Learning Support Region 2 – Expanded Learning Services co-hosted the 8th Annual Professional Learning Institute - “Creating a World of Opportunity” with Chico State University – The Regional & Continuing Education and the College of Natural Sciences. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, a retired veteran and CEO of Educational Services kicked off the event with a passionate and compelling story of being marginalized as a student yet overcoming the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy to living a legacy of saving the youth of America who are living under similar circumstances. The second keynote presenter, Alex Kajitani, the 2009 Teacher of the Year and top authority on teacher leadership spoke of the importance of “engaging” students by providing proven strategies for student success. Alex is also known as the ‘Rappin’ Mathematician and inspired educators to make math cool. Just named “Recommended Reading” by the U.S. Department of Education, Owing It: Proven Strategies for Success in ALL of Your Roles as a Teacher Today,Alex’s latest book, has been praised by education guru Dr. Harry K. Wong, as well as teachers and administrators nationwide.
In addition, thirty-eight workshops were offered with topics ranging from Computer Animation and Game Design to STEM Learning Opportunities to Strategies to Engage English Learner Students and Nutrition workshops. Another favorite happening that is looked forward to each year was the “Unsung Hero” Recognition event. This year eighteen individuals were honored as fellow colleagues and family members cheered. The two-day conference can best be summed up as participants were inspired to begin their year by creating a world of opportunity for their students in mind as they designed their programs once back at home!