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April 25, 2014

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BCF Elementary Education majors Melissa Laxton and Anna Desgalier wore their new BCF Teacher Education Division shirts at the symposium.

The Teacher Education Division at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville hosted its second Education Symposium on Tuesday, April 22, in the R. C. Mills Center on campus.

This semester’s symposium provided an opportunity for BCF students, as well as local teachers and administrators, to obtain professional development in the area of ethics and professionalism. The seminar also afforded an opportunity for education majors to dialogue with teachers already working in the school system.

The Education Symposium featured special guest presenter Marian W. Lambeth, Chief of Professional Practices Services for the Florida Department of Education Office of Professional Practices Services. Lambeth’s presentation focused on the subject of ethical behaviors and situations that teachers face in the classroom. Lambeth shared information about current and past unethical situations that teachers and administrators have engaged in and how those situations could have been handled in an ethical way. After the presentation, the participants attending the symposium broke into groups and were given case studies to evaluate in consideration of the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida.

Guests attending the late afternoon event enjoyed a light meal of potato soup, chicken salad, vegetables, fruit and cookies. Door prizes were awarded which included everything from sticker sets and 2014 Newberry and Caldecott winning books, to stop watches, pocket charts, bulletin board supplies, and other school supply goodies.

Excitedly to note was that in the fall, BCF hosted its first Education Symposium with 25 people in attendance. The number almost doubled at the spring symposium with 43 in attendance, including 7 local teachers and one administrator. BCF Teacher Education Division Chair Susan Wegmann hopes to continue hosting a symposium every semester stating, “We hope to do them each semester and bring in quality people to provide opportunities for learning.”

For more information about BCF and the Teacher Education Division, call 800.328.2660 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.