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Stemsation Conference

UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence hosts Oct. 24 conference

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 22, 2009)--The UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) will host the STEMsation II Mini Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 in Main Building Room 0.106 on the UTSA Main Campus. Free and open to San Antonio area teachers, the conference will feature more than a dozen presenters discussing the innovative methods they use to teach mathematics and science courses.

Featured speakers will include George Cheung, adjunct professor, and Nilsa Thorsos, associate professor of special education, from Azusa Pacific University in California. Their presentation,"StudioThirtySeven.com," showcases an effective use of Web 2.0 in math and science classrooms from a practitioner’s viewpoint. With their guidance, students with special needs have achieved great success on state exams.

Teachers attending the conference will receive up to six hours of continuing professional education credits. Door prizes will include Academy for Teacher Excellence memorabilia, classroom materials and a Netbook.

Part of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, the Academy for Teacher Excellence was established as a hub for school districts, community colleges and UTSA to collaboratively research, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address emerging statewide and local educational issues associated with a growing diverse student population. A major focus is the implementation of a Title V Hispanic-serving institutions grant to utilize resources in the community to better prepare teachers in classrooms with diverse student populations.

To register for the conference, visit the STEMsation II Web site.

For more information, contact Effie Mata at (210) 458-3170 or e-mail the Academy for Teacher Excellence.

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