SRSU Department of Education would like to invite your leadership team to the 2nd annual Science of Learning Conference on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Morelock Academic Building at Sul Ross State University

Sul Ross State University’s Department of Education would like to invite your leadership team to the 2nd annual Science of Learning Conference on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Morelock Academic Building at Sul Ross State University. The purpose of the Science of Learning Conference is to provide educational leaders, K-12 teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty the opportunity for in-depth discussions exploring how the science of memory and learning impacts instructional and curriculum design approaches toward improving student learning outcomes.  This year our conference will have a literary focus. Participants will engage in learning experiences that focus on the following learning strands. Early registration is now open! Participants who register before June 1 receive our Early Bird Rate, of $10. After June 1, registration is 25. To register, please go to the following Registration Link. School districts who send more than 5 teachers will receive an additional discount, with a flat rate of $50. ·         Literacy and the Diverse Learner·         Pedagogy and Assessment·         Program Design and Evaluation·         Professional Preparation and Learning·         Community Partnerships Interested in sharing with other educators? We are searching for presenters to share about best practices, improving intervention approaches, and provide a wealth of information on the factors influencing the successful acquisition of skills in language, literacy and numeracy. It will be particularly relevant to classroom teachers, school principals and administrators, school psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, allied health professionals, tutors, parents and other key stakeholders concerned with effective education and support of all school-aged children – including those with learning difficulties. Presenters attend for free! Call for proposals is open until June 1, 2019.

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SRSU Education Study Abroad Meeting Tuesday, 12th of March 2019.

SRSU Education Study Abroad Meeting Tuesday, 3/12/19:  SRSU Education Study Abroad Meeting Tuesday, 3/12/19:  The SRSU Education Department will have an informal talk about the Summer 2020 opportunity Study Abroad to London & Edinburgh from 12-1 pm Tuesday, 3/12/2019  in the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library. Pizza will be served to attendees. Interested in learning about 21st century literacy approaches abroad? Discover how diversity has impacted teaching and learning in British schools, in comparison to those in America. During the Summer of 2020, Sul Ross State University will offer education courses for both undergraduate and graduate students, Thus far courses that will be offered for credit for this study abroad are ED 4313 Reading Comprehension and Enrichment, ED 6313 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas, and ED 6344 Counseling in a Multicultural Society. We will visit a range of schools in the UK, June 5-15, to deepen our understanding of language development, literacy learning, multimodality and the education of young people in the world’s most diverse city, London. Students will be provided with models and opportunities to differentiate instruction and develop multimodal approaches to working with diverse learners. Trips to cultural sites will round out this study abroad opportunity. Students that will graduate prior to Summer 2020 can still take part in this study abroad opportunity, there would just not be course credit given.

SRSU Education Study Abroad Meeting Tuesday, 12th of March 2019.

Sul Ross Future Leaders

Ana Carroll, a Fall 2017 graduate from the Sul Ross State University Educational Leadership Program has recently received a new assignment as Assistant Principal at Del Norte School, Socorro ISD, El Paso, Texas, Home of the Jaguars. Del Norte School is a K-8 school on the far east side of El Paso with over 1200 students. Congratulations, Ana. 

Ana carroll

Meet Literacy Leader, Ashley Halfmann

Hello! My name is Ashley Halfmann and I am currently a 2nd grade teacher for San Angelo ISD.  This is my 9th year in education and I have served my district in many capacities. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th and 5th grade English Language Arts (ELA).  I graduated in 2010 from Angelo State University with a Bachelor in Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and in 2018 from Sul Ross State University with a Master of Education in Reading Specialist. 

I have a passion for literacy and have served on many English Language Arts PLCs and mentor committees.  I was involved in Teaching for Learning curriculum writing, in which, I developed 4th grade ELA curriculum.  I also participate in a summer reading program that supports and strengthens reading skills of low socioeconomic children.  I was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2016.

As a former writing teacher, I have learned the value of strong writing instruction.  This begins with simply allowing your students to write daily.  A favorite activity comes from Corbett Harrison called “Sacred Writing Time”.  This is a short ten minute part of the day that becomes one of the most important.  This time allows students to freely write and draw about anything on their mind.  A set block of writing time builds writing fluency, challenges students to be creative and express their ideas in unique ways, and is a great time to practice skills and strategies discussed in writing mini-lessons.  Building confident writers in elementary classrooms paves the way for life-long writers!

SRSU Fall 2019 M.Ed. Reading Specialist Graduate