Fall conference focuses on education in the future

Wednesday, November 17, 1999

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Educating children in the new millennium is the topic of the fifth annual fall conference of the Velma E. Schmidt Programs in Early Childhood Education Dec. 3 at the University of North Texas. The conference, "Bringing in the 21st Century: Developing Minds and Children in the New Millennium," will feature speakers and exhibits from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Union, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets."During the new millennium, we will have to work together with community agencies, families, businesses, industry and our colleagues in other disciplines," said Dr. George S. Morrison, chairman of the programs. "Early childhood education by itself cannot meet all of the needs of children and families. We need the help and collaboration of other disciplines to inform us and help guide us."The conference provides an opportunity for experts in young childhood education and brain development to share research with educators, parents, childcare providers and others.Keynote speaker Ronald Kotulak, a science writer for the Chicago Tribune, will speak about brain research and education from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Kotulak is the author of Inside the Brain: Revolutionary Discoveries of How the Mind Works. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for explanatory journalism for two related series on brain research. Another featured speaker, Andy Baumgartner, is a veteran kindergarten teacher and 1999 National Teacher of the Year. From noon to 1:30 p.m., Baumgartner will talk about how teachers affect the lives of young children.The conference includes 28 sessions, such as "Opening Doors Using Technology with Young Children," "The School-aged Brain," and "Observing Young Children to Inform Instruction: A Blueprint for the New Millennium."Several of the sessions will involve Success for Life, a program that applies research theory to practice to promote optimally enriching environments for the education and development of children and families. The Velma E. Schmidt Programs in Early Childhood Education are dedicated to providing programs that educate the whole child. Dr. Velma E. Schmidt was an early childhood educator and a UNT professor who left her estate to the college. The annual conferences extend and enrich Schmidt's vision of high quality education by focusing on contemporary issues as they relate to the diverse needs of children and their families. The conference also features a home learning kit on display, Music for Young Minds compact discs for sale and vendors selling books and other professional materials.The conference is open to the public. Registration is $85. For questions about registration, call the conference planning staff at (940) 565-4477 or email barret@coefs.coe.unt.edu.

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