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INSPIRE 2014: Engaging Today’s Student
WINCHESTER, MA, April 10, 2014—The National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE) will host its second annual conference, INSPIRE 2014: Engaging Today’s Student on October 22 and 23, 2014 in Norwood, MA at the Sheraton Four Points. The two-day conference of workshops, lectures and presentations is designed to bring together the latest thinking on the challenges and benefits of adopting student-centered learning approaches throughout the full range of k-12 educational environments.
Today, educators are under great pressure to teach to a set of national standards for what students should be learning. New public standardized tests will be used to try and determine whether those learning goals are being met. Yet, amid this push, many still believe that teachers and schools must be allowed to tailor instruction to the individual needs of students in their classrooms. The critical question of our time may be whether such essential student-centered learning can co-exist under a national standards framework.
- engage our students effectively
- evaluate students social and emotional issues
- teach brain-based coping strategies
- integrate technology that supports personalized learning
- engage the community in supporting and teaching our students
Confirmed keynote speakers include Will Richardson, educator, blogger and author of Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere and Diana Laufenberg, TED speaker, lead teacher and managing director of Inquiry Schools. Both keynotes will share their thoughts and ideas on engaging today’s students with innovative and dynamic learning tools in a world that is continuously fast-changing and globally networked.
“We are excited about hosting our second annual conference. INSPIRE 2013 was well attended and received favorable reviews. Building off of last year’s successes, this year’s conference will offer a half-day pre-conference workshop, an additional keynote and concurrent sessions that offer panels, presentations and hands-on learning experiences,” said NISCE conference director Alyssa Kierkegaard. “We are still soliciting proposals for presentations.” Those interested in presenting at the conference can find details at nisce.org.
“It’s not often that you get educators, both private and public, from across the K-12 educational spectrum—teachers, administrators, counselors, advocates, psychologists and others—learning from each other and sharing ideas on improving education,” said Dr. Ted Wilson, Executive Director of NISCE. “We’re excited to bring together such diverse communities for our second annual conference.”
Early bird registration for the conference is now available online until June 30. To learn more about INSPIRE 2014 explore our website, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page. Teachers seeking professional development credits are encouraged to contact Alyssa Kierkegaard for additional information.
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ABOUT INSPIRE 2014
The National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE) will host INSPIRE 2014: Engaging Today’s Student in Norwood, MA on October 22 – 23, 2014 at the Four Points by Sheraton. This is two-day conference offers the latest thinking on the challenges and benefits of student-centered education. For more details please visit nisce.org.
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Founded in 2012 by the Massachusetts nonprofit Schools for Children, Inc., The National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE) seeks to to catalyze grassroots support for a vision of education where students—not politics, not tests, not expediency—are at the center of learning, and where all students have the opportunities and resources they need to succeed. For more information visit www.nisce.org.
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