A team from Samford University’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
and Professional Studies will present workshops on “Optimizing Student
Learning” in Beirut, Lebanon, the week of June 28.
Samford President Thomas E. Corts will travel with the team for two speaking
engagements in connection with the workshops. Dr. Corts will speak at the
close of the workshop and present certificates to an estimated 160 participants.
He also will address the graduation of the Beirut Baptist School July 5.
Education Dean Ruth Ash and Professors Carol Dean, David Finn and John Harris
will present workshops to K-through-6 teachers of Beirut Baptist School and
Amman Baptist School in lesson-planning, student interactions and creative
learning styles. Samford student Rebecca Smith, an international relations
major, is also part of the team.
Teachers in Lebanon have degrees in their subject fields, but have little
access to teacher training workshops such as those offered to American teachers.
The Samford team will present programs on strategies that promote achievement
such as helping students to become more analytical and less dependent on rote
memorization. The team will also emphasize developing problem-solving skills
and how to understand and implement change.
The Beirut Baptist School, with about 1,200 students, has the highest rate
of students passing the exit exam of any school in Lebanon. Approximately
90 percent of the students are Muslim, but they attend the private, Christian
school because of the high quality of its education programs. The school is
open to all faiths.