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WWU to host Kagen teacher opportunity

WWU to host Kagen teacher opportunity

November 28th, 2018 by Special to the Fulton Sun in Local News

A Nov. 2018 snowfall at William Woods University in Fulton.


Current and practicing teachers in mid-Missouri can attend a regional training hosted by Kagan Cooperative Learning next year.

William Woods University will be hosting the innovative training program, which has benefitted generations of elementary, secondary and college educational professionals. The program will be next July on the WWU campus in Fulton.

This marks the first time Kagan's training program will be presented as a regional academy in central Missouri, allowing local teachers to learn techniques designed to increase student participation and engagement during class time.

Kagan Cooperative Learning is a company founded in the early 1970s by Spencer Kagan, an educational researcher and teacher whose goal was to increase student participation and engagement during class time. Kagan developed Cooperative Learning structures that was based on his research, and the training that resulted has been taught to educators across the nation for more than 40 years.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to host the Kagan Cooperative Learning training program at William Woods during 2019, a program that has been training teachers across the country for more than 40 years," said Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University. "Being the first college or school to host the training in mid-Missouri is another plus for our outstanding education department, which has been making its mark on Missouri for years through the prevalence of our alumni serving in leadership positions is school districts across the state."

Tim Hanrahan, associate dean of Faculty Development at WWU, has served as an associate trainer of the program and has helped instruct at training around the nation.

"This training is great because it allows attendants to see how other schools and cultures work," said Hanrahan. "The workshop we will host will allow teachers to learn these skills and begin to practice them in the classroom."

The Kagan Cooperative Learning Days 1-5 Institute at William Woods is scheduled for July 22-26 and will be open to all currently practicing and future teachers.

For information on registering for the training, go to: https://bit.ly/2Q5hT2I.