Samford University The BelltowerJuly 2004

Samford Education Team Presents Workshops in Lebanon

"...Teachers in Lebanon have degrees in their subject fields, but have little access to teacher training workshops, such as those offered to American teachers..."

A team from Samford University’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies presented workshops on “Optimizing Student Learning” in Beirut, Lebanon, the week of June 28.

Education Dean Ruth Ash and Professors Carol Dean, David Finn and John Harris presented 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, was 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 presented programs on strategies that promote achievement, including helping students to become more analytical and less dependent on rote memorization. The team also emphasized developing problem-solving skills and how to understand and implement change.

The Beirut Baptist School, open to all faiths, 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.

Samford President Thomas E. Corts traveled with the team for two speaking engagements in connection with the workshops. Dr. Corts spoke at the close of the workshop and presented certificates to an estimated 160 participants. The president also was expected to address the graduation of the Beirut Baptist School July 5.

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