Diversity Conference to explore theme “Everyone has a story to tell” - March 15

Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate’s School of Education invites educators and teacher candidates to attend the 18th annual Diversity Conference on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 9 – 3:15 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St. in Spartanburg.

The purpose of the conference is to bring teacher candidates together on the topic of diversity in the classroom. Student teachers from several South Carolina colleges and universities are expected to attend the conference. Attendees will enjoy a keynote speaker, break-out sessions, and entertainment by South Carolina school children.

The keynote address will be made by Michael Fosberg, an actor, teacher and writer. He will present a solo show titled “Incognito” which delves into what happens when you discover you are not the person you thought you were, and that you have a family, history and ethnicity you never knew.

Breakout sessions will include:
• Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers
• Gospel Music and Movement
• Empowering Homeless Children and Families
• Teachin’ Good: Dialect and Correctness in the Classroom
• Everything You Wanted to Know About Teaching in an Urban Classroom But Were Afraid to Ask
• In Search of the Magic Wand: Meeting the Diverse Learning Needs of All Students

Faculty from USC Upstate’s School of Education will present information about graduate programs in education. Musical entertainment will be provided by Crosswell Drive Elementary School’s Step and Dance Team. For more information, contact Dr. Greta Freeman at (864) 503-5524 or Dr. Marilyn Izzard at 803-938-3709.

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