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‘What the Best College Teachers Do’ author to address Arts & Sciences Forum

Dr. Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do, will be the speaker today (Nov. 5) at a College of Arts and Sciences Forum in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

“Little Things Make a Big Difference in How Students Learn” is the title of Bain’s 12:30 p.m. talk, to be followed by a book sale and signing. While he’s on campus, the Montclair (N.J.) State University history professor will also lead one morning and one afternoon workshop for faculty and advanced graduate students in the Union.

Bain’s 2004 book won the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize as an outstanding book on education. In it, he examines how several exemplary teachers from across the nation prepare, what they expect of students, how they teach and interact with students, and how they evaluate their progress in getting students to learn. The outstanding teachers were identified because of their ability to promote deep learning and to stimulate learning beyond the classroom.

At Montclair, Bain is also vice provost for instruction and director of the Research Academy for University Learning. He is the founding director of four teaching and learning centers—Montclair’s Teaching and Learning Resource Center, the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University and the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University.

New Ohio high school core requirement focus of Smart Money workshop

More than 200 high school department chairs and classroom teachers will be on campus Thursday (Nov. 8) to take part in a workshop devoted to the Ohio High School Core Graduation Requirements and implementing the personal finance education mandate.

Ohio Treasurer of State Rich Cordray will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The Smart Money workshop will assist schools in preparing for the new personal finance mandate by helping them determine what departments will host personal finance education courses, which disciplines will teach them and what the curriculum will include. Educators from the areas of business education, family and consumer sciences, marketing education, mathematics, economics and social studies will be among those taking part.

The workshop is being offered free of charge to teachers by BGSU Student Money Management Services, the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Development.

Cordray, a leading proponent of personal finance education at the high school level, will speak on “Senate Bill 311: Core Graduation Requirements and Personal Finance” during a noon luncheon.

Other presenters include Tim Croak and R. David Ross of Creative Financial Partners, addressing “Financial Education: Foundation for Economic Success,” and D.J. Kern-Blystone, director of the Northwest Ohio Partnership for Economic Development, discussing “Curriculum from the Ohio Department of Education and Interactive Module.” In addition, there will be a panel discussion, hosted by Beth Carpenter of the Toledo Public Schools Credit Union, on the process of teaching and learning personal finance concepts.

November 5, 2007