Conway and Cefaratti Represent Medaille at Teacher Educators Conference

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February 16, 2012

Claudia Conway and Michelle Cefaratti, faculty in the School of Education, presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas on February 13, 2012.

The theme of this year’s national conference, Creating a Global Community of Learners: Guiding the Future of Education, focused on essential questions such as: How do we use technology to create new and innovative practices for teaching and teacher education? How do we model effective instructional practices that are grounded in current research and policy in our teacher education programs? How are we developing common frameworks and understandings of the knowledge of teaching and learning to teach?

Conway and Cefaratti presented on Blended Instruction: Traditional In-Class Instruction Supported by Engaging Online Learning. They shared their experiences in creating and using videos in online learning to build background knowledge and to enhance understanding of best practices in literacy instruction. Participants were eager to learn of the successes and challenges using the blended model in preparing graduate students to become effective teachers.

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