Teachers Learn to Spot Gang Symbols at TTU's Fall Education Conference

As the number of Middle Tennessee young people involved in gang-related activities climbs, local teachers need the proper training to recognize the signs and symbols of gang membership.

Midstate teachers will learn about gang activities in the Upper Cumberland and other current issues facing educators during the 52nd annual Fall Education Conference at Tennessee Technological University this Tuesday, August 5.

The conference is free and open to all K-12 teachers in the region; pre-registration is not required. Throughout the day, conference-goers can choose between taking two of 10 short sessions for inservice credit or attend one of two day-long sessions for college credit.

The short sessions address the topics of schools to career, block schedule teaching, gang signs and symbols, childrens' literature review, beginning teacher support systems, inclusion strategies, effective home-room programs, holistic scoring, accelerated reading and Reading Rainbow math. For a more in-depth learning experience, participants can choose between a day-long session on authentic assessment techniques and one on teaching strategies for a 21st Century classroom.

Classes are led by Tennessee Tech faculty, area education administrators and faculty, educational service directors and regional law enforcement officials. Tennessee Tech's College of Education and Office of Extended Education, the Cookeville Area Chamber of Commerce and the state Department of Education's Upper Cumberland office sponsor the event.

The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with varied session times. Vendors will be on hand with books and educational materials of interest to the participants. For more information and a detailed schedule, call Tennessee Tech's Division of Extended Education at 615-372-3394.