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K-State Today

September 21, 2011



College of Education faculty direct professional development symposium for educators nationwide

By Kevin Murry

Faculty from the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy of the College of Education conducted professional development for lead faculty from five universities across the nation: the University of Arkansas, East Carolina University, Morningside College, Eastern New Mexico University and Pennsylvania State University, Sept. 14-18.

This was the eighth symposium of a 10-part series that was developed by Socorro Herrera, professor of elementary education and executive director of the center; Kevin Murry, associate professor of secondary education and director of research and development for the center; and Tonnie Martinez, associate professor of secondary education and associate director of the center. The symposium was facilitated by Cristina Fanning, associate director and instructor for the center, and Shabina Kavimandan, project manager for the dean of the College of Education. The three days of sessions for lead faculty at these institutions featured the findings of recent research in the field, standards of best practice and biography-driven strategies for English language acquiring students.