Just four months since it started, the How We Teach This podcast from The Teachers College at Emporia State is adding a second season and a second series. “In our first season, we interviewed K-12 teachers and university professors about a variety of subjects,” said Kristy Duggan, the host and executive producer of the podcast. “With what we’re seeing with the ongoing pandemic and the increased need to understand and address emotions students are dealing with, we are focusing the second season on social-emotional learning.” A second series will also be adding new episodes to the podcast this fall and be identified as How We Teach This: Higher Education Edition — Connecting with OER.
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An organization championing literacy in children is being recognized for its efforts. The Kansas Masonic Literacy Center is receiving a Literacy Legacy Award from Storytime Village, Inc. at a Read and Rise Breakfast Gala today (September 3) in Wichita. The honor comes as KMLC was cited in a proclamation from Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, declaring September 5-11 as Kansas Literacy Week. As part of Kansas Literacy Week, KMLC will have its annual photo contest during Kansas Literacy Week, September 5-11.
How to help children learn in spite of emotional turmoil they are experiencing or have experienced is the goal of an upcoming conference at Emporia State University. To help with that mission, nationally known speaker and author, Dr. Ruby K. Payne, will be delivering the keynote at the Second Annual Trauma-Informed Educators Conference to be held Saturday, Aug. 28 in the Memorial Union at ESU. Payne, author of “Emotional Poverty and A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” is a former high school teacher, district administrator, and elementary principal.
Christopher Albrecht, a 2019 inductee into The National Teachers Hall of Fame, will return to Emporia on July 12 and 13 for a national launch of his second book “The Rediscovery of Hope and Purpose.”
A recent commitment from the W.S. & E.C. Jones Trust for $2.5 million to the Mobilizing Literacy grant program will continue and expand upon literacy initiatives benefitting children within the region. Over the next five years, this grant, coordinated by Emporia State’s Kansas Masonic Literacy Center, will expand efforts to improve grade-level reading attainment for the 11 participating school districts within the tri-county region of Coffey, Lyon and Osage counties.
Requirements to wear masks, social distance and disinfect classrooms and offices ended today at Emporia State University. In a communication to all faculty, staff and students, ESU President Allison D. Garrett shared that campus is officially back to normal.
A story about a bird having to rebuild and share her home with others is the winner of this year’s Bill Martin Jr., Picture Book Award.
A new program aimed to help teachers who have students struggling with dyslexia is available through Emporia State University. Every component of the program - except practicum experiences - are offered online. People can take the courses as part of a master's degree of instructional specialist with a concentration in dyslexia or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.
Dr. Nancy Albrecht will be the 2021-22 King Endowed Professor in The Teachers College at Emporia State University. She is a professor in the school leadership / middle and secondary teacher education department at Emporia State. “I’m flabbergasted! I have no words,” said Albrecht, who was surprised during a department Zoom meeting where Dr. Joan Brewer, dean of The Teachers College, announced the news on May 12. Albrecht, who joined the ESU faculty in 2001, teaches graduate students in school leadership and curriculum instruction.
Future elementary teachers can get on the fast track to finish their teaching degrees and get in the classroom sooner, thanks to a Kansas Board of Regents grant to Emporia State University.
Just over 100 people were recognized at The Teachers College Annual Honors Event held the afternoon of May 7 via an online virtual event. Of those honored, 94 are graduating students, and eight are retiring members of the college.
Teachers across Kansas are being recognized for the efforts they have made during the COVID-19 pandemic by Gov. Laura Kelly. May 3-8, 2021, will be recognized as Teacher Appreciation Week in a proclamation signed by the governor. “All teachers and other school personnel are hereby recognized by the Kansas Master Teacher program for their steadfast dedication and devotion to ensure the continuous learning of Kansas youth throughout the pandemic,” states the proclamation.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Kansas Master Teacher program is recognizing all educators of Kansas this year. “This past year has been challenging for everyone, especially those on the frontline. This includes our K-12 teachers,” said Dr. Joan Brewer, dean of The Teachers College at Emporia State University, home of the Kansas Master Teacher program. “In honor of their steadfast dedication to educating Kansas youth, the Kansas Master Teacher acknowledges all Kansas teachers.”
The Teachers College at Emporia State is launching the university’s first podcast this week. How We Teach This, produced by members of The Teacher College, will feature one-on-one interviews to provide insight into education. The podcast is available through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other listening apps on which podcasts are available, as well as from its web site, www.emporia.edu/HWTT.
Doing the work required to become board certified in any profession is difficult. When the board certification demands you demonstrate your skill – like teaching in a elementary, middle, or high school classroom – and schooling goes mostly online makes it extremely difficult. However, three more determined Kansas educators persevered and earned their first-time certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and one other teacher successfully worked to renew her certification.
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