Baylor To Host Conference For Teachers, Gifted Students Feb. 23-24

Jan. 30, 2001

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. 23-24 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 and begin the journey of developing a workable solution to the problem. 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, teachers who complete the conference will receive 12 hours of gifted professional development credit (both TAGT and state of Texas), 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 interact with university experts, debate important issues and solve a crisis, while meeting new people, working as a team and exploring a university. Student teams will develop a solution to the crisis they are given at the start of the conference, prepare a skit to share that solution with an audience and use the university's computers to design a brochure that outlines the solution. Students also will tour the Baylor campus, visit the campus bookstore and meet Baylor's bear mascot.

The registration fee is $90 for teachers and $75 for students and includes materials, dinner and lunch. The conference begins with early registration at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 and ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 24.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Witte, director of the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment, at (254) 710-2171.

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