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 SRU College of Education hosts two-day national conference 




February 20, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



SRU College of Education hosts two-day national conference


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education will host a two-day National Student Supervision Conference June 15-16. Zacharie Clements, author of two successful reading series and a former University of Vermont professor, will deliver the keynote address. Bernie Hoffman, chief consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education on risk issues, is the featured speaker.

    Nearly 100 teacher candidates, university faculty and K-12 teachers and administrators have registered.

    The conference, according to organizers, showcases the capstone event in teacher candidate preparation by providing professional educators opportunities to demonstrate best practices in the student teaching experience. The event also highlights the enhancement of knowledge skills and disposition of teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, administrators and university supervisors. The program carries Act 48 credits. 

    Clements earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of New York, Albany, and his second master's and doctorate from the University of Buffalo. He used his Depression Era, orphaned childhood as the basis to build a rewarding life. A motivational speaker, Clements lectures at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in the University Union. His talk is followed by breakout and presentation sessions. Tracks are planned for K-12 teachers and administrators, university supervisors and teacher candidates.

    The multi-award-winning Hoffman has written books and published articles in local, state and national publications on topics ranging from student assistance, crisis team coordination, safe and violence free schools, at-risk issues and a host of other topics. He is a former superintendent for the Neshaminy School District. 

    His programs were honored with a National Drug Free Recognition Award at a White House ceremony. In 2005, he was presented the Alexander Award for his contribution to middle-level education in Pennsylvania as well as an award from the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners. Hoffman lectures at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    The program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education field directors.




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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