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MARESA plans teacher conference

June 13, 2012
By JACKIE STARK - Journal Staff Writer , The Mining Journal

:MARQUETTE - As educators from across the Upper Peninsula are readying their classrooms for another summer vacation, the staff at the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Services Agency are preparing for a four-day conference for teachers.

The 23rd annual Action in Education Summer Institute for Educators is slated to run next Monday through Thursday, offering four keynote speakers and more than 20 courses at Northern Michigan University.

The event is sponsored by MARESA, NMU and the Michigan Education Association.

With a typical attendance of 200 educators, MARESA Associate Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Technology Services Deb Asano said the conference attracts teachers from all across Michigan for the chance to earn continuing education credits or college credit through NMU during the off season.

"(The summer institute offers) professional development and training at a time when they can actually relax and not have to be concerned about preparing for a substitute while they're gone, or missing instructional time with students," Asano said.

Courses range from instruction on learning through play to classroom management and teacher evaluations.

Keynote speakers will cover topics such as teacher accountability and teachers as agents of change.

Asano said the conference also allows educators from other districts to interact, something that isn't always an option in professional development conferences offered during the school year.

"It brings together educators from across many districts," Asano said. "Throughout the year, when professional development is offered, it's offered at the district level. ... People from Ishpeming are (going to be) partnering with people from Gwinn, or people from across the Upper Peninsula."

Asano said there is no deadline for registration and people can even sign up for a course the day it is set to begin.

Costs vary depending on the course taken. For more information on the dates, times and costs of specific courses, visit and click on the Action in Education brochure link provided.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is



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