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ELKINS — The Kump Education Center will hold its 12th annual Education Research Seminar Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Gov. Kumphouse. The event is free and open to the public.
“At Kump Education Center (KEC), we focus on what works to promote student learning and improve teacher excellence,” said Heather Biola, director of KEC. “The annual research seminar highlights real educational experiences and discoveries.”
“For example, Ava Willis of Davis & Elkins College has taught second graders and her research analyzes how they learn to tell the time. This simple daily task requires an understanding of numbers and fractions that most second graders need to develop to function in their daily lives. »
Another D&E student-teacher, Katie Dixon, studied various learning modalities, Biola explained. “She worked with fifth-year science students on a project called ‘Learning by Doing’. She will explain how active engagement can enhance student learning during an outer space study unit.
Students in a teaching methods course will describe how they plan to deal with controversial topics like critical race theory in social studies. “Future teachers must learn to help students develop critical thinking skills without pushing their own personal biases,” says Biola.
Two D&E faculty members will also facilitate the seminar.
“They will help us understand some of the important issues in teacher education in the 21st century,” she says.
Dr. Danielle Riggins will discuss the challenges faced by teacher candidates when transitioning the teacher education program from a traditional student teaching model to one using a new co-teaching model of teacher education from Virginia- Western.
Part-time instructor Scott Biola will share his findings on progress in implementing digital instruction in lesson planning for D&E teacher trainees.
“This event is an opportunity to examine the evidence demonstrating that good teaching and learning behaviors are necessary for schools to succeed,” says Biola.
The entrance to the Learning Lab is at the back of the Kump House. Parking is available behind the building and attendees are requested to wear masks. For more information, contact Heather Biola at 304-637-7820.