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BYU Continuing Education hosts variety of Summer Educator Workshops

The Brigham Young University Division of Continuing Education has announced its 2008 Summer Educator Workshops, offering seminars on a variety of educational topics for teachers and parents of elementary and secondary students.

The conferences are designed for parents and teachers interested in recertification, lane-change salary increases, the latest in teaching methodology and new ideas to use at home or in the classroom.

The workshops may be taken for BYU credit and transferred to any school district. Due to limited enrollment, pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit educatorworkshops.byu.edu or call the Division of Continuing Education at (801) 422-2568.

Friday and Saturday, June 6-7

• “The Best in Children’s Literature: Caldecott, Newbery, and Beyond” will identify and examine the best of the books written for children and to explore various techniques in bringing books and children together. The first day of this two-day workshop will address award-winning titles, and the second day will focus on the “best of the rest,” including picture books, fiction, poetry and informational books. The workshop will be held at the Provo City Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be taught by Gene Nelson. Registration is $197 and covers both tuition and materials.

Monday through Friday, June 9-13

• “Creativity in the Classroom” is a fast-paced class that will provide in-depth understanding of creative processes and will show how to use them in the classroom. Participants will examine a variety of programs and models for enhancing creativity in all curriculum areas as well as in their personal lives. The workshop will be held in the BYU Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and will be taught by Sara Hacken. Registration is $394 plus $40 for the required textbook and materials.

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10-11

• “Practical Classroom Management for All Teachers” will prepare educators to use proven practical management strategies to establish and maintain effective learning environments for all students, including those with learning difficulties and challenging behaviors. The workshop will be held at the Harold B. Lee Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be taught by Michelle Marchant. Registration is $197 and covers both tuition and materials.

Thursday and Friday, June 12-13

• “Technophobia to Technoaerobia: Educator Tips for Using Microsoft Office 2007” will teach basic to advanced user tips to increase productivity and simplify the workload for educators, including formatting projects, preparing presentations, designing graphics, creating templates, organizing mail merges and generating spreadsheets. Bradley Ross will teach the course at the Harold B. Lee Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $197 and covers both tuition and materials. Please bring a USB flash drive on which to save your work.

Monday through Friday, June 23-27

• “Introduction to Gifted/Talented Education” is a graduate-level course for educators who are interested in teaching and leadership responsibilities in the education of gifted and talented children. Stacey Briggs will teach the workshop in the N. Eldon Tanner Building from 8 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Registration is $394 and covers both tuition and materials.

• “Introduction to Spanish for Educators” will teach the fundamentals of Spanish to those who have no background, or virtually no background, in the Spanish language. Attention will be given to basic vocabulary, pronunciation and simple phrases and questions as used in the classroom. Discussion of Hispanic cultural issues will also be addressed. The workshop will be held at the BYU Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and will be taught by Lilia Blackwell. Registration is $394 and covers both tuition and materials. This course will prepare students for participation in “Spanish for Educators I,” which will be offered July 7-11.

Monday through Friday, July 7-11

• “Spanish for Educators I” is for those who have completed the introductory workshop or who already know some basic Spanish. In addition to reviewing the principles learned in the introduction class, this course will address how to talk about the day and time, format simple declarative sentences and questions involving “be” verbs, and use other common verbs. Hispanic cultural issues will also be addressed. The workshop will be held at the BYU Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and will be taught by Alejandra Regnet-Larson. Registration is $394 plus $40 for the required textbook and materials, which will also be used in “Spanish for Educators II.” This course will prepare students for participation in “Spanish for Educators II,” which will be offered July 28- Aug. 1.

• In “Teaching Math the Way Children Think,” instructor Damon Bahr will teach with a variety of manipulatives-based, hands-on experiences that will enable educators to convert research regarding the mathematics instruction of children into useful classroom activities. The workshop will be held at the BYU Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Registration is $394 plus $76 for the required textbook and materials.

Thursday and Friday, July 10-11

• “Sing, Swing, Sway, and Play-Making Music Together in the Elementary Classroom” is an active participation course for elementary classroom teachers wishing to enrich musical offerings in their classrooms. The first day will include a developmental overview and an emphasis on musical experiences for kindergarten through third grade, and the second day will include musical activities for grades four through six. This course also features practical suggestions on how to integrate children’s literature and music. The workshop will be held at the BYU Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and will be taught by Jerry L. Jaccard. Registration is $197 and covers both tuition and materials.

Friday and Saturday, July 11-12

• “Picture Book Art for the Non-artist” will help dismantle the walls of misunderstanding and ignorance of art to make the art of the picture book more approachable for the teacher and the child. The course will also help teachers and parents who wish to include more art in their class curriculum, but are afraid of the complexity of art and their own inadequacies as an artist. Gene Nelson will teach the course at the Provo City Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $197 and covers both tuition and materials.

Monday and Tuesday, July 14-15

• In “Teaching Writing for Children,” Brad Wilcox will teach the phases of the writing process and explore ways to implement them in a balanced writing program that includes poetic, expressive and transactional modes of writing. The course is designed to help educators organize a writing workshop in the classroom, conference one-on-one with students and teach writing basics within the context of the students’ authentic work. Strategies for helping young writers use the language tools of spelling, handwriting and vocabulary will also be presented. The workshop will be held at the N. Eldon Tanner Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $197 plus $43 for the required textbook and materials.

Monday and Tuesday, July 28-29

• In “Teaching Reading for Children,” instructor Brad Wilcox will cover the importance of reading to, with and by children, presenting practical approaches to shared and guided reading in both primary and intermediate grades. The course will discuss the importance of teaching skills in the context of real reading experiences. Content area reading, children’s literature and organizing classroom time into workshop routines will be discussed. In preparation for this workshop, attendees will need to bring three of the books on the book list (see educatorsworkshops.byu.edu) to read and discuss. The workshop will be held at the N. Eldon Tanner Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $197 and covers both tuition and materials.

Monday through Friday, July 28-Aug. 1

• This course is for those who have completed “Spanish for Educators I” or who already know some basic Spanish vocabulary and are somewhat familiar with simple grammar and sentence structure. The purpose of this course is to enrich schoolroom vocabulary, teach additional grammatical structures with a special emphasis on verb tenses and irregular verbs, and expand understanding of the cultural background of Hispanic students. The workshop will be held at the BYU Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and will be taught by Alejandra Regnet-Larson. Registration is $394 plus $40 for the required textbook and materials, if not already purchased for “Spanish for Educators I.”

For more information or to register, visit educatorworkshops.byu.edu or call the Division of Continuing Education at (801) 422-2568.

Writer: Marissa Ballantyne

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