Summer Workshops

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 15, 1996

Three Summer Education Workshops Set

UW-River Falls is offering three summer workshops exploring techniques to motivate elementary, middle and high school students in the classroom.

Three nationally known presenters will host each session: Dr. Bob Kann, Dr. Judy Cooper, and Rebecca Sitton. All sessions are sponsored collaboratively through UW-RF Continuing Education Extension, UW-Extension and the UW-Center-Barron County.

The first session, "Infusing Humor in the Classroom," will be presented by Kann on June 21 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Trollhaugen Convention Center in Dresser, Wis. Kann holds a doctorate in curriculum and Instruction from UW-Madison. He is an adjunct professor in reading education and children's literature, with 13 years as a family entertainer and educator.

In this session, participants will explore techniques for effectively using humor in the classroom. They will also explore the logic of humor and a wide variety of tools that any educator can use to make the classroom more productive and motivational through stories and recreation.

Students can receive one graduate. The cost for the session is $15 for students who are registering for credit with additional tuition costs. For non-credit participants, the cost is $60 and includes materials, refreshments and lunch.

"Increasing Student Self-Esteem" will be presented by Cooper Aug. 5-7 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the UW-Barron County Center, Student Center in Rice Lake, Wis. Participants will learn the most advanced and successful strategies to help raise student self-esteem.

Cooper has been a professional educator for 35 years and has taught at all levels. She has administrative experience as a special education director, elementary and junior high school principal, high school assistant principal and assistant superintendent.

Students can receive two graduate credits for this session, and cost for the workshop is $45. The fee includes textbook, materials and refreshments.

This session is also available as a self-paced video course and is offered collaboratively through UW-RF and UW-Stout. Interested persons can register for the class through either campus by calling UW-RF at 715/425-3256 or 1-800-228-5607 or by calling UW-Stout at 715/232-2695 or 1-800-45-STOUT.

"Increasing Student Spelling Achievement" will be held Aug. 2 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at UW-RF in the Rodli Commons Yellow Room. Sitton will present spelling strategies that work. Participants will learn how to apply these practical, research-based strategies to teach spelling success for everyday writing to students in grades 1-8.

Sitton is a recognized authority in teaching spelling. She has authored numerous language-integrated spelling, reading and writing materials. Her experience includes those of a classroom teacher in regular and special education, district language arts specialist, staff development trainer, college instructor, and consultant to numerous school districts and regional education agencies.

Cost for the session is $15 and includes textbook and refreshments. Students can receive one graduate credit for the course.

For more information about all three sessions, contact UW-RF at 715/425-3256 or 1-800-228-5607.

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