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Jan. 16, 2008
CONTACT: Pamela Young

Assessment conference targets area educators

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education will hosts its third annual Winter Assessment Conference, January 25, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in EMU’s Student Center Ballroom.

Opened to all educators, the conference will provide the latest in assessment practices and accreditation, and the Michigan Department of Education’s practices and policies.

The morning sessions will cover national accreditation. Donna Golnick, executive senior vice president for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) will be the keynote speaker.

During the luncheon, there will be an official signing of a memorandum of understanding with several school districts and EMU. As part of the agreement, the school districts of Ann Arbor, Inkster, Lincoln, Willow Run, Wayne-Westland and Ypsilanti will provide field and clinical experiences for EMU students. EMU will provide professional development for in-service teachers and staff in the local districts; curriculum planning; and collaborative research and inquiry opportunities for EMU and K-12 faculty.

Afternoon sessions will address the Michigan Department of Education’s policies and practices. Bonnie Rockafellow, educational consultant with the department, will discuss the highly qualified status for special education; field experiences and methods requirements for minors leading to teaching endorsements; and approved national accreditation options for teacher preparation programs in Michigan.

For more information, contact Erica Ginyard at 734.487.2562


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