Title

Pre-Conference Institute of African-American Children and Families

Presentation Type

Pre-Conference Activity

Abstract

Pre-Conference Facilitator

Sandra E. Staton is a retired Educator/Administrator with 33 years of experience. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States as an Air Force wife and mother. Her travels have taken her to N.C., S.C., TX., AZ., Germany, Belgium and finally Oklahoma, where she settled to raise her family. She worked as a Speech Pathologist for 18 years in various states and districts. Her final work place was at Little Axe School District, a rural district outside of Norman, Oklahoma. She was the district’s Speech Pathologist, Special Education Director, Title I Coordinator, Evaluation Trainer, District Professional Development Coordinator as well as the assistant principal before becoming the principal for 15 years. As the elementary principal (PreK-5th), she supervised a staff of 65 teachers and para-professionals who educated 750 students. She provides an in-depth viewpoint for helping children of military families.

Ms. Staton introduced professional learning communities (PLC’s) to her staff and facilitated weekly meetings between grade levels. She also introduced assessments for reading and math to allow teachers to individualize instruction. She encouraged her staff to support the belief that "all children can learn" and provided opportunities for growth through focused professional development.

Ms. Staton maintained a close relationship with parents, while providing opportunities for them to meet with teachers, volunteer in classrooms and attend training sessions to improve parent/teacher communication. She was able to bridge connections between teachers and parents of rural areaswhose educational experiences were often disrupted.

Ms. Staton has a BS degree in Speech Pathology from South Carolina State University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma. She enjoys reading, traveling and teaching Middle School-High School girls in Sunday School. She recently attended an introductory meeting for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a national association that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children.

Start Date

23-2-2017 5:00 PM

End Date

23-2-2017 9:00 PM

Event Host

College of Education, University of Northern Iowa

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Pre-Conference Institute of African-American Children and Families

Pre-Conference Facilitator

Sandra E. Staton is a retired Educator/Administrator with 33 years of experience. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States as an Air Force wife and mother. Her travels have taken her to N.C., S.C., TX., AZ., Germany, Belgium and finally Oklahoma, where she settled to raise her family. She worked as a Speech Pathologist for 18 years in various states and districts. Her final work place was at Little Axe School District, a rural district outside of Norman, Oklahoma. She was the district’s Speech Pathologist, Special Education Director, Title I Coordinator, Evaluation Trainer, District Professional Development Coordinator as well as the assistant principal before becoming the principal for 15 years. As the elementary principal (PreK-5th), she supervised a staff of 65 teachers and para-professionals who educated 750 students. She provides an in-depth viewpoint for helping children of military families.

Ms. Staton introduced professional learning communities (PLC’s) to her staff and facilitated weekly meetings between grade levels. She also introduced assessments for reading and math to allow teachers to individualize instruction. She encouraged her staff to support the belief that "all children can learn" and provided opportunities for growth through focused professional development.

Ms. Staton maintained a close relationship with parents, while providing opportunities for them to meet with teachers, volunteer in classrooms and attend training sessions to improve parent/teacher communication. She was able to bridge connections between teachers and parents of rural areaswhose educational experiences were often disrupted.

Ms. Staton has a BS degree in Speech Pathology from South Carolina State University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma. She enjoys reading, traveling and teaching Middle School-High School girls in Sunday School. She recently attended an introductory meeting for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a national association that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children.