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Date of Event: 03/24/2009 at 12:00 PM

McCamish School of  Business Hosts Business Education Teacher Workshop and Conference

 

Business Education Teacher Workshop and Conference attendees.
Pictured are (back row, left to right): Dr. Katherine Hyatt, assistant professor of business;  Diane Davenport, an educator at Gilmer High School; G. Paul Kreher, Jr., an educator at Mill Springs Academy; Chris Jeffreys, an educator at Creekview High School;  Katie Morgan, an educator at Northview High School; Danuta Skupien, an educator at Northview High School; Carissa Parker, an educator at Pickens High School; Chris Wallace, an educator at Pickens High School; Dr. Donald Wilson, interim school dean and associate professor of marketing; Tina Boosel, instructor of business; (front row, left to right): Dr. Howard Reese, Jr., associate professor of accounting; Hal Brickle, an educator at Northview High School; Wilfred Ward, Jr., an educator at The Cottage School; Raushanah Butler, an educator at North Cobb High School; Dennis DeSanctis, an educator at The Cottage School; Shelley Gravitt, an educator at Creekview High School; Yannick Post, an educator at North Cobb Christian School; Jean McDermott, an educator at Woodland High School; Susanne McCardle, an educator at Cherokee High School; and Carla Thornton, an educator at Cherokee High School.

Business educators from private and public high schools throughout the metro Atlanta area recently attended Reinhardt College's Business Education Teacher Workshop and Conference hosted by the College's McCamish School of Business. The conference attendees met with Reinhardt faculty and students, toured the College campus, listened to engaging speakers, and participated in roundtable discussions.

Community Outreach
"A conference like this helps the College reach out to our local high schools to form that connection with the teachers of our future students," explained Kathy Hyatt, assistant professor of business. "Our ultimate goal was to learn what Reinhardt could do for them to promote business education among high school students, as for many of these students, a career in business is their future."

Effective Teaching Strategies
Throughout the conference, various College business faculty talked about their classrooms and teaching strategies, and provided the high school educators with ideas that they could easily take back and incorporate into their own classrooms. Dr. Donald Wilson, interim school dean and associate professor of marketing, talked about "creating a psychological climate in the classroom," Ms. Tina Boosel, instructor of business, discussed the incorporation of "project management," and Hyatt shared her strategies for "motivation in the classroom."

Roundtable Discussions
In the roundtable discussions, attendees shared about themselves, their classrooms and their students. Topics discussed ranged from encouraging students to meet their fullest potential to seeking out new ways to excite students about the business field to combining efforts with Reinhardt to promote business education outside of the classroom.

Partnerships in Business Education
"The conference facilitated a forum for these high school educators and Reinhardt's faculty to learn how to partner together to create successful student learning opportunities," said Hyatt. "This was a great starting point and a catalyst for increasing the availability and promotion of business education in our schools."

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