UA&P to host educators’ conference

UA&P to host educators’ conference

by UA&P News Desk on October 17, 2012 - 9:57 am

The leader of a US-based education movement is set to give the keynote address of a conference at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), October 23-24.

The conference is entitled “Raising Lifelong Learners: Future-Proofing Today’s Youth.”

Dr. Terry Roberts, director of the National Paideia Center at the University of North Carolina, will highlight the conference’s call for a return to the fundamental reasons of education: so that students become productive professionals and responsible citizens, and that they live meaningful lives.

Dr Terry Roberts. Photo by National Paideia Center

Dr. Roberts is the author of several books, including The Paideia Classroom: Teaching for Understanding, Teaching is Literacy, Literacy Thinking, and Teaching Critical Thinking. He has been the Center’s director since 1993.

Parallel sessions during the Conference will be handled by master teachers who will discuss widely accepted educational principles and will show how Paideia practices work effectively in English, math, history, and social studies.

Paideia, from the Greek words pais or paidos, means the nurturing or proper upbringing of a child. The term implies a holistic education that leads to physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual maturity over the course of a lifetime.

The Paideia program was introduced as an approach to American education in the early 1980s by Mortimer Adler and other leading American educators in the book The Paideia Proposal: an Educational Manifesto.

According to Paideia, some of the most important outcomes of the program are improved articulation, higher-order thinking skills, and interpersonal skills.

In cooperation with the UA&P School of Education and Human Development, Bannister Academy is organizing the event with help from Diwa Learning Systems Inc. and the National Paideia Center. Bannister Academy is the first accredited Paideia school in Asia and one of the few Paideia schools outside the US.

For inquiries and registration, contact Honeylet Bello of UA&P at 637-0912 local 271, or email honeylet.bello@uap.asia. Group and early bird discounts apply.

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