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College and Career Readiness Summit
The College of Education and Human Services at Murray State University hosted the sixth annual College and Career Readiness Summit for educators June 12-13, 2018, with participants eligible to receive up to 12 hours of free professional development or EILA credit.
More than 750 teachers, counselors, school principals, superintendents and other educators from 46 school districts across the region gathered on the first day in Alexander Hall to present and attend a total of 86 different sessions led by 95 peer presenters. Training sessions focused on a variety of current topics, such as response to intervention (RTI), novice reduction, classroom engagement and project-based learning. The first day of the summit also included presentations by four featured speakers, including Alice Keeler, co-author of "50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom"; Greg Coker, author of "Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose"; Heather Warrell, digital coach and leader of online, virtual and distance course learning; and Kathy Schrock, an educational technologist.
More than 800 educators attended day two of the summit to hear keynote presentations by Adam Welcome and Mike Rutherford in Lovett Auditorium. Welcome, co-founder of "Kids Deserve It", encouraged attendees to view education through a childlike lens and to explore more creative approaches to teaching. Rutherford, creator of numerous award-winning educational programs like "The Artisan Teacher", highlighted the importance of feedback, reflection and coaching in becoming a skillful educator and improving student achievement.
Sponsors of the 2018 College and Career Readiness Summit included Murray State's College of Education and Human Services, Teacher Quality Institute, Kentucky Academy of Technology Education, Office of Development and the Kentucky Middle School Association with a majority of the planning for this event attributed to the University's Teacher Quality Institute and its coordinator Kem Cothran.