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Local, state educators come together for day of learning

September 19, 2008

Arizona State University will gather more than 300 educators and administrators from Arizona in one spot October 4 to share ideas and continue their own learning. ASU’s School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation is hosting its Fourth Annual Education Fair at the Polytechnic campus from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Education Fair enhances instructional innovation by providing opportunities for networking and sharing resources between community partners, educators, and university students,” said Molina Walters, clinical assistant professor in the school. “The Polytechnic campus is growing, and we are looking forward to showing off our new academic buildings and allowing our new science and math faculty to share their content expertise.”

More than 50 community partners will participate in the Education Fair, including the Desert Botanical Gardens, Gilbert Riparian Institute, Arizona Museum for Youth, Riparian Institute, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona Geographic Alliance, Arizona Science Center, Barefoot Books, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, McGraw Hill, The Phoenix Zoo, Sargent Welch, Wards Natural Sciences and many more. SRP, Arizona Foundation for Resource Education and Central Arizona Project are the primary sponsors for this year’s event.

The school hopes to get educators excited about math and science by showcasing the new math and science education teaching labs at the Polytechnic campus and by highlighting the talents of the new math and science faculty as well as many local Valley teachers.

Educational breakout sessions will be available where lessons that can be quickly and easily implemented in the classrooms will be taught. This year educational opportunities will be expanded to include breakout sessions by local educators and content area workshops, which can be used to meet the professional development requirements for many local districts.

These breakout sessions will last about 60 minutes, and cover a wide range of content and issues, including special education, English as a second language, science, math, reading, social studies, art and educational games. Each session emphasizes the use of community resources in the classroom, and the content is aligned with state academic standards.

The fair will be held in the Student Union Cooley Ballrooms, with breakout sessions being held in classrooms on the Polytechnic campus. Registration for the entire day’s events is $40. The fee for full-time education students attending ASU, Central Arizona College or Maricopa Community College District is $10, with student ID. Check-in will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Student Union. Space is still available.

For more information, contact Dr. Molina Walters at 480-727-1510 or

Chris Lambrakis,
(480) 727-1173
Public Affairs at ASU Polytechnic campus