Educational Community CU sponsors university ed. forum
March 31, 2015
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (4/1/15)--As the sponsor of Western Michigan University's (WMU) Education Forum, Educational Community CU (ECCU), Kalamazoo, Mich., is bringing students and educators together to share real-life experiences and create greater learning opportunities.
The panel-style sessions offer experts in various fields, while providing an open format conducive to the exchange of ideas. Following each presentation is an in-depth Q-and-A session.
"We wanted to find a way to bring students and teachers from our community together, sharing mutual topics of interest," Regena F. Nelson, WMU professor and chair of the university's Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies. "Often, students find themselves caught in the middle between what they're learning as a student on campus to being a teacher in the actual classroom. Like any field, invariably there is a discrepancy between what you learn from the textbooks and then experience professionally."
The goal is to bring educators to the forum to share their experiences with students and to bridge this gap, Nelson said. With funding provided by ECCU, WMU plans to hold four sessions annually.
The most recent session, "Teaching Reading and Literacy," featured a panel of literacy professionals from rural, urban and suburban school districts, and WMU's Literacy Studies. The forum presented effective and differentiated literacy practices and their impact on student achievement.
The next session, "Technology in the Classroom," to be held April 14, will feature a one-hour, hands-on educational session on how digital content is creating new teaching and learning opportunities. The session will begin with an introduction by Apple's education team followed by a 35-minute hands-on session led by an Apple educator. Attendees will experience a variety of digital content including apps, multi-touch textbooks and learning resources. Participants will also see how these resources impact and support emerging trends in education.