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Total Quality Share Day benefits 600 UCPS educators

Jing He, a Chinese teacher from Marvin Ridge High School, shares information about "China Today" during the UCPS eighth annual Total Quality Share Day held this year at Cuthbertson High School.

Union County educators learned first-hand from their peers what works in the classroom during this year’s Total Quality (TQ) Share Day, held recently at Cuthbertson High School.
The classes were taught by teachers, principals, assistant principals, school psychologists, curriculum and media coordinators and department directors on such topics as using technology in the classroom, videoconferencing, globalization, and legal issues in a digital environment.
Participant Stephanie McManus, principal at Poplin Elementary School, said the event was very informative and geared toward 21st Century teaching skills.
“I’m taking away a lot of ideas,” she said. “I want to go back to my school and give the teachers the opportunity to see all the resources I’ve seen today. Then they can guide their lessons with those resources and the understanding of what it means to have and to give 21st Century skill opportunities.”
Last year’s TQ Share Day brought about 550 educators from across the county, with more than 100 presenters. According to UCPS Director of Staff Development Jimmie Quesinberry, this year's outpaced the 2009 event with more than 600 UCPS educators in attendance.
Fred Edwards, a member of the Quality Leadership Council, said the event has grown in the past eight years from about 100 participants to the 600 who came to this year’s event. “This has become a model for how to share ideas throughout the system,” Edwards said. “This event has been highlighted on the Partnership For Excellence web site, which looks at school systems across the country. The Quality Leadership Council is proud to have been part of it to get it started.”
Keynote speakers were Jessica Garner, the 2009-10 North Carolina AT&T Teacher of the Year, and David Dahari, the 2010 Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year.
Garner spoke on the importance of teaching 21st Century skills and globalization to today's students, and how to bring cultural competence to the classroom. Dahari stressed the importance of fostering creative thinking in the classroom and making learning fun.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 10, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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