By Steven Krolak
(NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will address the inaugural I Teach: Summer Institute for All Educators on the campus of IU Southeast.
The event takes place on Sat., June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hoosier Room, University Center North.
The Summer Institute offers an intensive professional development and workshop opportunity for K-12 teachers, school administrators and all educators in Southern Indiana and the Louisville Metro areas.
IU Southeast School of Education faculty will present and partner with exemplary K-12 teachers in concurrent sessions, with topics ranging from classroom management and discipline to special education and inclusion, and more. Each concurrent session will address both theory and application, and participants will be given teaching materials that they can put to immediate use in their classrooms.
Summer Institute presenters include leading IU Southeast School of Education faculty including Dean Dr. Doyin Coker-Kolo, Dr. Faye Camahalan, Dr. Robin Fankhauser, Dr. David Losey, Dr. Debi Mink and Dr. Gary Pinkston.
“The event is truly for all educators in the community who are committed to educating the mind, heart and soul,” said Dr. Faye Camahalan, associate professor of education and director of graduate studies in education. “After a day of presentations and collaborative exercises, teachers will go home with both theory and practice to use in their own classroom.”
The National Teacher of the Year Program is run by The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), a national nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the U.S., five U.S. jurisdictions, District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. It is presented by Voya Financial, Inc.
Hayes, a high school history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn., was selected from among state teachers of the year by a panel representing 15 education organizations representing more than seven million educators. In recognizing her achievement, Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised Hayes’ “extraordinary academic rigor, high expectations and unwavering commitment to service outside the classroom.”
The National Teacher of the Year program was begun in 1952 and remains the oldest, most prestigious national honors program for excellence in teaching.
The IU Southeast event marks the first time that a National Teacher of the Year has visited the Kentuckiana region, according to Camahalan.
“This event will connect the campus and School of Education faculty to the broader community, demonstrating the value of the School of Education as a leading teacher preparation and teacher training institution in the region,” said Camahalan.
I Teach: Summer Institute for All Educators will be held in the Hoosier Room, University Center North, on Sat., June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee is $30, which includes lunch and a snack. The registration deadline is on or before June 7. For more information please contact Dr. Faye Camahalan by phone at 812-941-2136 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homepage photo by Ron Sachs/CNP, courtesy of the Council of Chief State School Officers.