School of Education Announces Spring Speaker Series Guest Lecturers

February 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

TROY, NY – Sage’s School of Education is pleased to welcome four distinguished guests, all with unique backgrounds and perspectives, as part of the annual Spring Speaker Series. All events are held in Bush Memorial and are free and open to the public and campus community.

Series presenters’ published books will be available for sale at each event through the M.O.S.S. College Bookstore. Authors will sign books following their respective presentations.

Taking it to Heart: When Teaching Becomes Emotional Labor
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Bush Memorial, Troy campus

Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs, associate professor of secondary English education and literacy at SUNY Oneonta, is the author of The Nurturing Teacher. Her presentation will help teachers sort through their emotional, physical and social reactions to caring for students, piles of paperwork and other stressors and begin a stress management plan.

If the World Were A Village

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Bush Memorial, Troy campus

Author and educator David Smith travels the globe sharing his enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching and learning about the world. A classroom teacher with more than 25 years experience teaching English, geography and social studies, Smith developed  a unique method of teaching students to draw maps of the entire world from memory. His books include If the World Were a Village and This Child Every Child.

David Smith will also appear in Kahl Campus Center on the Albany campus at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

Be the Spark! The Importance of Belief in Education
Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Bush Memorial, Troy campus

2012 New York State Teacher of the Year and Sage School of Education graduate Katie Ferguson is a 2nd grade teacher in the Schenectady City School District. She is known for her work with independent literacy centers and for individualizing instruction with behavior charts, songs, chants, and cheers to help children learn new concepts.  She also believes that a strict, but caring environment is essential to learning both academic and life lessons.

Artful Stories: The Teacher, the Student and the Muse
Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Bush Memorial, Troy campus

Celebrated Trinidad-born arts practitioner and educator Joanne Kilgour Dowdy has written nine books, which tackle women’s issues, empowerment and the Caribbean and pan-African people. Her latest work, Artful Stories: The Teacher, the Student and the Muse, is an exploration of the role of the artist and the relationship that evolves between the teacher and the student in the creation of new work.