Summer Teacher Institute Set for This Month

For a sixth consecutive summer, faculty members from the Arkansas Tech University College of Arts and Humanities will provide free continuing education to K-12 teachers from around the Natural State during the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute.

This year’s institute is entitled “From Eberts Training Field to Qingdao: Arkansas and the World During World War I.” Attendance is free and open to all K-12 educators in Arkansas. Sessions will take place June 27-29 in Witherspoon Hall room 241, which is located on the ATU campus in Russellville at 407 West Q Street.

Registration for the individual sessions is handled by the Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative.

“This year’s institute is particularly special because the driving force behind the creation of this program, Dr. M. Diane Gleason, is retiring from the ATU faculty,” said Dr. H. Micheal Tarver, professor of history at ATU. “It is her passion for K-12 education and the subject matter that has made this tremendous resource available to hundreds of teachers for the ultimate benefit of the children of Arkansas.”

Gleason will present a lesson entitled “Arkansas Cotton and the First World War” as part of the summer institute.

Other members of the ATU faculty scheduled to present during the institute include Tarver, Dr. Patrick Hagge, Dr. Tom DeBlack, Dr. Jan Jenkins and Dr. David Cullen.

Visit to see a complete schedule for the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute at ATU.

The institute is one aspect of the ATU College of Arts and Humanities K-12 Initiative. The program also makes content-specific videos in subjects such as English, history, political science, art, music, geography, literature, sociology and philosophy available to K-12 teachers for use in their classrooms.

According to the initiative website, the goal of the program is to “increase and enhance the level of partnership between higher education and the public schools while improving student learning, comprehension and written expression at all levels of the educational experience.”

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