Photos from the 2nd annual RtI Forum: Responding to New Standards conference for teachers and education leaders, which Campbell University and Barton College hosted on March 5 in Buies Creek.
Campbell University has had some prominent people in their respective fields visit Buies Creek this academic year for timely lectures and conferences.
There was, for example, Thomas Patterson, the world-renowned Harvard political science professor who spoke on the lessons from the U.S. elections of 2012. Craig Barnes, the new president of the Princeton Theological Seminary, provided current and future pastors with strategies to see, like a poet, “the reality underneath the reality.” Georgetown professor and eminent Muslim expert John Esposito called for a “global sense of pluralism.” An earlier talk featured Rachel Held Evans, author of “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” Sean Foley, who has coached PGA stars Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, gave coaching and playing tips to students in our PGA Golf Management University Program. And coming up, on April 11, we’ll have Mark Kitchell, the director of the Sundance documentary “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet.”
Our faculty and staff also have been organizing major conferences that are drawing experts to campus and that help support one of Campbell’s purposes to be of service to people in its local community and across the state. A recent conference that serves as an example of this — and that’s captured in the photos above — was the 2nd Annual RtI Forum: Responding to New Standards,” which Campbell University’s School of Education and Barton College hosted on March 5 at Campbell.
The full-day conference featured a total of 29 presentations broken into four sessions. All the presentation topics related to “response to intervention,” or RtI, such as “The Changing K-12 Landscape: Implications for Educator Preparation Programs,” “Flipping the Mathematics Classroom,” and “A Busy Teacher’s Guide to getting Organized with RtI!”
Presenters included consultants and staff with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and RtI specialists and leaders from numerous schools districts, including Johnston, Duplin and Harnett counties and Chapel Hill/Carrboro and Durham.
Angela Hinson-Quick and Marie Pitre-Martin, both of the NCDPI, delivered the keynote address. They explained how the state is incorporating the initiatives related to the integrative process that NCDPI is developing based on Dean Fixen’s “Implementation Science.”
Hundreds of K-12 teachers from across the region, as well as principals, school system staff, academics, and personnel with the NCDPI, attended the conference.
Information and photos about the RtI conference were submitted by Chris Godwin, director of teacher education at Campbell.