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Be Compelling!

Union, N.J. --- Kean University will host an in-service workshop for teachers, entitled Be Compelling!, on Friday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Hennings Hall and the Center for Academic Success, located on the university’s campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Teachers and school administrators will learn classroom presentation techniques to establish credibility, be dynamic, and engage students in all subject matter. All teachers will receive four professional development credits. Pre-registration is required.

Due to the emphasis on raising student test scores, teachers’ professional development has typically focused on expanding content knowledge, according to Sandra Bodin-Lerner, an adjunct professor in Kean’s Department of Communication, who coordinated the event. However, she cautioned, this knowledge alone will not result in greater academic success.

“For students to learn the material presented, they must be engaged and consider their teachers credible,” said Bodin-Lerner. “Great educators connect with students, parents and colleagues by motivating them through excellent public speaking and communication skills.”

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast. Bodin-Lerner will then lead the main presentation, focusing on classroom leadership, dynamic classroom presentations and effective visual aids. Participants will then have the opportunity to attend various breakout sessions, consisting of smaller groups in order to explore topics in greater depth and activity. In addition to Bodin-Lerner, sessions will be led by faculty members in Kean’s Department of Communication, including Dr. Christopher Lynch, chair; Dr. Fred Fitch, assistant professor; and Janice Davis, an adjunct professor, as well as Dr. Susan Polirstok, dean of the College of Education.

Bodin-Lerner developed the workshop through a Quality First Initiative grant. These initiatives are chosen by Kean President Dawood Farahi and the University Planning Council, and must serve the university as outreach programs with the surrounding communities.

There is a registration fee of $5 to attend the continental breakfast and the main presentation, and $15 to attend the entire workshop. For further information, please contact Bodin-Lerner at 908-522-0518 or via e-mail at