Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2007

Whitworth to Host Teaching Academy Conference Oct. 29
for Area High-School Students

Who: More than 100 local high-school students and their teachers

What: Teaching Academy Conference

When: Monday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.              

Where: Hixson Union Building and Dixon Hall classrooms at Whitworth University

The Whitworth University School of Education, in collaboration with the Career Technical Education Department of Spokane Public Schools, will host a Teaching Academy Conference for approximately 110 Spokane-area high-school students who are enrolled in the Teaching Academy course. The event will provide an opportunity for junior and senior students to experience a professional conference during which they will hear keynote addresses and take part in breakout sessions. The addresses will include "Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes" presented by Steven Gering, principal of North Central High School. Tennille Jeffries-Simmons, director of Equity for Spokane Schools, will facilitate a discussion on cultural competency.

Breakout sessions will address the following topics: Math for Munchkins, Creating Reading Magic, Technology in Education, and Science Awareness in the World around Us. Participants will also attend a style show sponsored by Banana Republic, which will emphasize dressing for success.

The Teaching Academy course, an intensive class in basic teaching skills, is offered at local high schools to encourage students to explore careers in education. This curriculum is also offered at high schools across the state of Washington. The curriculum is guided by the goals of the Washington State Teachers Recruiting Future Teachers Organization.  

After completing the Teaching Academy course, students will intern in field sites during the second semester. The internships will allow the students to explore future careers in teaching, as well as apply the skills and knowledge they acquired at the Whitworth conference and in their course work.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


OJ Cotes, visiting professor, School of Education, Whitworth University (509) 777-4255 or ocotes@whitworth.edu.

Kathy Ayers, office of the dean, School of Education, Whitworth University (509) 777-4574 or kayers@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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