Jolita Benson Education Lecture

Looking in the mirror

How do we improve STEM teaching and learning in K-12?

The ninth annual Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16 in the Regency Room of the Anderson University Center.

This year’s speaker will be Kirk Robbins. His lectures is titled “Looking in the Mirror: How Do We Improve STEM Teaching and Learning in K-12?”

In this interactive lecture, science education presenter Kirk Robbins will guide participants through a learning experience to consider each individual’s role in improving the learning of science in the K-12 education system. Participants will uncover and share their personal “science stories” and use those stories to define the K-12 system of science education both in and outside of school. Participants will uncover and share their personal “science stories” and use those stories to define the K-12 system of science education both in and outside of school. Participants will then use an equity and diversity lens to identify opportunities to change and disrupt the K-12 science education system in order to maximize student learning outcomes for students.

Robbins is a science education consultant and adjunct lecturer (University of Washington, Western Washington University, Central Washington University) in the Puget Sound Region. Robbins has a background as a lab technician with a degree in molecular biology and extensive experience in many levels of the education system. He has worked as a classroom teacher, regional science coordinator, district office science coordinator, supervisor of student interns, consultant, instructional coach, and advocate for science education reform.

Robbins shares science education resources through his blog, teachscience4all.org and he has developed a reputation as an engaging and effective presenter and professional development provider. Robbins is currently partnering with multiple school districts, Educational Service Districts, Pacific Education Institute, and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative to assist with implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Kirk Robbins, 2018 Jolita Benson Education Lecturer
Kirk Robbins, the speaker for the 2018 Jolita Benson Education Lecture.
Event Details:

Speaker: Kirk Robbins
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Monday, April 16
Place: Regency Room, Anderson University Center
Free and open to the public

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Registration will be available by March 19.

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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.

Six Edges of Innovation in Education

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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Zhao, addressed issues of globalization and technology in a dramatically changing world. He addressed questions including:

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  • Are education systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim?

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Jolita Hylland Benson Endowed Chair in Elementary Education

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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. 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.