College of Education to host “Battle-Tested,” a workshop on teaching with primary sources

AUGUSTA, GA. – Georgia Regents University will host “Battle-Tested,” a free workshop for educators on Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in University Hall on the Summerville campus.

“The workshop will focus on testing – what is wrong with our current testing model, what works, what doesn’t,” said Dr. Juan Walker, Professor of Education, who received a grant from the U.S. Library of Congress to host a series of seminars on teaching with primary sources. “This workshop will train teachers in all grade levels on how to use inquiry learning to promote critical thinking and learning in their classrooms.”

Inquiry learning is learning by doing and questioning, and it requires students to both memorize factual information and apply those facts to real-world and historic scenarios. “Memorization is a valid skill, but it’s not the best skill,” Walker said. “We want our student to be able to analyze information and events in context.”

Keynote speaker Dr. Zach Kelehear, new Dean of the GRU College of Education, will speak about teaching outside of the testing schedule in an address called “Teaching Beyond the Bubble.” Kelehear is the former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of South Carolina. He has written multiple articles and books on the ideas of artful leadership practice in public schools and business.

The Teaching with Primary Sources workshop will offer sessions for pre and in-service elementary, middle and secondary educators, media specialists and administrators on critical thinking skills, global education, technology and working with primary and secondary sources.

“Students who learn critical thinking skills own their education. They ask questions, seek answers to problems, and develop defenses against emotional and irrational appeals. They achieve more in school and in their personal lives,” Walker said.

Attendance is free, but limited to 200 attendees. Lunch and snacks are provided. Registration is required. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BattleTested to register to attend.

The Teaching with Primary Sources workshop will be offered again in spring. It is made possible by a Library of Congress regional grant through Waynesburg University, and is one of many professional development opportunities offered regularly by the GRU College of Education. The college has recently offered response-to-intervention workshops, a summer literacy summit, and offers monthly workshops through the Instructional Resource Center. Among upcoming events are the Media Specialists Collaborative, and the annual Impacting Student Learning Conference.

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The mission of the College of Education is to educate and prepare prospective professionals to be knowledgeable, highly effective, and ethical practitioners who transform learners into thinking, productive citizens. Visit www.gru.edu/coe.

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. Visit www.gru.edu.

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