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BSC Educational Administrator Attends National Conference Focused Upon Strengthening Teacher Education Programs for Minority-Serving Institutions

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    Tuesday, March 20 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—Dr. Betsy Steenken, Interim Dean/Bluefield State College School of Education, attended the recent Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Hispanic Speaking Institutions, and Tribal Colleges/Native American Institutions Invitational Conference "Many Cultures, One Common Thread" in San Antonio, Texas.

The conference was sponsored by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and featured presentations on topics relevant to educators and administrators from minority institutions with teacher preparation programs. Current research and initiatives being sponsored by ETS include students' math achievement, academic effects of bilingual and English language learners, test regeneration and score setting of PRAXIS exams, impact of PRAXIS I scores on PRAXIS II, and ensuring fairness and equity in test development.

Keynote speakers addressed legal and legislative issues that currently affect HBCUs and Hispanic serving institutions, achievement gaps, and recruiting and hiring highly qualified teachers in high risk school districts.

"The conference provided a wonderful opportunity for faculty and administrators to share strategies and discuss common issues and problems," Dr. Steenken noted. "We are all dedicated to producing within teacher education the best candidates—individuals who will be able to meet the challenges of helping all students learn. We must be sure that, as 'Institutes of Higher Education,' we provide the knowledge and most effective strategies to accomplish this goal. "