Education students present at global convocation

November 20, 2017
UW-Platteville's Kappa Delta Pi group photo

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Eight students, two alumni and three advisors from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education’s Iota Rho Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi recently presented at “Convo 2017,” KDP’s 51st biennial convocation held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The conference had more than 150 workshops and breakout sessions with approximately 1,000 attendees from 45 states and 6 nations. Presentations were focused on civility, diversity and the multicultural nature of the United States and its place in the world as well as the demands faced by educators at different stages of their careers. Presentations addressed best practices, strategies for success, technology in the classroom and educational leadership.

UW-Platteville students, alumni and advisors presented workshops, sessions and posters in various formats. They also attended several sessions and listened to renowned keynote speakers such as Dave Burgess, National Teacher of the Year and author of “Teach Like a Pirate.”

The trip was led by Dr. John Nkemnji, professor and coordinator of educational media services at UW-Platteville and Iota Rho Chapter advisor, Dr. Rea Kirk, professor of special education at UW-Platteville and Iota Rho Chapter co-advisor, and Dr. Peggy Marciniec, associate professor of education at UW-Platteville and Iota Rho Chapter co-advisor.

“This international conference offered students the opportunity to attend a wide variety of speakers and sessions to enhance their personal growth,” said Marciniec. “They gave quality presentations and interacted with professionals from many different cultures.”

“Going to Convo was an amazing experience,” said Tammie Lamfers, a senior elementary education-early childhood major from Davenport, Iowa. “I enjoyed going to different sessions and learning different techniques on how to manage classrooms and different activities. This was a very informative trip and I am glad to have been a part of this experience.”

“Convo was a wonderful opportunity that allowed me to meet new people, see new things and, most of all, taught me amazing tips, strategies and techniques that I will use throughout my life,” said Maddison Clemens, a sophomore middle childhood-early adolescence STEM education major from Chili, Wisconsin.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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