General Topics

“The Effects of Psychotropic Medications on Children and Adolescents”
This workshop will provide participants an understanding of brain functioning related to psychotropic medication.  Participants will experience neural networking via an interactive activity, and the workshop presenter will provide information related to common side effects that may impact classroom performance.  (2 hours)

Presenter: Dr. Keely Camden, Dean, College of Education
Keely Camden is a former special education teacher and Associate Professor of Special Education.

“Effective Classroom Management and Discipline Techniques”
This workshop will provide participants with specific strategies pertaining to preventative and reactive classroom management issues.  Whole class and individual strategies will be examined.  Specific strategies will be role-played and practiced within a cultural context. (2 or 3 hours)

Presenter: Dr. Keely Camden, Dean, College of Education
Keely Camden is a former special education teacher and Associate Professor of Special Education. She studied emotional and behavior disorders at Old Dominion University with Dr. Robert Gabel.

“Food Allergies and Intolerance in Children: The Classroom Impact”
This workshop will describe common food allergies in children and other restrictive diets including the gluten free/casein free diet used by many children on the autism spectrum. In addition to interactive discussion and visual diagrams, classroom considerations for teachers will be detailed (2 hours)

Presenter: Dr. Keely Camden, Dean, College of Education
Keely Camden is a former special education teacher and Associate Professor of Special Education.
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“Creating Effective Classroom Assessments”
This workshop will cover the creation of valid multiple choice, matching, and true/false assessments and rubric-scored essays.  Sample item construction will be detailed as will the research on rubric design and implementation.  Particularly attention will be given to the use of the modified Bloom’s in the creation of questions “stems.” (2 hours)
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Presenter: Dr. Keely Camden, Dean, College of Education
Keely Camden is a former special education teacher and Associate Professor of Special Education.
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“Biodiversity in the Schoolyard”
This workshop will provide participants with strategies for teaching about arthropod biodiversity both in and out of the classroom. Participants will learn how to guide students through the process of scientific investigation while determining the biodiversity around their homes or school. Presenter: Karen Kettler, Instructor of Biology, School of Sciences
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Presenter: Karen Kettler is an Instructor of Life Science for Non-majors and General Science for Elementary and 5-9 teachers. She is also Co-Director of the Nature Leaders Training School, a professional development experience for K-12 educators

“Interactive and Engaging Learning Strategies”
This workshop will provide participants examples of numerous different interactive learning strategies.  These low-tech, highly engaging, strategies are relevant for any content area and grade level (4th-12th).

Presenters: JoJo Ullom and Ken Sexton, Education Faculty, West Liberty University.
JoJo Ullom is the Director of Teacher Education at West Liberty University.  She is a former high school Spanish and Social Studies teacher.
Ken Sexton is the Director of the Professional Development School Network.  He is a former middle and high school Social Studies teacher and AP Economics teacher.

“Problem-Based Learning”
This workshop will provide participants examples of problem-based learning scenarios, strategies for implementing this constructivist learning style into teaching, and reproducible sheets to use in the design and implementation of their own PBL. (1 to 2 hours)

Presenter: Dr. Keely Camden, Dean, College of Education
Keely Camden is a former special education teacher and Associate Professor of Special Education.

“Creative Literacy Activities
This workshop will provide low cost and no-cost creative activities to help promote reading, mathematics, and critical thinking for children in preschool through elementary school. The workshop will include some make-and-take materials ready for you to implement at home.

Presenter: Ms. Lou Kara, Director of the Center for Arts and Education, West Liberty University
Lou has worked extensively in arts advocacy and arts leadership.  She was the Director of the Appalachian Education Initiative, a non-profit arts intermediary in Morgantown, WV before creating the Center for Arts and Education at West Liberty University.

“Creativity and Education: A Mutually Exclusive Paradox?”
“Creativity is a high-demand skill that most workforces and industries are looking for in their employees.” Educational institutions, in contrast, seem to focus more on standardized testing and memorizing skills than critical thinking and creativity. Sir Ken Robinson even goes so far as to ask the question if schools kill creativity in his book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative. This interactive presentation will focus on these issues by presenting a short background on existing creativity research, providing a platform for the discussion of the controversial topic of teaching for creativity, and by challenging participants to explore their own creativity.

Presenter: Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, Director of Community Education, West Liberty University
Miriam is an Assistant Professor of Education. She teaches coursework related to arts integration, motivation and creativity, non-formal learning spaces, and community education.

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