BGSU hosts curriculum summit

BOWLING GREEN, O.—An international curriculum conference featuring eminent scholars from throughout the United States and Canada will be hosted March 16-17 by the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University.

The summit will focus on the state of the curriculum field today in light of the influence of national and state curriculum standards, the pressure of high-stakes standardized tests and the necessity to maintain accreditation for teacher education programs.

The conference, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall, is open to area pre-K through 12 educators as well as college-level faculty and students. There is no registration charge, but individuals must pre-register to attend by Monday, March 12. Attendance is limited to the first 300 registrants.

The two-day event is sponsored by School of Teaching and Learning, the Dean's Office in the College of Education and Human Development, the Center for Innovative and Transformative Education, Partnerships for Community Action, and the International Democratic Education Institute.

On Friday (March 16) the keynote speaker will be Dr. William Pinar from the University of British Columbia. Other featured speakers that day will include Drs. Janet Miller from Teachers College at Columbia University, Jesse Goodman of Indiana University and Paul Shaker from Simon Fraser University.

Keynote speakers on Saturday (March 17) will be Drs. William Schubert and Bill Ayers, both from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Other featured speakers will include Dr. Craig Kridel from the University of South Carolina and Dr. Susan Edgerton from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Curriculum scholars from Ohio will include Drs. Tom Kelly from John Carroll University, James Henderson from Kent State University and Joe Watras from the University of Dayton. Drs. Bill Armaline, Kathy Farber and Gregg Brownell of BGSU will offer responses to the presentations and lead discussions focusing on the implications of the ideas presented for Ohio schools and universities.

For more information, contact Dr. Leigh R. Chiarelott at 419-372-7352 or lchiare@bgsu.edu.

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(Posted February 27, 2007)