NWPA Education Conference

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 9:53 PM

On April 14 professors in the middle level and secondary education and educational leadership department Dr. Bethany Scullin, Dr. Lisa Ciecierski and Dr. Whitney Wesley, in addition to graduate assistant Sydney Mace, hosted a conference as a fundraiser for the Northwest Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education.

Scullin said they have been planning the conference since October.

“It was very well received. I’ve gotten emails from teachers saying how much they enjoyed themselves, and so I think it turned out better than we expected it to,” she said.

Students, teachers and administrators alike were welcome to attend and participate in this conference.

Approximately 40 students and 20 teachers attended.

The keynote speaker for the conference was a former teacher and bestselling author Dave Brown. The title of his presentation was “Middle School: More Than a Name on a Building” and he discussed various myths about students in middle school as well as their experiences. Additionally, he discussed how teachers can help middle school students succeed throughout their education.

Brown was selling his books “What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know” and “Why America’s Public Schools are the Best Place for Kids” in addition to signing them.

After Brown’s lecture, students and teachers broke up into groups where they could attend different presentations. Some of the presentations included “Building People: Why Student Advocacy Matters,” “Technology Tools for the Middle Level Classroom,” “Connecting Science and Math with Technology and Engineering Practices,” “Writing Within and Across the Content Areas: It is All Around You” and “Girl Power – Engaging Middle School Girls in STEM Education.”

The presentations were given by local teachers and Edinboro University professors. In addition to the presentations, Edinboro students had the opportunity to attend a principal panel and ask questions of principals and administrators in the surrounding areas.

“My favorite part was the principal panel,” said Scullin. “They discussed what they are looking for in new teacher candidates and what the students should be doing to prepare themselves now.”

Dakota Palmer is the Online Editor for The Spectator.

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