Inspiring, innovative teacher headlines ‘Berg Education Summit

Feb 14, 2014

Heidelberg University’s School of Education will present the second annual Education Summit on the topic of Voices from the Classroom on March 21.

Heidelberg will welcome one of the most inspiring teachers in the country as the keynote for the summit. Rafe Esquith has been called “a modern-day Thoreau” by Newsday, “a genius and a saint” by The New York Times and “the most interesting and influential classroom teacher in the country” by The Washington Post.

For the past two decades, Esquith has taught fifth grade at a public school in Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs and violence. His exceptional classroom at Hobart Elementary – known simply as Room 56 – is unlike any other in the country. Esquith has authored books about teaching, including the critically acclaimed Real Talk for Real Teachers and Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, There Are No Shortcuts and Lighting Their Fires. His annual class Shakespeare productions was featured in the 2005 documentary, The Hobart Shakespeareans.

Local educators are invited to join the Heidelberg community to hear Esquith’s keynote address at 10 a.m. on March21 in Gundlach Theatre. Additionally, Bellefontaine high school science teacher Spencer Reames and Columbian High School science teacher Chris Monsour will present sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively. A panel discussion, Voices from the Classroom, will follow at 2:30 p.m.

The summit is designed to engage pre-service teachers, area school administrators, teachers and alumni in conversations about student learning and connecting theory to real-world experiences. In addition to the School of Education, co-sponsors for the summit are the Friends of Heidelberg Education alumni organization and Kappa Delta Pi, the education student honorary.

If you plan to attend the keynote or any other sessions, a registration is requested.

Register for the summit.