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Education Fair to Benefit Educators, Students


September 15, 2005

MESA, Ariz. — Arizona State University's Education unit at the Polytechnic campus is hosting its annual Education Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 1, in the Student Union and the Agribusiness Center at the campus located in southeast Mesa.

With so much to offer this year, K-12 educators and administrators will have quite an educational experience and might even have a difficult time choosing which workshops to attend, according to Debi Molina-Walters, clinical assistant professor and event organizer. 

"This year's fair will incorporate workshops, breakout sessions and education-related vendors. Intel and SRP also are getting involved by sponsoring the event as well as holding sessions," adds Dr. Molina-Walters.
Educators will have an opportunity to network and share their educational connections and creative ideas in the "Make n' Take" activities. In addition, 40 different one-hour workshops will be offered. Some of the workshops will focus on making science and non-fiction fun, Arizona wildlife, agriculture, distance learning and grant writing.

The information offered at the event is expected to have a direct benefit for the educators' students, too. The more teachers know, the better they are at meeting the diverse learning needs in the classroom — all the better for students, says Molina-Walters.

"There is always a need to share education materials and resources to aid in student learning, especially with AIMS testing and the No Child Left Behind initiative," says Molina-Walters. "This event provides a very affordable opportunity to gain professional development and excellent resources and network opportunities."
The fair is open to educators, teacher's aides as well as those involved in home schooling.

There is a $20 registration fee. The registration deadline is Sept. 25. For information, contact Dr. Molina-Walters at (480) 727-1510, e-mail drmo@asu.edu or visit http://www.poly.asu.edu/saas/elementaryed/edfair.htm.