Haller Says OATE Conference is ‘Extremely Important’

A conference one education official cites as “extremely important” for future teachers will convene on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University Friday, Oct. 6. Partnering with Shawnee Public Schools, OBU will host the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators State Conference in the university’s Geiger Center.

OATE President Marilyn Haller, OBU’s Violet Sturgeon Minton professor of education, sees the conference as a breakthrough opportunity for OBU’s teacher education students.

“Professional development is a major part of our teacher education training, making certain our teacher education majors understand how important it is to stay current and updated in knowledge and technique,” said Dr. Haller. “For the first time, OBU teacher education majors will have the opportunity to take part in a professional conference right on our campus.”

The conference includes 10 state universities with the theme From the Ivory Tower to the Classroom: Taking Theory to Practice.

“We have the opportunity to share information and techniques for training quality ‘pre-service’ teachers,” said Haller. “The conference also offers the opportunity for collaborative research projects.”

Several presentations offered at the conference will be joint projects between universities and education agencies.

“We are a ‘light’ to each other in our endeavors to prepare the future teachers who will much of the time spend more waking hours with the children of tomorrow’s society than their parents will,” she said. “This is an extremely important responsibility.”