DULUTH — Educators are invited to learn emerging best practices for effectively reaching today’s students, at the fourth annual 21st Century Teaching and Learning Conference on June 17 at The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth.
The day-long conference is for K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, college students and other learning practitioners. More than a dozen presentations will include hands-on workshops and research-based current strategies to engage 21st century learners.
The keynote address will be given by award-winning educator and author James A. Banks, who will speak about “Diversity in America: Teaching Students To Know, To Care, and To Act in Global Times.” He is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and of the National Council for the Social Studies. He holds the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and is the founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle.
“James A. Banks is internationally recognized as a founder and leading theorist and researcher in multicultural education,” said Amy Bergstrom, assistant professor of education at St. Scholastica. She co-leads the conference with Chery Takkunen, associate professor of education at St. Scholastica. “His research on how educational institutions can improve racial and ethnic relations has had a great influence on schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and the world.” For more on Banks go to bit.ly/1h7SGY7.
The conference fee is $125. Discounts are available for students. Presentations meet Minnesota Department of Education re-licensure strands for continuing education units. For more information or to register go to: go.css.edu/MEdConf.
The conference is sponsored by the St. Scholastica’s Master of Education program, a 100 percent online degree program for practicing teachers and other education professionals.
“Our program teaches proven strategies on how to use data and research to positively impact the classroom,” Takkunen said. “Current teachers and education professionals are able to continue practicing while at the same time advancing their own education.”
The College of St. Scholastica is an independent private college offering programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional career fields. www.css.edu