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Summer Institute for Educators set for June 14 – 18 at Penn State York

5/27/2010 —

Discover what the best minds in literacy research have learned about student engagement, intrinsic motivation, and metacognition when the Penn State York Summer Institute 2010, “Essential Engagement: Motivating Metacognitive Minds,” takes place June 14 – 18 at the campus. Registrations are still being accepted for this weeklong three-credit graduate course that meets from 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. each day. This course may also be taken for Pennsylvania Act 48 hours.

The summer institute at Penn State York was created three years ago when Julie B. Wise, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, came up with the idea for a professional develop program for educators. She is now the program coordinator for the successful summer institute program.

“I wanted to put together a professional development situation that treats teachers as professionals,” said Wise. “I didn’t just want to offer session after session of information, but also wanted to provide an opportunity for teachers to share ideas, network, and have the opportunity to plan and be able to implement the new knowledge they gained into their course curriculum for the coming year,” she said. “The institute covers a different topic each year and this year the topic is motivating students. Every keynote speaker will address this topic and share their current research on reading, technology, learning disabilities, math, science, and even art.”

The summer institute includes nine keynote presentations and 22 break-out sessions designed for educators K-12. The nationally recognized keynote speakers at the Penn State York Summer Institute will highlight their books from the International Reading Association’s Essential Readings series. Keynote presentations include topics from “The Essentials of Early Literacy: Making a Difference through Policy and Practice” to “Practical Strategies for Success with Difficult Students.” Break-out sessions include topics from “Targeting Vocabulary” to “What Does Your Body Language Say?”.

The objectives of this course are to help participants establish an instructional framework that infuses theory and research with practical classroom application, uncover the mystery of motivation and discover keys to increasing student engagement, define cognitive strategies used by mature readers and learn how they can benefit student achievement on high-stakes tests, and identify emerging technological tools and powerful online resources that aid in motivating digital minds.

For a summer institute brochure please call (717) 771-4060 or visit http://www.psusummerinstitute.info.

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