Six College of Education faculty and staff attended the Third Pacific Rim Conference on Education held at Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo, Japan on July 7-8, 2012. Illinois State University was a co-host of the conference. In addition to participating at the conference, the ISU delegation visited a Japanese elementary school and attended a board meeting of member institutions.

Dr. Dianne Gardner gave a keynote address, “Teacher Professional Development Policies and Practices in Illinois: Improving Instruction through Collaboration.” The following list outlines Illinois State University presenters and their topics:

Phil Parette, SED, Session Chair and Presenter, “EXPECT IT-PLAN IT-TEACH IT-SOLVE IT: A Technology Integration Framework for 21st Century Early Childhood Education Teachers”

April Mustian, SED, “Reciprocal Peer Tutoring and Computer-Assisted Instruction: How These Strategies Work Together for Students with Disabilities”

Do-Yong Park, C&I “Preservice Elementary Science Teachers’ Conception of Renewable Energy” and “Developing Scientific Literacy Skills of Preservice Elementary Science Teachers through GLOBE Program”

Yojanna Cuenca-Sanchez, & April Mustian, SED, “Teaching Students with Disabilities to Self-Advocate through Persuasive Writing”

Miranda Lin, C&I, Not Just Any Professional Development: The Impact of A Diverse Field Experience on Pre-service Teachers”