Bethany Faculty Chosen to Present at International Education Conference 

BETHANY, W.Va. – Three Bethany College faculty members have been chosen to present a workshop at the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. They will present their research, data and videos from Invasion Days, which invite local elementary school students to “invade” Bethany’s campus for a day and learn from Bethany education majors.

Dr. Sherri Theaker, Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department, will present the workshop with Angela Icard, Assistant Professor of Reading Education, and Dr. Edward Shephard, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. The group was chosen through a peer-review process.

The conference will take place Jan. 3 to 6, 2016, in Honolulu, and will provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various education-related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. More than 1,300 education professionals from 36 countries attended last year’s conference.

invasionday.jpgDuring the workshop, the faculty members will explain the collaboration with student teachers and local schools. “We will present data, including pre- and post-tests with our student teachers on their thoughts on collaborative co-teaching practices,” Theaker said. They will also explain the benefit Invasion Days provide local teachers, Theaker said, because they are able to observe the best practices that are evolving in the ever-changing field of education.

The fourth Invasion Day will take place this November, with Wellsburg Middle School students coming to Bethany’s campus for a “science invasion.” Bethany’s student teachers will teach using various hands-on activities as learning tools. Past activities have included building volcano models and creating vessels for egg drops. Last semester, as part of a Civil War Invasion Day, Center McMechen Elementary students toured Bethany’s historic campus to see how it was affected by the war.

“It’s exciting to get Bethany College and the Education Department recognized on an international level,” Theaker said. "An advantage of this exposure is that it gives parents, as stakeholders in their child's education, confidence in knowing that faculty within the Education Department at Bethany are presenting research based practices to peers at the international level."

The three faculty members plan to publish an article on their research.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.