Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
Teachers Gather in Mt. Vernon for Regional Conference
MT. VERNON -- More than a thousand teachers from across the region are in Jefferson County for the annual Mt. Vernon teacher conference.
The two day event held at Mt. Vernon Township high school includes more than a hundred seminars. Topics include technology in the classroom and how to handle bullying.
"We are really trying to understand the student and what they are going through," said regional superintendent Ron Daniels.
The conference allows teachers from across the region a chance to learn more about a wide range of education skills.
"They learn how to incorporate technology and how to best meet the needs of the learner," said Daniels.
Bullying was one of the more timely topics at the conference after a Carterville teen took his own life in early October.
"It's so easy for a student to type things that they wouldn't say to somebody's face," said Daniels. "It may not happen in the classroom but they are caring that burden with them as they come to class and so I think that creates a bigger challenge for our teachers to deal with that."
Conference director Angie Mills says teachers were also introduced to the state's new Common Core curriculum, which includes new standards for student achievement.
"I think what we are working on right now is what was needed," explained Mills. "I think we needed new standards so I think we are going in the right direction in that sense."
Daniels says he hopes the conference helps teachers become more in tune with their student's needs, "We just want to make sure teachers are reminding themselves of what goes on within the classrooms."
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