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WSU Tri‑Cities Education Summit to feature National Teacher of the Year

Closeup of Mandy Manning.
National Teacher of the Year and Mandy Manning will serve as keynote speaker for WSU Tri-Cities comprehensive education summit on Saturday, Oct. 13.

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri‑Cities

WSU Tri‑Cities will hold a comprehensive education summit for teachers and other educators on Saturday, Oct. 13, which will welcome National Teacher of the Year and Washington resident Mandy Manning as its keynote speaker.

The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. where educators will explore topics within several strands including STEM education, English language learning, school safety and social and emotional learning.

Registration costs $12 and will include morning coffee, a full lunch, six clock hours and three sessions of the participant’s choice. Individuals may register online.

Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, she uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and future and learn about their new community. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, she encourages educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences.

During the individual education summit sessions, participants will learn about innovative techniques that WSU researchers and other experts are studying and developing as current and future tools and strategies to use in the classroom.

Topics include:

STEM education:

  • Virtual Reality in K-12 Classrooms
  • Cybersecurity in K-12 Classrooms
  • Preventing Fraud and Identity Theft, Promoting Safety
  • Thinking About STEM and Standards

English language learning (ELL):

  • Engaging With Parents, Families & the Community to Support Student Success
  • Academic Language: Important For All, Essential For ELLs?
  • Engaging ELL Students With Comic and Trade Books

School safety:

  • Safety and Special Education in Times of Crisis
  • Panel: Creating a K-12 Student-Based Health Center
  • Panel: Integrated Approaches to School Safety: A Community Discussion

Social and emotional learning:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Socioemotional Learning and Bullying Prevention
  • Panel: Community and Classroom Support for Refugee and Immigrant Families and Students (with National Teacher of the Year)

This is the first year that WSU Tri‑Cities has held and hosted a summit of this kind.

“We are thrilled to offer a comprehensive education summit where our local educators will be able to develop their awareness of strategies and gain tools to take back to their own schools and classrooms,” said Judy Morrison, WSU Tri‑Cities academic director of the College of Education.

“We worked to cater the sessions to focus on the future of education,” she said. “The fact that we get to hear and learn from the National Teacher of the Year on the strategies that she has utilized in her classroom is an immense asset.”

For more information, individuals may contact Morrison at 509-372-7176 or jamorrison@wsu.edu, or Lindsay Lightner, WSU Tri‑Cities College of Education coordinator, at 509-372-7366 or llightner@wsu.edu.

The WSU Tri‑Cities Education Summit is sponsored by STCU and WSU Tri‑Cities.

 

Contacts:

  • Judy Morrison, WSU Tri‑Cities academic director of the College of Education, 509‑372‑7176, jamorrison@wsu.edu
  • Maegan Murray, WSU Tri‑Cities public relations specialist, 509‑372‑7333, maegan_murray@wsu.edu

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