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Southern Region Conference promotes various kinds of education

Annual conference highlights the importance of urban education, working with ESL students and special education.

Julia Snyder 

Associate News Editor 

Millersville University hosted the annual Pennsylvania State Education Association conference for the Southern Region chapter Feb. 7. The theme of the conference was “Diversity in the Classroom.”

Two Millersville University professors, William Himmele and Tim Mahoney, led workshops at the conference. Himmele’s presentation focused on the topic of “Working with English Language Learners.” Mahoney lead the workshop “Urban Education.” The final workshop focused on special education, and was presented by Everett Deiblerand and Chris Deller.

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About seventy people attended the conference, which was held in Stayer Hall.

The conference started in Stayer Hall and went to Wickersham Elementary, Photo courtesy of Julia Snyder.
The conference started in Stayer Hall and went to Wickersham Elementary, Photo courtesy of Julia Snyder.

The conference was followed by an outreach program, which took place at Wickersham Elementary school. Approximately forty of those who attended the conference traveled to the elementary school to roll up their sleeves and give the 88-year-old building a makeover.

“I am super thrilled to have so many future educators in the building,” said Wickersham Elementary Principal Ashley Mercado.

Volunteers painted murals and canvases to be hung around various rooms in the school. They also used paint to create a green room, which students will be able to use to film their own creative video projects.  The murals were featured in high-traffic areas such as the cafeteria, the entrance to the preschool room and the art room. Inspirational canvases were also painted and hung in the teacher restrooms.

“It will communicate an environment that is warm and friendly, where we have high expectations and we care about school and we take pride in our work,” said Mercado. “We pride ourselves in being a family… This is our home away from home.”