Golden Apple Hosts “Teachers for Tomorrow” Conference

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27 Unique Workshops to Inform and Invigorate Future and Current Teachers

Golden Apple is proud to announce the annual Teachers for Tomorrow Conference, which will take place this Saturday, Oct. 4 at Oak Park and River Forest High School (201 N. Scoville Ave. in Oak Park) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hosted by Golden Apple Fellows, Teachers of Distinction, and Teaching Scholars, the conference is geared toward high school juniors, seniors and their parents, along with college students who are in education programs, and teachers. Current teachers will earn six CPDU.

The Teachers for Tomorrow Conference is designed to enrich and inspire educators who are currently working with students, those who are new to the teaching profession, as well as introduce and encourage young adults who are considering the teaching profession. The conference topics will focus on 1) Assessment and evaluation 2) Innovation and creativity and 3) STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

The 27 different workshops at the conference are diverse, relevant and extremely interesting. During one workshop, attendees can hear from 70 educators who were interviewed from across the country about what it takes to remain resilient in today’s teaching world. A separate workshop will open attendees’ eyes to the reality of prison life, in an effort to help teachers discourage students from making choices that could put them in the prison system. Led by a man who was imprisoned for 15 years, he uses props so that the audience gets a visual description of actual cell size, food trays etc. In another workshop, attendees will learn about peace circles and how they bring people together to understand one another, strengthen bonds, and solve community problems, support and connect to one another. Current teachers also can have the opportunity to perfect lessons with feedback from the other teachers, as well as gather ideas for fostering student creativity and engagement with the arts – just to name a few workshops. Full program descriptions are available.

The keynote speaker at the conference will be Alan Mather, 2014 Stanley C. Golder Award Recipient and Principal at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. The cost (includes lunch) to attend is $50 per teacher and college student and $25 per high school student and parent. Interested attendees can register online.

About Golden Apple
Celebrating its 29th anniversary, Golden Apple began with founders Mike and Pat Koldyke and a shared inspiration-to offer outstanding schoolteachers a level of recognition and engagement in the larger work of education reform. Golden Apple’s successful track record of integrated, innovative programs and resources enhance the quality, resiliency and creativity of classroom teachers and improve teaching and learning throughout Illinois. Qualified, passionate educators-including Golden Apple Award recipients and finalists-lead a small staff of dedicated employees with functional and program expertise. A connected and committed board of directors oversees Golden Apple’s strategic direction. Together with a larger community of expert educators, this nonprofit organization works to ensure that all Illinois children have the excellent teachers they deserve, particularly within schools of need. Visit http://www.goldenapple.org for more information.

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