December 22, 2008

Conference offers practical education strategies

by Ashley McRaven

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Division of Continuing Education and the Southern Illinois P-20 Education Alliance will co-host “Closing the Gap: Practical Strategies for All Educators” on March 30, 2009.

The conference is for elementary, high school, college and university faculty, administrators and future teachers. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

Presenting the keynote address, “Children as Complete Human Beings: Going Beyond a Narrow Approach to Measuring Student Achievement,” will be Michael Giesen, a Prineville, Ore., science teacher and recipient of the 2008 National Teacher of the Year Award from President George W. Bush.

A special “I Can Do It!” workshop, focusing on classroom management, is also on the conference schedule. Limited to 60 participants, it’s for first-year to fourth-year teachers and those planning to enter the teaching professions. Those not attending this workshop will participate in breakout sessions.

On-site registration for “Closing the Gap” begins at 7:30 a.m. the day of the conference. Presentations start at 8:30 a.m. The conference registration fee is $60 for professionals or $15 for college/university students. The registration fee covers all conference materials as well as breakfast and lunch.

For advance registration or more information, contact the SIUC Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at