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Almost a century ago, John Dewey made this enlightened statement, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s we rob them of tomorrow.” 450 educators from Berks County and surrounding areas gathered at the Core Connections to Instruction and Technology Conference with a focus upon 21st Century instructional practices. This event, coordinated by the Berks County Intermediate Unit in collaboration with Governor Mifflin, Wilson, Muhlenberg, and Antietam school districts, was held at Governor Mifflin High School on Thursday, June 14, and Friday, June 15.
Over the course of two days, attendees heard two keynote speakers and attended six breakout sessions chosen from a selection of 65 titles. These breakout sessions showcased the current best practices being implemented in Berks County schools. They ranged from Google workshops, instructional technology, literacy and math strategies, and the most current career initiatives. Participants also had the opportunity to experiment in the innovation labs, delve into deeper discussion and collaborative work in open spaces, and network after day one of the conference.
David Chen, Senior Program Manager at Google, welcomed the group as the keynote presenter on the first day. Mr. Chen works with schools across the country to help them in their transition to Google.
Erin Murphy, co-author of Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom, was the keynote on Day 2. She presently serves as the assistant principal of Eyer Middle School in the East Penn School District, and will return to Berks County with her co-author Ross Cooper during the school year to facilitate the 2018-2019 BCIU Leadership Series: Leading and Learning with Project Based Learning.
For additional information, please contact Dan Richards, Director, or Dr. Christina Foehl, Assistant Director, Office of Professional Development and Curriculum.