Baylor Hosts Conference For Teachers, Gifted Students Feb. 22-23

Feb. 4, 2002

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University's School of Education and the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment will host a joint "Interdisciplinary Creative Problem Solving Conference" for gifted students and their teachers Feb. 22-23 on the Baylor campus.

Teachers from throughout Texas will see how master teachers use the Creative Problem Solving process (CPS) to teach students an interdisciplinary curriculum. Teachers will observe 10 laboratory classrooms as students in grades 8-12 are presented with a complex crisis, then begin the journey to a workable solution. The conference also will give teachers the opportunity to participate in small group discussions, network with other educators and gather innovative teaching ideas and strategies for their classrooms. In addition, Baylor will present teachers who complete the conference with 12 hours of gifted professional development credit, as well as an information packets with time-saving lesson plans and creative teaching ideas.

During the gifted student conference, young people in grades 8-12 will explore and solve a worldwide crisis given to them at the beginning of the conference. As student teams develop a solution, they will create and perform an original skit with their team members before an audience and use the university's computers to design a creative pamphlet, banner and PowerPoint presentation to outline the solution. Students also will eat in Baylor residence halls and will enjoy a time of relaxation and fun led by Baylor students.

The deadline to register is Feb. 11. Registration fees are $90 for teachers and $75 for students and include materials, dinner and lunch, as well as a t-shirt for students. The conference begins with early registration at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in room 143 of the Draper Academic Building. Late registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The conference ends at 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Witte, director of the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment, at (254) 710-2171, or visit the center's web site at www.baylor.edu/SOE/CCLE/ .

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