Early childhood education undergraduates and faculty share strategies at statewide educators’ conference


 Students presenting at conference

Seven aspiring teachers from LEC’s School of Education and Professional Studies presented strategies for empowering young children at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children’s (OAEYC) annual conference.

On April 19-21, those involved in care, education and advocacy for young children met at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. The 3-day conference was attended by over 2,500 early childhood education professionals.

There, Lake Erie College undergraduates attended professional development workshops and exhibited information on Dyscalculia, hands-on science and the Jigsaw strategy for English Language Learners.

Graduating seniors Brooke Yopko and Jilliann Frey, as well as upper-level early childhood education majors Amanda Short, Norma Gutierrez, Norma Herrara, Jaclyn Robinson and Jennifer Kilgore reframed insights from their classroom projects, including a recent Science Fair for local students held at LEC.

“The conference was an amazing experience for an aspiring educator. It was awesome to share ideas and learn about things from a different point of view,” said Yopko, who is secretary of campus club Tomorrow’s Teachers and LEC’s Mortar Board.

In addition, Dr. Katharine Delavan, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies, presented “Interactive Reading Aloud for PreK-K,” a workshop attended by over 150 teachers. She provided participants with a decision-making model for selecting new vocabulary from illustrated storybooks.Group photo of students

Dr. Delavan said, “We look forward to representing Lake Erie College again at the 2019 OAEYC Conference.”

For more information about the OAEYC conference or programs in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Lake Erie College, contact Dr. Delavan at kdelavan@lec.edu.


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