Event Alert: Improving Student Outcomes & Reducing the Achievement Gap in Minnesota

Understanding the many factors that affect a child’s ability to learn is crucial to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed. At Saturday Scholars, you’ll hear riveting presentations from esteemed CEHD faculty members, as they lead concurrent sessions exploring timely topics in education and human development from multiple perspectives. Come ready to share ideas, meet others and hear how our leading research and outreach are shaping the effort to reduce the achievement gap in Minnesota.

The University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Alumni Society invites alumni, students and members of the public to spend a Saturday satisfying your curiosity about everything from childhood obesity to early school success at this year’s Saturday Scholars.

This half-day of informal learning kicks off at 8:00 a.m. at McNamara Alumni Center beginning with a continental breakfast. A sample of sessions includes:

  • Promoting Physical Activity and Academic Achievement through Exergaming by Zan Gao. Read Zan’s recent blog post on this topic.
  • Second Language Learning: The Supporting Role of a Child’s Native Language by Melissa Koenig. Check out Melissa’s blog about why trust is important for effective teaching.
  • Because Parents Matter: Minnesota’s ECFE Program and Early School Success by Susan Walker. Learn more about Susan’s early childhood development research here.

Morning sessions will be followed by lunch and a keynote discussion, Meeting the 21st Century Learning Potential of All Students, moderated by CEHD’s Michael Rodriguez and featuring Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius.

For teachers and administrators, the event provides 6 hours of CEUs (continuous education credits). Register online today to secure your seat at Saturday Scholars. To find out more about the event, visit http://www.cehd.umn.edu/alumni/events/saturday-scholars.

We hope to see you on Saturday, November 2!

-Jon Ruzek
Director of Alumni Relations

Contact Jon:  Email cehdexrl@umn.edu or tweet to @UMN_CEHD_Alumni

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