College of Education will host free workshop for educators

AUGUSTA, GA. – The Georgia Regents University College of Education will host a free Teaching with Primary Sources workshop for educators in Richmond, Columbia, Burke and McDuffie counties on Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in University Hall on the Summerville campus.

“The workshop will train teachers in all grade levels on how to use primary sources and critical thinking skills in their classrooms. This gives an alternative to standard modes of teaching, like rote memorization and repetitive drills,” said Dr. Juan Walker, Professor of Education.

Keynote speaker Dr. William Gaudelli, Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education and Program Coordinator at Teachers College, Columbia University, will speak about globalization and educational innovation around the world in a presentation called “Teaching for the 21st Century.” Gaudelli researches global education, pedagogy of visual media, curriculum practice, and teacher education/development.

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 – along with networking opportunities, awards and door prizes.

“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 120 attendees. Lunch and snacks are provided. Registration is required. Visit surveymonkey.com/s/TPSFall2014 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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