KCIE to host classroom management workshop

Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin, assistant professor of teacher education at Fort Hays State University, and Casey Piene, special education teaching specialist for Wichita public schools, will present "Approaches to Classroom Management: Find What Works for You" on Monday, June 23, in Rarick Hall, room 201.

The workshop is sponsored by The Kansas Center for Innovative Education, an entity of the College of Education and Technology at FHSU. KCIE provides tools for creative and critical thinking in the fields of manufacturing, technology and education.

As a teaching specialist, Piene provides special education services for 19 elementary schools, facilitates the Multi-Tiered System of Supports and helps with behavioral supports. Her passion, she says, is the success of students through special education services and inclusive practices.

The workshop will share a variety of classroom management approaches from three educational theorists, Dr. Fred Jones, Dr. Spencer Kagan and Dr. Harry Wong.

While serving at the UCLA Medical Center, Jones developed methods of helping children with severe emotional disorders and began pioneering research into classroom management in both regular and special education classrooms. In the process, he has developed methods of classroom management that are both powerful and affordable for all teachers.

Kagan, a world-renowned author and keynote speaker in the field of education and psychology, developed the popular brain-based, cooperative learning and multiple intelligence structures like "Numbered Heads Together" and "Timed Pair Share," which are used in classrooms worldwide. His main belief about behavior is that it should be established by using structures in order to prevent and redirect misbehavior.

Wong has written more than 30 publications, including a leading book in classroom management, "The First Days of School." The majority of his work focuses on proactive approaches to preventing classroom management issues including defining the roles and responsibilities of everyone in the classroom, the students and the teacher.

Lunch and refreshments are included in the $90 workshop fee, due Monday, June 16. Registration for college credit should completed no later than Monday, June 2.

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