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College of Education and Human Development
104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr. S.E
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Saturday Scholars

Save The Date!

Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (times tentative)
McNamara Alumni Center

Check back this summer for updated information on the 2014 Saturday Scholars! 


Last Year's Schedule of Sessions
Working In The Achievement Gap

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Understanding the many factors that affect a child’s ability to learn is crucial to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed.  At Saturday Scholars, CEHD faculty members will lead concurrent sessions exploring, from multiple perspectives, what’s working to improve student outcomes.  Come ready to share ideas, meet others, and hear how our research and outreach uniquely positions the college as a leader in the effort to reduce the achievement gap in Minnesota. 

8–9 a.m.
— Registration, continental breakfast, and opening welcome

9:10–10 a.m. — Session 1
Promoting Physical Activity and Academic Achievement through Exergaming Zan Gao

The Gap Gets Bigger: Academic Achievement and Child Welfare
Traci LaLiberte and Kristine Piescher
PDF of presentation

Are My Students Making Progress? Using Data to Individualize Reading Instruction
Kristen McMaster and Amy Kunkel
PDF of presentation

10:15–11:05 a.m. — Session 2
Second Language Learning: The Supporting Role of a Child's Native Language
Melissa Koenig
PDF of presentation

Motivation to Learn: Multi-Media Experiences in Urban Classrooms
Cynthia Lewis
PDF of presentation

The Global Achievement Gap: Challenges and Opportunities in Africa
Frances Vavrus

11:20 a.m.–12:10 p.m. — Session 3
School District and University Collaborations That Close Gaps for P-12 Learners
Stacy Ernst and Jehanne Beaton
PDF of presentation

Stories as Game Changers: Using Photo Narratives to Teach and Learn
Rashné Jehangir
PDF of presentation

Because Parents Matter: Minnesota's ECFE Program and Early School Success
Susan Walker
PDF of presentation

12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. — Lunch and keynote discussion

Meeting the 21st Century Learning Potential of All Students
Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Commissioner of Education
Michael Bradley, Roosevelt High School Principal
Moderated by Michael Rodriguez.

*Sessions feature concurrent presentations. Topic and presenters subject to change.

Cost & Registration

Tickets for Saturday Scholars will go on-sale in late summer /early fall. Ticket pricing will be set at that date.

Directions, maps, and additional information will be emailed before the event.  Saturday Scholars is a casual event, so wear your University or other campus-comfortable attire.  Contact 612-625-1310 or if you require any special dietary or accessibility accommodations.


This event will provide CEUs for teachers and administrators. Call 612-625-1310 for questions on CEUs for other professions.


Registration for Saturday Scholars will open in late summer / early fall..


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