150+ Area Educators Participate in Genesee Teaching Symposium

More than 150 area educators and teacher education students participated in Teaching: Reality and Vision, an April 10 symposium sponsored by Genesee Community College, the Genesee Region Teacher Center, and Tri-County Teacher Center, Instructor of Teacher Education Christine Belongia reported to the Board of Trustees this evening.

The symposium focused on key issues affecting education in 2003. Dr. William Hayes, Teacher Education Chair at Roberts Wesleyan College and former Byron-Bergen School District Superintendent, provided the keynote address. The symposium provided Genesee with an opportunity to bring the area educational community to Genesee Community College, Ms. Belongia said.

Participants had the opportunity to attend "breakout" sessions focusing on specific educational issues. Breakout session topics included certification of para-professionals, student teaching, mentoring, special and gifted education, and learning styles.

Teaching: Reality and Vision was an opportunity for educators and students to build their own professional skills, as well as share information and perspectives about current classroom issues, according to Ms. Belongia. "Genesee Community College is the perfect forum for this," she told the Board. "We have a large Teacher Education Transfer program here, and one of our goals is to serve as a forum for ongoing discussion about educational issues."

Ms. Belongia said that she hopes to organize another symposium during the fall semester.