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Education Majors Attend Conferences


April 4, 2012



Students majoring in education had the opportunity to attend two conferences this month. One was in Richmond March 23-24 for the 2012 Virginia Teachers of Promise Institute and the other conference was the 43rd Annual North Carolina Reading Association (NCRA) Conference March 18-20.

Six student teachers were selected by Averett as 2012 Virginia Teachers of Promise. This recognition provided the students the opportunity to attend the institute along with 130 other top rated teachers from across the Commonwealth. The students spent their time being feted, feasted and mentored. They also attended workshops led by master teachers on such topics as "Autism - A Spectrum of Possibilities," "Engaging Learners in Active Lessons" and "How to Teach the Digital Learner?"

"We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments," said Bill Lawrence, assistant professor of education. "The students selected as Teachers of Promise are considered to be some of the best and brightest upcoming teachers that the Commonwealth has to offer."

Averett's 2012 Teachers of Promise are seniors Wendy Bradner, Sara Campbell, Thornton Rowland and Re'Shawn Woodson; and 2011 graduates Cary Lee Cumbo and Olivia Frost.

Dr. Pamela Riedel, professor of education, took 25 students to the NCRA conference in Raleigh, N.C. Students had the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops regarding literacy and reading. The conference also provided a chance for students to learn about new books that will be available to educators as well as meet with some of the authors of the books.

"Attendance at a professional conference for educators is very important for students who are preparing to become teachers because they have an opportunity to hear experts in the field of education on a variety of topics," said Dr. Pam Riedel, professor of education. This is the second time Riedel has taken a group of students to the conference.