2010
“Global Language of Learning” theme of annual constructivist conference

"Global Language of Learning" theme of annual constructivist conference
September 9, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Lisle, Illinois ~ Elementary, middle school and high school teachers and college-level educators from throughout the Chicago area and Illinois are invited to attend the annual conference of the Association for Constructivist Teaching (ACT) to be held at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville on October 22-23.

The theme of the conference is "Constructivism: The Global Language of Learning." The conference will feature presentations on a variety of topics and issues that affect educators from pre-kindergarten through college.

"This conference offers something for everyone in education," said James Pelech, Ed.D., assistant professor in the College of Education and Health Services at Benedictine University and conference chair. "This organization is a great blend of researchers and practitioners, all of whom are dedicated to helping teachers help children learn."

Keynote speakers are William H. Schubert, Ph.D., professor of Education and University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose research focuses on curriculum theory; and Carolyn Pope Edwards, Willa Cather Professor and Professor of Psychology and Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska.

Among the more than 50 presenters are: Alejandra Torres Zamarripa, academic coordinator at the Avanzare Instituto in Monterrey, Mexico; Rheta DeVries, Ph.D., professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa; and Benedictine University faculty Ovid Wong, Alandra Weller-Clark, Sandra Kies, Olga Lambert and Carol Swett.

Also presenting are teachers from pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary levels, including Sandra Schlesselman of Summit Hill Junior High in Frankfort and Lucinda Dittmer from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, who will present "Problem-based Learning in the Middle School."

Other topics that will be addressed include: "Children Learning to Read, Write and Construct Understanding of Mathematics;" "The Teaching for Artistic Behavior Group;" "Cyber Bullying;" "One Step at a Time: Small Doable Acts;" and "Challenging the Social Studies Curriculum: Creating a Digital Flexbook."

Constructivist teaching provides a problem-solving arena that encourages the learner's investigation, invention and inference. The constructivist teacher values learner reflection, cognitive conflict and peer interaction. ACT is a professional education organization dedicated to fostering teacher development based on constructivist principles.

For more information about the conference, contact Pelech at (630) 829-6283 or e-mail him at jpelech@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.