The Department of Teacher Education at Misericordia University is holding several educational programs on campus for American Education Week in November that address how teachers inspire and advocate for students in the classroom. All programming is open, free to the public.
The 96th annual American Education Week is being observed across the country from Nov. 13-17. It is an opportunity to celebrate public education and honors teachers who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education, according to the National Education Association, which was instrumental in establishing the annual program in 1921.
American Education Week programming at Misericordia University begins Wednesday, Nov. 15 with poster presentations by teacher education students and the keynote address by Michael Graybill, a sixth grade social studies teacher and basketball coach at Good Hope Middle School of the Cumberland Valley School District.
Teacher education students at Misericordia University will highlight the ways teachers advocate for students during poster presentations from 6-7 p.m. in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall's Huntzinger Room 218. At 7 p.m., Mr. Graybill will discuss how teachers can inspire growth for all students and follow the path from understanding to advocacy.
"The special programming organized by the Teacher Education Department enables us to discuss and illustrate with our students and the public how teachers inspire students daily,'' said Stephen L. Broskoske, Ed.D., associate professor of education, "and also advocate for them inside and outside of the classroom.''
Activities conclude Friday, Nov. 17 with the screening of the movie, "Freedom Writers,'' starring Hilary Swank from 7-9:30 p.m. in Insalaco Hall Room 218. The movie follows a dedicated teacher who inspires a class of at-risk teenagers in a racially divided Los Angeles, California, school. A panel discussion follows the movie.For more information about the teacher education program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/education.