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CCCCD Holds Educator Symposium



CCCCD Holds Educator Symposium

May 2, 2003 - More than 200 teachers, directors, owners of local child development centers, school district representatives, and CCCCD education students attended an Educators Symposium at Spring Creek Campus in Plano recently. This annual, daylong event was aimed at educators and administrators who work with children from pre-Kindergarten through middle school, and served a rich source of in-service training for local educators.

One highlight of the morning was a keynote speech delivered by Dr. J. Rodney Short, professor emeritus, from the Department of Educational Leadership at Texas Woman's University in Denton. Dr. Short's speech was titled "Bee All You Can Bee," which, using the humble bee as illustration, encouraged educators to see beyond limitations.

Twenty-five, hour-long breakout sessions were also offered throughout the day, covering topics as far ranging as infant brain development to bullying in middle school. Session presenters came from CCCCD, Eastfield College, Fort Hood, Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, TWU, UNT, and the ISDs of Denton, Plano and White Settlement.

In addition to teaching early childhood education, Elaine Boski-Wilkinson is also coordinator of the program. She has been with the college for nine years.

"When I first came to the area," she said, "there was a need for quality training and education for teachers in the child-care industry. I knew there was an audience for such training in Collin County and regionally. Our first conference had 78 participants. Since then, we have expanded our reach not only to teachers in the child-care industry but also to those in public and private schools, as well. This year, the "Educator's Symposium" had several hundred participants. The Symposium continues to focus on quality education, training, and related skills. It's important for educators to come together to share their knowledge and to support one another in this vital work."

Proceeds from the conference are used for scholarships for education students and for enrichment of the Child Development Lab School.