Master Teacher Series features international consultants, authors & educators Donnie Veasey | June 10, 2013 (DENVER) – An initiative designed to serve teachers in Colorado and provide affordable professional growth opportunities begins June 11-12 when Regis University’s School of Education and Counseling (SEC) and the Regis College Master of Arts in Education (MAE) launch The Master Teacher Series: Regis University in Service of Teachers. The series features presentations by international consultants, authors and educators Richard Cash and Ellin Keene. SEC, one of four schools in the University’s College for Professional Studies (CPS), will sponsor Cash’s presentation titled “Advancing Differentiations: Thinking and Learning in the 21st Century’ slated for June 11-12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Regis University’s Clarke Hall atrium. MAE is sponsoring Keene’s presentation titled “Reimagining Teacher Leadership” July 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mountain View Room of Regis University’s St. Peter Claver, S.J. Hall. Breakout sessions will follow the keynote. “At Regis University we understand the tremendous pressures that teachers are under,” said Janna Oakes, dean of the SEC, while discussing the reasons for initiating the series. “Calls for increased public accountability in the schools, the substantial weight of learner performance on standardized tests, differentiating curricula to meet the needs of a diverse group of students, and doing the best for students with limited fiscal resources keep good teachers on their toes. “We want to provide these students with professional development on timely topics that impact classrooms today.” Kathy Nutting, director of the MAE in Regis College, one of three colleges at Regis University, emphasizes that “Now more than ever, there is a need to expand the expertise that teachers hold so they are ready to serve in a variety of leadership roles to address the needs of students, schools and the teaching profession. As educators address new reform measures, teacher leaders will be a catalyst for making change happen while playing a pivotal role in increasing student achievement. These two workshops in the Master Teacher Series provide quality learning opportunities about topics of high relevance to professional learning communities.” Both workshops offer Colorado Department of Education recertification credit for licensure renewal. The July 11 workshop may also be taken for Regis University Graduate credit with additional tuition applied. The June 11-12 workshop fee is $75 and includes coffee, lunch and materials. The July 11 workshop fee is $50, includes breakfast, lunch, materials and networking reception. Graduate credit with applied tuition is available for those who pre-register for this workshop by June 7. For more information or to register visit http://ep.regis.edu/2013-Master-Teacher-Events.