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Moravian College to Host Graduate Education Symposium

Day-long program, Sustaining the Passion to Teach, to be held June 1

Linda ChristensenBethlehem, Pa., May 7, 2013—Moravian College will host the 7th Annual Action Research Conference and Graduate Education Symposium on Saturday, June 1. Social justice educator and advocate Linda Christensen will deliver a keynote address in Foy Hall, followed by a series of teacher action research breakout sessions, poster sessions, and panel discussions. Moravian’s graduate education program and the Lifelong Learning Committee of the Alumni Association is sponsoring the all-day event, titled “Sustaining the Passion to Teach.”

This conference is designed to gather local college and university students and faculty along with educators from the Lehigh Valley and beyond to share their teacher action research with a wider audience of educators and policy makers. The conference will explore how action research supports educators in sustaining the passion to teach through renewal, stewardship, nourishment, diversity, social justice and technology as they converge in the 21st century classroom.

Christensen is director of the Oregon Writing Project, and an editorial board member of Rethinking Schools. Her current research is focused on building academic confidence with struggling readers and writers. She has taught high school English Language Arts and worked as an English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist for over thirty years in Portland, Oregon. Christensen is the author of several books, including, Reading, Writing and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word, and Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom. Christensen’s keynote address is made possible by a grant from the Moravian College Arts and Lectures Committee.

Registration materials and additional program information are available online at http://www.moravian.edu/default.aspx?pageID=3346&event=1613. Continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks are included in the cost of registration. Act 48 continuing education credit provided, pending final approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Foy Hall is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa. the conference begins and 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Tom Dubreuil by email: tdubreuil@moravian.edu, or by phone 610 625-7051.

The Comenius Center is the division of Moravian College devoted to providing evening and weekend graduate, professional, and continuing studies for adults. As a progressive leader in quality adult education, the Comenius Center offers a unique and in-depth experience that balances the teaching of theory with building practical skills. Their approach and environment stimulate both personal and professional growth. For more information, visit www.moravian.edu/comeniuscenter.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.