The purpose of the MoPTA Symposium is for the teacher candidate to showcase his/her findings in a formal presentation of knowledge and skills in completing the four MoPTA Tasks as defined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Preparation.
Faculty members Shannon Cuff and Gail Hennessy, in addition to 9 teacher candidates who are members of the education student organization ASCD/MNEA, attended Drury University's 13th annual Developing Successful Youth Conference in Springfield, Missouri on November 6, 2015. The keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Jennings, is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education, with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student well-being and learning. Park University faculty and students learned many mindfulness strategies they can employ in their work as teachers and with students in the classroom to help make the learning environment more productive and beneficial for all.
Park University and the Watson Literacy Center welcomed nearly 600 4th grade students from seven elementary schools in the North Kansas City School District to the River Read Children's Literature Festival on Tuesday, October 13. 16 local published children's authors shared information about the writing process, and the students will participated in literacy activities.
Peace Symposium-Teaching Peace: Education as a Peace Building Tool, is a symposium scheduled on Friday, October 30th 1:00-4:00 in PDL. Judi Simmons Estes, Associate Dean, will speak on the topic of “Promoting Peace Through Education.”. The October 30th symposium is being sponsored by the School for Education and the Center for Global Peace Journalism. This event is followed on October 31st with an all-day (9 a.m. -3:15 p.m) workshop at Johnson County Community College Regnier Center, with the same theme. Registration is free of charge at both events. A free lunch will be provided at the JCCC event and may be reserved at www.jccc.edu/conferences/peacebuilding