Several students in the University of the Ozarks’ teacher education program recently gained valuable experience by taking part in professional education conference on dyslexia.
The first “Teaching and Learning Conference Focus on Dyslexia: Building Bright Futures,” event was held Oct. 6-7 at the Fort Smith Convention Center. It was presented by the Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative.
Pam Terry, assistant professor of practice of education and director of field services, and Dr. Sammie Stephenson, assistant professor of education, organized and led the group to the conference. The students who attended were Alejandra Arreaga, Ricky Scott, Karen Ramirez, Boston Arredondo and Amanda Fields.
According to Terry, the mission of the conference was to provide teachers with the knowledge, tools, and skills to help all students achieve, including those with dyslexia.
The U of O students helped out at the event by facilitating sessions, introducing speakers and scanning bar codes at the door.
“It was two days of learning and fun,” Terry said. “It was a great opportunity for our pre-service students to not only attend a professional conference, but to actually take part in it and gain some wonderful real-world experience. I was very proud of our students.”