Thursday, April 23, 2009

'New Developments' Panel tonight at JHU

I'll be taking part in a panel discussion on 'New Developments' in Ed this evening at Johns Hopkins' Columbia Center. Here's the info, stop by if you are in the area.
Best Practices in Leading and Learning
Thursday, April 23, 2009
6:30 p.m.

Join us for the next 100th Anniversary event, featuring four alumni of the Department of Teacher Development and Leadership, who will share their expertise in literacy and technology. Edward Pajak, professor and department chair, will moderate. The event is free of charge; students and alumni from all programs are welcome. A reception will follow.

Columbia Center
Room 218
6740 Alexander Bell Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
410.516.9700 or 301.621.3377

Literacy Learning for At-Risk Adolescents
Tamitha Campbell (EdD, Teacher Development and Leadership '07)
Socio-cultural perspectives and the research on effective components of adolescent literacy interventions are paramount when preparing students for a world that expects college and career readiness. As educators continue to analyze student performance data, their heightened awareness of the reading deficiencies for certain groups of students compels them to restructure in innovative ways to meet these challenges despite budget restrictions. The presenter will discuss her research on the successes of one secondary school’s literacy program that addressed at-risk adolescents.

Family Reading Nights
Darcy J. Hutchins (MS, Educational Studies '05)
Multiple research studies indicate that parental involvement is an integral for student achievement. Family reading night is one example of an activity that many schools conduct as part of a comprehensive school-family-community partnership program for student success. The presenter discusses promising strategies that help educators to plan, implement, and evaluate monthly family readings nights at the elementary school level.

Innovations in School-Based Technology
Ryan Imbriale (MS, Technology for Education '00)
Students need 21st-century knowledge and skills to succeed as contributing citizens in the 21st century. How can schools address the gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in 21st-century jobs. The presenter will discuss online collaboration tools, cell phones in the classroom, podcasting, and other strategies that help address 21st-century literacy.

Teaching and Learning in a Paperless Classroom
R. Richard "Shelly" Wojewodzki (MS, Educational Studies '05)
Blogs, RSS technology, and Web 2.0 apps allow for teachers and students alike to abandon the old static modes of paperwork and step into a collaborative, real-time, connected and dynamic 21st-century environment. This presentation will both highlight some of the best practices in a paperless classroom, as well as address the philosophical and pedagogical debates surrounding the paperless movement.

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