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TQE Day is opportunity for UCPS educators to focus on innovation

Jennifer Stoltz, standing, of UCPS Technology Services, assists Wolfe School principal Mary Jo Breckenridge with a presentation program called Prezi. Stoltz and coworker Linda Helbig taught the TQE session titled, “Using Web 2.0 Presentation.” Also pictured, seated at left, is Breckenridge’s husband, Bill Breckenridge, principal at Stallings Elementary School.

Union County educators were schooled in “Innovations in Education” during Tuesday’s (Nov. 2, 2010) Total Quality Education (TQE) Day, held this year at Forest Hills High School.

Jimmie Quesinberry, the UCPS director of staff development and coordinator of this year’s TQE event, said more than 600 teachers, principals and assistant principals attended the morning-long continuing education sessions, all focused on this year’s theme “Innovations in Education.”

Quesinberry said in light of “so many innovative things going on in the county” it wasn’t difficult to come up with the list of breakout sessions. “There are a lot of innovative things going on in the county,” Quesinberry said, noting that there were about 60 different topics being taught by about 100 presenters.

The TQE sessions included “Global Awareness in the Elementary Classroom,” “Technology in Math in the Elementary Classroom,” “Integrating Technology in the Secondary English Classroom,” and “Using Satellite Data to Measure Sea Level Height.”

Fred Edwards, chairman of Quality Leadership Council, said the quality education events had been ongoing for about a decade. The event has grown from about 100 participants to the more than 600 who attended Tuesday’s event.

“I am so impressed with how each year the quality of the presenters and the presentations has improved,” Edwards said. “It never ceases to amaze me how right here in Union County we have people who are on the cutting edge of teaching; people who are excited about improving leaning within their classrooms, leaning within their schools, and all of that is working together to improve our system. We’ve seen evidence of that in our improved SAT scores, improved graduation rates, and improvement in so much that is going on in Union County.”

This year’s event began with a welcome message from UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis and featured a message from the 2010-11 UCPS Teacher of the Year, Andrew Rosene.

"Our communities are counting on us to prepare all students for college and a changing global workplace,” he told fellow educators in the audience. “I think that by questioning the lessons we teach out of habit, and by emphasizing real-world skills, products and audiences, every teacher can better address the need for 21st century skills, globalization and technology integration in our schools."

This year’s keynote speaker was Bryan Setser, CEO of NC Virtual Public School, who shared with educators a glimpse of the future of technology and what education and teaching will look like in 2015 and 2020.

“The nature of education is rapidly changing in North Carolina,” he said. “In the future, the way we serve students will radically change. Portable, mobile learning will become more and more prevalent.”

He also said that the future of books will radically change, noting that books and lessons will one day be available only digitally. “Students will lose a book, but they won’t lose an iPad,” he said.

Completion of the classes offers UCPS educators continuing education credits, necessary to maintain teaching license.
 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Nov 04, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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