Education Symposium Returns to Campus Oct. 21–22

ware069_19267_full-1Mary Baldwin University is again hosting its education symposium, “The Challenge of Change: Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century Learner,” Oct. 21–22. After successfully launching the campus’s first education symposium last February, the same group of MBU alumni have volunteered their time and partnered with MBU’s College of Education to put on the conference for 2016–17. Co-organizers Amanda Lynch ’02/’06 and Courtney Leard ’02 have spearheaded planning the programmatic aspects of the conference, while the College of Education has stepped in to provide logistical and promotional support.

The conference is aimed at pre-service educators to help prepare them to enter the classroom and covers topics impacting PK–12 students and teachers. It begins with an optional dinner and networking event on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday participants choose sessions from three track options: socio-emotional topics, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) content area, and the humanities content area.

Presenters are teachers, counselors, professors, and facilitators from Virginia and across the country, and session topics include:

  • Incorporating STEAM Activities into the Classroom
  • Infusing the Arts into the General Education Classroom
  • Trauma 101 for Educators
  • Teaching with the Brain in Mind, and
  • Children’s Lit and Social Emotional Health.

The Education Symposium takes place 6–8 p.m. on Oct. 21 (optional) and 8:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 on the main campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton. The cost is $25/person, which includes dinner and lunch.

For more information, please contact Lori Wall at 540-887-7186 or