University hosts Sixth Annual Seminar for new teachers Feb. 11
Contact: Roxanne Lerma Casares, Staff Writer (956) 665-2741
Posted: 01/10/2012
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In an effort to help new teachers prosper in their profession, The University of Texas-Pan American will host a conference Saturday, Feb. 11.

Dr. Salvador Ochoa (left), dean of the UTPA College of Education, addressed attendees during a past conference held at the University for new teachers. The Sixth Annual New Teacher Conference will be held Feb. 11.

"From Surviving to Thriving: The Sixth Annual New Teacher Conference," sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi and the UTPA College of Education, will feature experienced educators, who will share their strategies and tips about how to succeed in elementary and secondary schools.

The daylong conference begins with keynote speaker Dr. Jody Isernhagen, who began her career as an elementary teacher in North Carolina. Over the next 12 years Isernhagen had the opportunity to teach preschool, elementary and middle school students in Alabama, Virginia and Seoul, Korea. In Korea, she taught preschoolers how to speak English.

The conference will also include sessions on classroom management, preventing bullying at school, and how to get Latino parents involved in their child's education. The opening address will take place in the Engineering Building auditorium. Breakout sessions will be held in the classrooms and auditorium of UTPA's Education Complex.

Regular registration is $50. Student registration is $25. Registration is limited to 300 participants and the deadline to register is Feb. 1. There will be no on-site registration.

Teachers can register online.

Five hours of continuing education units or professional development will be available at the end of the conference for participants.

A Scholastic Book Fair sneak peek sale will begin on Friday, Feb. 10 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a Build-a-Book event for parents and their children. The book fair will continue on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All levels of children's literature will be sold, including books in Spanish, best sellers, and teaching resources.

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