Union County educators were schooled in â€œInnovations in Educationâ€ during Tuesdayâ€™s (Nov. 2, 2010) Total Quality Education (TQE) Day, held this year at Forest Hills High School.
Jimmie Quesinberry, the UCPS director of staff development and coordinator of this yearâ€™s TQE event, said more than 600 teachers, principals and assistant principals attended the morning-long continuing education sessions, all focused on this yearâ€™s theme â€œInnovations in Education.â€
Quesinberry said in light of â€œso many innovative things going on in the countyâ€ it wasnâ€™t difficult to come up with the list of breakout sessions. â€œThere are a lot of innovative things going on in the county,â€ Quesinberry said, noting that there were about 60 different topics being taught by about 100 presenters.
The TQE sessions included â€œGlobal Awareness in the Elementary Classroom,â€ â€œTechnology in Math in the Elementary Classroom,â€ â€œIntegrating Technology in the Secondary English Classroom,â€ and â€œUsing Satellite Data to Measure Sea Level Height.â€
Fred Edwards, chairman of Quality Leadership Council, said the quality education events had been ongoing for about a decade. The event has grown from about 100 participants to the more than 600 who attended Tuesdayâ€™s event.
â€œI am so impressed with how each year the quality of the presenters and the presentations has improved,â€ Edwards said. â€œIt never ceases to amaze me how right here in Union County we have people who are on the cutting edge of teaching; people who are excited about improving leaning within their classrooms, leaning within their schools, and all of that is working together to improve our system. Weâ€™ve seen evidence of that in our improved SAT scores, improved graduation rates, and improvement in so much that is going on in Union County.â€
This yearâ€™s event began with a welcome message from UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis and featured a message from the 2010-11 UCPS Teacher of the Year, Andrew Rosene.
"Our communities are counting on us to prepare all students for college and a changing global workplace,â€ he told fellow educators in the audience. â€œI think that by questioning the lessons we teach out of habit, and by emphasizing real-world skills, products and audiences, every teacher can better address the need for 21st century skills, globalization and technology integration in our schools."
This yearâ€™s keynote speaker was Bryan Setser, CEO of NC Virtual Public School, who shared with educators a glimpse of the future of technology and what education and teaching will look like in 2015 and 2020.
â€œThe nature of education is rapidly changing in North Carolina,â€ he said. â€œIn the future, the way we serve students will radically change. Portable, mobile learning will become more and more prevalent.â€
He also said that the future of books will radically change, noting that books and lessons will one day be available only digitally. â€œStudents will lose a book, but they wonâ€™t lose an iPad,â€ he said.
Completion of the classes offers UCPS educators continuing education credits, necessary to maintain teaching license.