Jolita Benson Education Lectures

The 7th Annual Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture will be April 12, 2016.  The speakers are Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager.  The title of the lecture is “A Learning Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement.”

The maker movement is a revolutionary global collaboration of people learning to solve problems with modern tools and technology. The technological game changers of 3d printing, physical computing and computer science require and fuel transformations in the learning environment.

The theme of the day long conference and evening lecture is Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.  9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Check out this PLU feature story about the lecture.

Lecture Information:

  • Location: Regency Room, Anderson University Center, PLU Campus
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. with dessert buffet following the lecture.
  • Free and open to the public (no registration required).

Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez is co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, a book that has been called the “bible of the classroom maker movement.”

Dr. Gary S. Stager is the Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium and is an internationally recognized educator, speaker and consultant.

Previous Lectures

2015: Daniel Willingham earned his B.A. from Duke University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University in 1990. He is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Willingham’s current research concerns the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education. Dr. Willingham is the author of Why Don’t Students Like School?, When Can You Trust the Experts?, and Raising Kids Who Read (forthcoming).

2014: Dr. Milton Chen “Six Edges of Innovation in Education” Dr. Chen shared his thoughts and examples of these six edges including: The Thinking Edge, The Curriculum Edge, The Technology Edge, The Edge of Time and Place, The Co-Teaching Edge, and The Youth Edge. Dr. Chen’s lecture may be viewed here: Clip 1 Clip 2 Clip 3 Clip 4

2013: Dr. David Wicks

2012: Dr. Yong Zhao “Catching Up or Leading the Way” Addressed issues of globalization and technology in a dramatically changing world.  Dr. Zhao addressed questions including: Is education reform in the U.S. headed down the right path?, Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society?, Are education systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim?

2011: Dr. Don Deshler “Moving the Needle on Adolescent Literacy”

About the Benson Chair

In 2009, a gift from the Benson Family Foundation of Portland, Ore., created the Jolita Hylland Benson Endowed Chair in Elementary Education at PLU. The chair position is in honor of Jolita Benson’s tireless work as an educator.  Dale and Jolita Benson, both attended PLU in the early 1960s.

The Benson Chair in Elementary Education is funded through the Benson Family Foundation whose purpose is to involve the Benson children and their families in charitable activities on behalf of supported organizations.

First Endowed Chair Recipient:
Dr. Leon Reisberg

Dr. Leon Reisberg is the first recipient of the Jolita Hylland Benson Endowed Chair in Elementary Education at PLU.  His current research includes the uses of technology with students with reading and other learning disabilities and the state of technology in regional school districts.  Dr. Reisberg is involved in collaborative research projects with other faculty throughout the Department of Instructional Development and Leadership and serves on the board of several community educational organizations.