High School Workshops

Workshop Series — Topic Presentations for High School Students

“Budgets and Money”
This workshop will provide students with an understanding of how to build a budget for expenses and college costs.  Budgetary issues related to percentage of living costs, total debt, and saving accounts will be emphasized through case studies and hands-on budget activities. (1 or 2 hours)

“On Becoming a Teacher”
This workshop will provide students with information about the teaching profession, the process of program application and certification (including the national Praxis I and II tests), and market and employment trends for the various areas of licensure. (1 hour)

“Autism and Asperger Syndrome:  An Overview”
This workshop will guide participants through an overview of the common characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, diagnostic criteria, and low-cost classroom adaptations. (1 or 2 hours)

“College Planning”
This workshop will guide students through career options, college planning, both academically and personally, and considerations for college success.  Included is a “cheat sheet” of terminology for higher education, financial planning options and scholarship considerations. (1 or 2 hours)

“Leadership Series”
What does it mean to lead?  Is there an art and science to leadership? This workshop will provide students with an opportunity to examine case studies of effective (and infamous) leaders with a special emphasis on personal characteristics and motivational factors that influence people. (1 or 2 hours)

“Public Speaking and Teaching”
This workshop will work with students to improve “stage” presence and storytelling ability.  Participants will critique speech techniques and practice several activities related to presentation. (1-2 hours)

“Arts Integration: From STEM to STEAM”
This workshop will provide students with an understanding of arts integration in the content areas.  The arts, including theater, dance, music, visual arts, and digital media, are powerful tools for increasing creativity, communication skills, and problem-solving ability.  More than “arts-enhanced” curriculum, arts integration provides an opportunity for students to create original works rooted in core curriculum.  (1 or 2 hours)

“Hot Careers for the Future”
This workshop will creatively look at careers of the future including those in digital media, health care professions, education, communications, and the arts.  Students will have an opportunity to review related programs of study and needed qualifications/certifications for positions.

“What are Graphic Design and Digital Media Design?”
This workshop will provide students with information about the fields of Graphic Design and Digital Media Design; discussion will focus on what jobs are available with these degrees and some misconceptions related to the fields. (1 hour)

“Communications in the Arts”
This workshop will creatively look at careers in the Communications field, including those in Communications Studies, Broadcast Journalism, Print Journalism, Documentary Film, Sports Broadcasting, and Public Relations.  Students will have an opportunity to learn more about and discuss the rapid changes occurring in the Communications industry.

“College Prep”
This workshop will provide participants with detailed information about participating and competing in collegiate-level athletics, important scholarship considerations, scheduling issues, and differences in NCAA divisions. 

“iPad Applications for College”
This workshop will explore incredible apps that will assist students in the College classroom.  Note-taking, voice recording, creating graphic organizers, collecting research, etc. will be demonstrated on iPads with participants. 

“Social Media and the College Landscape”
This workshop explores the uses and abuses of social media by students on College and University campus.  Ways to selectively control content, maintain a professional on-line presence, and explore legal issues related to confidentiality will be explored and discussed. 

“Understanding Autism Syndrome”

“Preparing for Collegiate Athletics”

“Nutrition and the High School Athlete”

“Injury Prevention and the College Athlete”

“Day in the Life of a Special Educator”
This workshop will provide an overview of the expectations of special educators.

“Careers in Community Education”
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of Community Education and careers related to the non-formal education field. The various opportunities for community educators will be explored, as well as the many outdoor and non-formal learning environments, which are connected to this career. Students will get a chance to ask questions and discuss these newly developing and unique careers in Community Education. (1-2 hours)

Dr. Keely Camden, Dean for the College of Education, West Liberty University
Keely is a former special education teacher and Associate Professor of Special Education.  She teaches coursework related to special education, autism, classroom management, assessment, and reading.

Dr. Bill Baronak, Professor of Journalism and Communication, West Liberty University
Bill is a former television videographer and Assistant Professor of Communications.  He teaches coursework in public speaking, video production, media survey, and leadership studies.

Ms. Lou Karas, 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.

Mr. Rick West, Director of the Graduate Education Program and faculty member in Exercise Physiology.
Rick has worked in various fields including physical and health education, pharmaceutical sales, collegiate coaching (Division 1 and II for Swimming), and higher education administration.

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.

Mrs. Sarah Schimmel, Coordinator of the Special Education Program, West Liberty University.
Sarah is a former high school special education teacher.

You can click here to download the workshop tri-fold brochure in PDF format. Workshops can be tailored for individual school needs. To schedule a workshop or request for further information, please contact:

Dr. Keely Camden, Dean, College of Education
West Liberty University
326A Main Hall
208 University Drive
College Union Box 147
West Liberty, WV 26074
Office: 304-336-8247
Fax: 304-336-8256
[email protected]