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KGA hosts pre-service conference for WKU teacher candidates

Teacher Leaders (TLs) for the Kentucky Geographic Alliance (KGA) put on a daylong pre-service teacher conference at WKU on April 25 to share science and social studies lesson ideas with teacher candidates.

The TLs were trained in a Leadership Conference in Fall 2014 to lead outreach and professional development for the KGA. TLs included Jessica Roberts from North Warren Elementary School, Harmony Hendrick from Natcher Elementary School, Jessica Elliott from Henry County Middle School, Joe Moneymaker from South Livingston Elementary School, Roger Thomas from Jefferson County Traditional Middle School and Tonya Hill from Clarkson Elementary School.

The TLs recruited presenters, designed T-shirts, recruited participants, and organized food, entertainment and door prizes. WKU teacher candidates attended sessions on the Trans-continental Railroad, the use of primary/secondary sources, the use of cookbooks to learn about communities, backyard habitats, misconceptions of science, Lewis and Clark, maps as tools, rivers and economy, colonial settlements, and more. Roger Thomas provided entertainment during lunch by playing the guitar and singing songs he wrote to teach social studies.

Dr. S. Kay Gandy in the School of Teacher Education at WKU is co-coordinator of the Kentucky Geographic Alliance, along with Scott Dobler in the Department of Geography and Geology.

Contact: Andrea Ford, (270) 745-6249

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