Mount Union Department of Education Featured at National Conference

April 22, 2010

Mount Union was highly represented at the 45th biennial conference for Kappa Delta Pi, the national education fraternity.


The conference was held in Orlando, Florida on November 3-5 with the theme of 'infinite possibilities in education.'

Dr. Thomas Gannon, associate professor of education and director of convocations; Dr. Paula Caldwell, assistant professor of education; and Stephanie Sholtis, a junior middle school education major, all attended the conference.

Dr. Gannon has been attending the conference since 1995 and has been selected to present each year. This year he presented two papers entitled 'giving them the right start: developmentally appropriate early childhood programs' and 'finders and keepers: a discussion of the project on the next generation of teachers- Harvard Graduate School of Education.'

Stephanie Sholtis, president of Kappa Delta Pi at Mount Union, co-presented with Dr. Caldwell on 'developing an ethic of care in the classroom' at the conference.

In the past, the conference has featured some well-known people in education such as Howard Gardner, Michael Fullen, and Linda Darling-Hammond. This year the conference featured a workshop by Harry Wong on 'how to be an effective teacher' as well as a panel discussion on the topic of 'no child left behind.'

The group enjoyed the conference and felt honored to attend the only national conference that involves college professors, college students, and classroom teachers, and allows them to interact and learn from each other.

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