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February 27, 2015

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen welcomes students to the semi-annual BCF Education Symposium on February 20.

“What you are doing is Kingdom work and is vitally important,” stated Thomas A. Kinchen, President of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, as he welcomed students to the semi-annual BCF Education Symposium February 20. “You are all part of ‘Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®’, one little child at a time.” During the one day event, students enjoyed an informative, hands-on presentation by Janis Johnson, the Florida Standards Training Grant Director at Chipola College. Students were eager to explore the different resources that were provided, especially an online toolbox of information, resource, and interactive tool called CPALMS that help educators to effectively implement teaching standards.

According to the symposium coordinator, BCF Teacher Education Division Chair Susan Wegmann, “This semester’s Education Symposium was a thorough look at the assessment tools that the State of Florida requires in public school settings. Preparing Teacher Candidates is a complex and serious endeavor, so we were happy to provide this opportunity for our students.” In addition to the informative sessions, lunch, and door prizes, monetary stipends were given to participants, funded through the Florida Standards Grant. “We joined teachers and pre-service teachers across the state of Florida, getting the same training and resources that everyone else was afforded,” stated Wegmann. “In all, I was thrilled about the day and the near 100% attendance of our Teacher Candidates.”

Over the past two years, BCF students in the teacher education program have donated or volunteered over 8,434 hours in local schools through teacher education internships, tutoring, and other activities, reaching more than 960 students. Wegmann indicated that the overall economic impact of BCF student teachers activities in the local schools amounts to $64,688.

To learn more about the Education degrees offered through The Baptist College of Florida, call 850.263.3261 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.