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March 4 Event to
Celebrate Teaching

 MAILED:  Feb. 17, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — An event to celebrate the profession of teaching will be held 6:30 p.m. March 4 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“Celebrate Teaching 2004” is open to teachers from the community and the university, students who are preparing to become teachers and others who are interested in celebrating the education profession.

Education students provided the impetus for the celebration, which School of Education Associate Dean Katherine Rhoades hopes will become an annual event.

“The students said that they wanted to come together to celebrate our profession, so we decided to do something about that,” Rhoades said, noting that the university’s School of Education has much to celebrate.

Recent School of Education highlights include: a successful accreditation visit; Tamara Lindsey, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, receiving UW-Eau Claire’s Excellence in Teaching Award; Vicki Snider, professor of special education, receiving the university’s Excellence in Scholarship Award; Kappa Delta Pi, an education student organization, winning a national award for chapter excellence; and UW-Eau Claire receiving a national service learning award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, recognizing how the School of Education uses the university’s institutional commitment to service-learning for pre-service teachers.

The School of Education also is celebrating the development of the Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education, which received administrative approval earlier this year, Rhoades said. The CCLE promotes collaboration among undergraduate and graduate students in education, university faculty and staff, and area professional teachers and administrators.

“We are having a very good year, and we want to share our camaraderie with teachers in the community and our pride in the profession of teaching,” Rhoades said of the celebration.

The program will begin with a silent auction of items donated by local businesses. The proceeds will go to the Eau Claire Children’s Museum.

Award-winning first-grade teacher and author, Karen Hale Hankins from Athens, Ga., will be the featured speaker. At 7 p.m. she’ll talk about her book, “Teaching Through the Storm: One Teacher’s Journal of Hope.” The book chronicles her experiences with a diverse group of children in a first-grade classroom.

Hankins had 20 years of teaching experience when she made her voyage into first-grade instruction. She devoted her journal to her 23 students that year, but seven particularly challenging children were her main material for the book.

“Teaching Through the Storm” was written for teachers, but the stories and message speak clearly to parents or anyone who cares about educating children, said a reviewer.

“It reads like a novel and is very revealing of some of the things that happen to children in school and what happens when a master teacher like Karen opens her heart and mind to children who are written off by our school system,” said Joel Taxel, a professor and language education department head with the University of Georgia’s School of Teacher Education.

Refreshments will be served following Hankins’ presentation. The event is free.

The event is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire’s School of Education, College of Professional Studies, Office of Research and Supported Programs, Future Teachers’ Club, Kappa Delta Pi, Student Council for Exceptional Children and the Student Wisconsin Education Association.

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Updated: February 17, 2004