Dr. Michelle Herczog, an internationally known expert on civic education, will deliver the keynote talk, “Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life” at Fresno State’s 32nd annual Conference on Character and Civic Education from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at the Fresno Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall in downtown Fresno (700 M St. at Inyo Street).
Awards will be presented to 25 exemplary valley elementary schools of character at the daylong conference designed specifically for students in the teacher education credential programs at both Fresno State and Fresno Pacific universities. The conference will offer 30 workshops on professional ethics and professional decision-making.
The keynote speech and the school recognition award ceremony will be part of the opening General Session, which begins at 8:30 am.
Herczog, who is the history-social science consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education serving 80 school districts across Los Angeles County, is the immediate past president of the National Council for the Social Studies, the largest association in the nation devoted solely to social studies education.
She served on the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning led by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and currently serves on the task force’s Your Constitution: The Power of Democracy steering committee.
Presented by the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, the conference is the oldest character education conference in the U.S., said Dr. Jacques S. Benninga, who coordinates the event with co-directors Jane Moosoolian and Dr. Susan Schlievert, fellow Kremen faculty members.
Benninga said the conference provides hundreds of prospective teachers with information on local civic agencies devoted to assisting children and families with life issues and presents them with ethical issues facing today’s teachers. They learn professionally appropriate ways of dealing with those issues and strategies to enhance character strengths in their students.
“The conference is intended to provide student-teachers with a number of important concepts and considerations related to the ethical implications of what teachers do as professional educators and to reinforce for them their vital role as shapers of children’s character,” Benninga said.
Local area schools to be recognized and honored at the event are:
|Harvest Elementary School||Central|
|Century Elementary School||Clovis|
|Copper Hills Elementary School||Clovis|
|Dry Creek Elementary School||Clovis|
|Fugman Elementary School||Clovis|
|Garfield Elementary School||Clovis|
|Nelson Elementary School||Clovis|
|Reagan Elementary School||Clovis|
|Riverview Elementary School||Clovis|
|Sierra Vista Elementary School||Clovis|
|Tarpey Elementary School||Clovis|
|Temperance-Kutner Elementary School||Clovis|
|Dawson & Sunset Elementary School||Coalinga-Huron|
|John Fremont Elementary School||Fowler|
|Malaga Elementary School||Fowler|
|Marshall Elementary School||Fowler|
|Martin Luther King Elementary School||Hanford|
|Pioneer Elementary School||Pioneer Union (Hanford)|
|Centerville Elementary School||Sanger|
|Del Rey Elementary School||Sanger|
|John Wash Elementary School||Sanger|
|Reagan Elementary School||Sanger|
|Sequoia Elementary School||Sanger|
|Wilson Elementary School||Sanger|
|Wilson Elementary School||Tulare|