, is in his fifth decade of providing caring, loving and heart-felt instruction to the youth of Pennsylvania.  He has served 36 years as an elementary physical education teacher in Franklin. During his tenure with the Franklin School District, he served as a cooperating teacher to 156 student teachers. "He began his teaching in five of Franklin's elementary buildings in 1968 and has remained passionate about his obligation to children and young adults. His love and sense of responsibility for them, their growth and development is evident," Hunt said.

            A consummate professional and outstanding teacher, Slauterback has served as president of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and for the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 

His work behind-the-scenes in promoting health, fitness and the value of activity for children is unending. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his many years of devoted work in behalf of his students. He has received the Outstanding Young Teacher Award, the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award, the Professional Honor Award and the E. B. Cottell Award for his work in Pennsylvania. In the Eastern District of AAHPERD, he has been awarded the Physical Education Merit Award, the Professional Honor Award and the President's Award. The capstone recognition was presented in 2001 at the AAHPERDS National Convention, when he was awarded the National Honor Award for outstanding service in the profession. 

         He is in constant demand as a speaker and has served as the keynoter at numerous state and district AAHPERD conventions. In addition, he has made numerous presentations to Wellness Conferences, School District Professional Development Seminars and to leadership development conferences. He has served as a motivational speaker for social service organizations, commencements and Chambers of Commerce in several locations.

        Hoffman was a staff member with the Neshaminy School District in Langhorne, Bucks County, from 1958 to 1997. In his almost 40 years at Neshaminy, he served as classroom teacher, assist 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 commonwealth since 1976. He has worked with students, staff and administration and directed the daily district operations. He also worked extensively with the community, agencies, law enforcement and the news media.

Hoffman's experience also includes directing a mental health consultation service in the U.S. Army, a member and chairperson of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission and as a member of numerous county and state alcohol and drug and anti-violence committees. He has directed and served on Pennsylvania and national committees dealing with people problems and educational affairs. Currently, he is 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 board of Pennsylvania AWARE, the Opportunity Council and Livingrin Foundation in Bucks County.  He also served as vice chair on the boards of the National Conference of Communities for Justice and Rotary International. He has consulted for the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., on issues, including high-risk issues and exemplary programs, as well as with the Department of Education Pennsylvania on safe and drug-free schools.

Hoffman also holds a leadership position on the Bucks County Violence Prevention Task Force and was designated administrator-emeritus following his retirement from the Neshaminy School District. In 1997, he 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. He has served on the National Masonic Foundation for Children's advisory group and the board of Americans for Native Americans. He served as a member of the Attorney General's Task Force on Family Violence, including work as co-chair of the education committee, and as a member of the Governor's Community Partnership for Safe Children. 

He serves on the board of Today Inc. and as an official consultant to the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. He is the safety adviser to the School District of Philadelphia, Office of School Climate and Safety.  

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

His areas of consultation include: people problems, student assistance, crisis team coordination, safe and violence free schools, committees, international education, school/police relationships, organization of administrators, at-risk issues, crisis response and emergency planning, administrative and management tasks, policy, procedure, guideline and contract development, as well as working with the media and community relations. He has conducted time and stress management, at-risk and people problem workshops for administrators, law enforcement personnel, agency professionals and support staff, business community members, parent and professional educators as well as governmental leaders.  

            In addition to lecturing at the conference, he will meet individually or with groups on specific legal issues faced in educational settings.

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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.





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