GRU will host summer workshop for educators

AUGUSTA, GA. – The CSRA Regional Education Service Agency (CSRA RESA) and Georgia Regents University College of Education will host a free two-day workshop for educators June 24-25. “Celebrating Student Voices: The Power of the Instructional Shifts” will cover the essential shift in classroom instruction necessary to ensure that students achieve the level of rigor required under Common Core standards.

Participants will attend content and grade specific sessions that emphasize the instructional shifts in both language and math literacy; and will earn one PLU upon completion of the two-day training.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Naesha Parks, principal of Evans Elementary School and author of the book “The Heart Feels First: A Story of Revival and Recovery”; and Dr. Zach Kelehear, incoming Dean of the Georgia Regents University College of Education, and author of the books “The Art of Leadership: A Choreography of Human Understanding,” “Instructional Leadership as Art: Connecting ISLLC and Aesthetic Inspiration,” and “Leading without Being Stung: The Instructional Leader Meets the Apiarist.”

Several GRU faculty and staff will present educational sessions:

  • Jennifer Armstrong, director of the Instructional Resource Center, will present “Flipping over Math,” which focuses on bringing the concept of the flipped classroom to math instruction.
  • Dr. Susan Edwards, Assistant Professor of Education, will present “Getting Them to Talk: Leading Good Class Discussions in Grades 5-12,” which will provide strategies to lead productive classroom discussions.
  • Dr. Mark Freitag, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will present “Incorporating Mathematical Reasoning through Worthwhile Tasks,” which will focus on implementing inductive and deductive reasoning into the mathematics classroom.
  • Dr. Stacie Pettit, Assistant Professor of Education, will present “Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving,” which will guide participants through the steps to implement complex problem solving.
  • Dr. Judi Wilson, Associate Professor of Education, will present “Don’t Work Harder than Your Students: Use the Gift of Formative Assessment,” which will integrate formative assessments into your daily teaching toolbox.

Attendance is free. Registration is required.

For more information, contact Faith Hopkins at 706-556-6225 or


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