GARDINER — Educator Mike Muir will keynote the upcoming “S-T-R-E-T-C-H Your Teaching” workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Gardiner Area High School. “Keeping Learning First” is the topic, according to an Alpha Psi news release.

The Learning Through Technology director at the Maine Department of Education since January 2015, Muir encourages educators to consider the kinds of learning experiences that are best for their students and how technology could help achieve those lessons, instead of placing too much focus on the devices and tools themselves.

Muir’s first session, “Motivating Underachieving Student,” will highlight ways teachers can reengage and motivate students.

During the second session, he will present “Microcredentials” in which he will describe what these are and what they have to do with professional development.

The day-long workshop will feature 10 other Maine educators who will present related sessions on other teaching strategies and implementation of effective lessons. Among others, 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year Tamara Ranger will present “The Wonder of Words: Meaningful Vocabulary Instruction for Intermediate Grades.” Maine author Tim Caverly will present the process he uses to write his books “The Allagash Tales.” Autographed copies can be purchased at the workshop.

The statewide workshop features sessions on all areas of curricula, including math, science, social studies, ELA and others and is sponsored by Alpha Psi State, a chapter of DKG International Society of Women Educators. DKG and Alpha Psi support professional development of all educators to help improve classroom instructional practices and strategies that impact students.

Educational vendors, door prizes and 5.5 Continuing Education Credits are available. The registration fee of $40 must be received by Elaine Hendrickson, 66 Lombard St., Presque Isle, ME 04769, by March 8.

For registration forms and more information, contact Elaine Hendrickson, Alpha Psi workshop coordinator, at [email protected] or 551-7706.

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