Series I

Multicultural Education:  Valuing Diversity
Presented by James R. Romero, Ph.D.
(1 hour 44 minutes)

Dr. Romero of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies at the University of Oklahoma provides information relating to the culture of teaching, student culture, and ethnic diversity and provides strategies by which teachers can learn to work more successfully with a more diverse population.  The primary goal of the session is to assist teachers and administrators in recognizing the importance of culture and to begin to value diversity.

Cooperative Learning Strategies
 Presented by Patti L. Chance, Ph.D.
(1 hour 30 minutes)

Dr. Chance is Elementary Principal at Deer Creek Schools and has conducted Cooperative Learning workshops throughout the Midwest.  Dr. Chance provides information concerning the concepts of cooperative learning: how to utilize cooperative learning in the classroom, how to write effective lessons which address both academic and social skills, and how to ensure the involvement of all students in the learning process.


Improving Parent/Educator Relationships presented Presented by Edward W. Chance, Ph.D.
(1 hour 3 minutes)

Dr. Edward Chance discusses strategies which will assist educators in understanding the value of parent involvement in the educational process.  The presentation provides methods to implement the Educational Support Trilogy model which involves parents, educators, and administrators in developing a support system which assists the student in succeeding.  Practical suggestions for starting a parent involvement program and improving communication between teachers and parents are included.


Curriculum Alignment; Improving Student Learning
Presented by Deborah Steller, Ph.D.
(1 hour 44 minutes)

Dr. Steller was Curriculum Director of Deer Creek Schools in Oklahoma when the district was nationally recognized as an exemplary school.  Dr. Steller provides information concerning a process to establish a positive correlation between assessment, curriculum guides, and what is taught in the classroom.  Suggestions for the development of a systematic, logical alignment process are provided.


Superintendent/School Board Relationships
Presented by Marilyn Grady, Ph.D. and Edward W. Chance, Ph.D.
(56 minutes)

Dr. Marilyn Grady of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Dr. Edward Chance of the University of Oklahoma, discuss critical incidents that may take place between superintendents and their boards as well as superintendent actions that often result in their dismissal.  Practical suggestions are provided for both superintendents and school board members which will assist both parties to improve their communication and working relationships.  Thought-provoking pre and post activities are included.

The Future of Rural Education
Presented by Walter McIntire, Ph.D.
(1 hour 26 minutes)

Dr. McIntire presents current demographic, academic, and organizational information concerning rural schools in America.  He also specifically addresses the need for rural schools to develop programs that are uniquely theirs and which do not simply emulate urban settings.  A distinguished panel of experts responds to Dr. McIntire’s remarks.  This session is useful for rural schools and their communities as they plan for the future.