September 08, 2017

Fall educational summit is Sept. 14-15

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting a fall educational summit that will provide a diverse continuing education experience for educators of preschool through 12th grade students.

The summit is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 14 and 15, at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. Teachers, administrators and school counselors will find relevant content at the summit, which will feature a variety of content-specific breakout sessions.

The interactive sessions will explore methods and materials for teaching dual credit courses such as geology, history and math, as well as bilingual and English as a Second Language classes. Topics including math modeling, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, archaeology, 3-D printing, Global Information Systems mapping to track the Trail of Tears in Southern Illinois and more. The ESL/bilingual sessions are open to all P-12 educators while the other sessions are just for educators who work with high school students.

Thanks to funding from an Illinois Board of Higher Education grant, there is no cost for participants to attend. Pre-registration is required no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, and a maximum of 70 educators may participate. Lunch is provided each day. In addition, those attending the summit will receive a stipend and materials for use in their classrooms. Participants can earn Continuing Professional Development Units for attending.

Participants must register for each specific session they plan to attend and limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at

For more information, call 618/453-4215 or email