Teacher Workshop with Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute

The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (DCII) invites you to two, upcoming events organized by the DCII Annual Fellows Seminar, “Religion and American Public Life: The Challenge of Pluralism”.

The American Bible Society and the Creation of Christian Nationalism

The idea of America as a Christian nation has swirled around American society as long as America has been around. Dr. John Fea will share his latest research on the American Bible Society (ABS), which was founded in 1816 by some of the same people involved in the political founding of the U.S., and continues its work today. By understanding the founding of the ABS, we gain critical insight into what Americans believed about Christian nationalism in the early-19th century, and perspective for the way forward today.
Thursday, October 9, 6-7:30pm

SMU, Caruth Hall, Room 147

Featuring: Dr. John Fea (Messiah College), Associate Professor and History Department Chair

Info and Registration: http://ChristianNationalismABS.eventbrite.com

Cost: FREE (seating is limited, so you must register)

Religion and the American Founding: Teacher Workshop

This full-day program will provide teachers with 6 hours of CPE credit. It will feature four workshops, focusing on TEKS standards for middle school and high school history, social studies, and government, particularly those dealing with teaching the role of religion in the American Founding Era.

Friday, October 10, 9am-4pm

SMU, Prothro Hall, The Great Hall

Featuring: Dr. John Fea (Messiah College); Dr. Eric Schlereth (UT-Dallas); and faculty from six SMU departments

Info and Registration: http://SMUreligionandamerica.eventzilla.net

Cost: $25 (for teachers seeking CPE credit); Free (for other attendees, but registration is still required)

For more information the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, visit www.smu.edu/dedman/dcii

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Medal of Honor Character Development Program

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program training session will be offered in Dallas/DFW area October 24th. The information below is provided by their organization.

The Medal of Honor Foundation (Watch Video Here:  http://www.cmohedu.org/default.aspx ) offers – Medal of Honor Character Development.

This training and the curriculum kit have been designed for teachers to take back to the classroom environment to help their students to be “Upstanders” not “Bystanders” in their life.  This curriculum uses oral histories of the Medal of Honor recipients and focuses on core values of good citizens.  Examples of courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship and patriotism will be discussed. The goal is for students to understand that possessing these core values can change their lives and the lives of those around them.

Medal of Honor: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice, is a resource designed by teachers to provide students with opportunities to explore the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity, and citizenship and how these values can be exemplified in daily life.

While drawn from the personal accounts of living Medal of Honor recipients, this collection of lesson plans does not glorify or glamorize war. On the contrary, these dramatic “living histories” and the accompanying instructional activities encourage students to consider each concept from their own perspective. The character of these men is what stands out in each story. The Medal of Honor recipients demonstrate and articulate many of the abstract principles upon which our nation was founded in a way that makes those principles very real.

The depth and breadth of our students’ insight and reflection after interacting with these materials has been remarkable. We are confident that you will find these resources to be as rich and engaging as we have.

This link takes you to the Medal of Honor website where you can read more about the education program and see a sample lesson plan.  http://www.cmohedu.org/default.aspx

NOTE:  Medal of Honor recipients will be part of the training at certain times during the day.

WHERE: Westin Hotel, John Carpenter Fwy (DFW area)

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014

FEE: There is NO COST for attendance. Schools will be reimbursed for the cost of substitute teachers.

WHO: We encourage teachers from all subject areas, administrators, counselors and coaches to attend. This curriculum is geared for middle to high school students. Training can accommodate up to 100.

OTHER: Participants will receive full curriculum kit at no cost. Participants will learn best practices in the classroom and will receive complimentary breakfast and lunch


    • Tim Raynor, Col (Ret), American Airlines Pilot:  (847) 971-3728
    • Noel Wall, Director of Development and Education, Medal of Honor Foundation (864) 612-4549

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Contact Info:   http://www.cmohedu.org/Contact_Us.aspx

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Teacher Time Management

What does it take to be a teacher?

Skill, education, and expertise, and a whole lot of time management. Teachers regularly juggle schedules that include lectures, classroom activities, one-on-one tutoring, grading, administrative meetings, parent interaction, coaching and extracurricular activities, and professional development. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, teachers around the world work up to 11 hours a day. As any teacher knows, every activity that occurs in the classroom can require a good deal of preparation and grading outside of class.

Teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex. Today they face massive challenges ranging from expanding class sizes, an increased diversity of student needs to consider, and a peer and pop culture that is not always supportive of school. And already, they are charged by society with tremendous responsibilities that range from inculcating democratic values to ensuring global competitiveness and preparing students for 21st century workforce needs.

Teaching is tough, and teachers are crucial to the future of our society. Let’s give them the financial, social, and structural support they need.

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Upcoming Forum at UTD: Ensuring Children’s Success in School


The Center for Children and Families’ Annual Fall Forum brings together nationally and internationally renowned psychologists and developmental and educational experts from the community in examination of cross-cutting issues that can make a difference in the lives of children and families. Learn More

This year’s Forum features Robert Pianta, PhD, dean of the Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia, founding director of the Curry School’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), and director of the National Center for Research in Early Education. Dr. Pianta’s prolific work focuses on teacher-student interactions and relationships and components of effective teaching and learning. He is the author of the CLASS observational assessment tool used by Head Start programs across the country. Dr. Pianta’s research and policy interests are particularly salient to the national dialogue regarding the achievement gap for low-income children that begins in the earliest years and the strong need and efforts to bridge that gap.

Other presenters include Alan Cohen, MBA, executive director of Early Childhood Education & Community Partnerships for DISD, and Adrianna Cuéllar Rojas, MPA, president/CEO of United Ways of Texas. They will speak to the opportunities and challenges of early childhood education in DISD and moving the needle in early childhood education policy.

 Cost: $15 (includes lunch)

Friday, October 31, 2014

9 am – 1:30 pm

The University of Texas at Dallas

Register Now

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Professor Al Otaiba’s Podcast with Learning Disability Quarterly

Learning Disability Quarterly (LDQ) publishes high-quality research and scholarship concerning children, youth, and IMG_0050adults with learning disabilities. Consistent with that purpose, the journal seeks to publish articles with the potential to impact and improve educational outcomes, opportunities, and services.

Special Series: Reading Part One of Two | August 2014

Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba speaks to the promise and ongoing challenges related to Response to Intervention (RTI) as a means of both prevention and identification of reading disabilities. Click here to listen to the interview.

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