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Total Quality Share Day opportunity for educators

Union County educators learned first-hand Monday (March 9, 2009) what works in the classroom during Total Quality (TQ) Share Day, held this year at Sun Valley High School.

Dr. Grace Faris, Total Quality Education Coordinator, said she was pleased with the success of this year’s TQ event, and the way it has grown over the past seven years. When the event began seven years ago, it had 20 presenter and about 100 participants.

“This year, we had more than 550 attending and about 100 presenters,” Faris said. “The goal of this event is to raise the awareness of total quality and what’s working in our school system. It enables us to share the best practices that are going on in our school system with each other, to spotlight those and increase professional attitude and staff development.”

The classes were taught by teachers, principals, assistant principals, school psychologists, curriculum and media coordinators and department directors.

Some of the sessions offered in this year’s event included “Motivating Students: Strategies that Work,” “Best Practices in the Classroom with Technology,” “Effective Classroom Management Discussion,” and Tackling Technology.”

A couple of sessions focused on local business and industry. Chris Plate, director of Monroe Economic Development and Aviation and Ron Mahle, Existing Industry Coordinator with Monroe Economic Development, spoke about the state of the Union County workforce and suggestions for preparing students for the workforce.

Jackie Morgan, with the Union County Health Department, spoke about critical health issues facing Union County students and their families.

This year’s event also featured keynote speaker Dr. Marcia Tate, author of “Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain.” Tate is an educational consultant and a member of the Corwin Press Speaker’s Bureau.

This year TQ Share Day also utilized Total Quality mentors from each school. Their roles were to identify best practices in each school that could be shared, support the presenters and promote the event. They also helped out where needed the day of the event.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 13, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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