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Welcome to the Third Annual Showcase of Teaching and Research entitled “Passion in Practice: Questions that Drive Us." This Phi Delta Kappa activity, social, and light meal will be held, April 17, 5:00-7:30 PM at Union College. Our last activity for 2011-2012 will be June 5th, please see below.

Do you want to learn about areas representing: one model for RtI, increasing literacy, improving student motivation and in turn student acheivement or possibly how one grows through a personal and narrative process in an educator's academic boundaries.

If so...please rsvp by April 14.

The interactive evening of learning and sharing among teachers and researchers recognizes exciting work occurring throughout our region and provides a forum to learn from one another on topics representing K-16. Each 30 minute session includes a presentation followup discussion. You have the opportunity to attend two sessions of your choice.

Brief descriptions include:

2011 Dr. Ron Joekel Award Recipient: Brad Baurain, UNL

“Authoring Teacher Development in a Graduate Seminar in Vietnam” A narrative inquiry into a Literature and Language Teaching course reveals processes of authoring and boundary-crossing underlying professional development in lived experience. Findings portray teacher development not as a linear process of skill-building but as a multidimensional process of narrative construction that problematizes academic boundaries between personal and professional.

*Note, the application for the 2012 Joekel Award worth $1,500.00 is due April 30. Please refer to (scholarships).

Mary Appleget, Teacher and Consultant

Appleget will introduce, a website featuring resources and an online academe. As co-founder of the website and author of Teach to the Brain and the Heart Will Follow, Appleget will share how brain research enables teachers to create brain friendly K-12 classrooms that promote learning.

Tim Golden, Retired Secondary Science Teacher (Lincoln SW HS and Consultant)

Golden will present “MI3 and Motivation.” In this presentation, Golden will share the interplay and research between motivation, intelligences, and increasing students’ achievement. His discussion will also share how communication and self awareness can be improved through an online Talent Key that identifies the strengths of students and educators.

Lynn Wallasky, Title 1 Coordinator Lincoln Public Schools

“RtI - Response to Intervention” What research-based intervention makes the greatest impact to close the achievement gap?

Does the 8 week RtI strategy wag the dog's tail or can a qualified inter-ventionist determine the intervention time-frame? Does the impact of an intervention depend on which teacher/interventionist is implementing the strategy? These questions and more help to confront the brutal facts by generating discussion that continues to evolve from a single site-based RtI elementary program into a district wide RtI implementation process.

Dawn Wright, Lincoln Public Schools

“Improving Social Interaction Skills: Enabling Preschoolers to Build Social Competency”

The focus of this school improvement project is based on the premise that instruction in preschool which concentrates on building prerequisite social skills will empower students to fully engage in academic instruction when they reach school age programs. When students are able to develop early social and relational skills they are able to make meaning through play and social interaction (Hohmann & Weikart, 2002). This meaning, often called comprehension at the school age level, (whether present or not) can and will significantly affect all future learning for students.

DATE, TIME & PLACE: Tuesday, April 17 5:00-7:30 PM Union College (3800 S. 48th St. Lincoln, NE)

The showcase will be held on the second floor of the Ortner Center. A map can be found at the following link:

COST: $8.00 per attendee

Please pay online (link below) by April 14 OR pay $10.00 onsite.

PARKING: PDK Guests may park at the College View Seventh-Day Adventist Church (4801 Prescott Ave.). Street parking is also available.

QUESTIONS: Please contact:

Jessica Rivera-Mueller (,
Alicia Dallman (,
Jeewa Moses (, or
Mike McDonald (

5:00-5:30 Registration
5:30-6:00 Dinner (A buffet meal will be served. Menu items include pasta, pizza,
side salad, dessert, and drink)

6:00- 6:30 First Round of Presentations (Mary Appleget, Brad Baurain, Dawn

6:45- 7:15 Second Round of Presentations (Brad Baurain, Tim Golden, Lynn

7:15- 7:30 Wrap-up with Raffle ($150+ plus worth of educational books and

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