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NNU to host Khan Academy training Oct. 4 & 5

October 3, 2012, 11:23 am
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NNU, in conjunction with the J.A and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, will host a two- day training session Oct. 4 and 5 for educators, parents and interested community organizations that are passionate about helping fifth – ninth grade students understand math.

Sal Khan, creator of this popular program, was in the Boise Valley in May introducing the Khan Academy during “ED Sessions” held at the Egyption Theater. Prior to the Boise presentation, there were approximately 40,000 users: the numbers increased to over 55,000 following Khan’s presentation.

The Khan academy, which is a free online web tutorial educational website, will train participants in how to effectively use and confidently assist students in this natable program. The training will be held at the NNU Boise Center, 720 Park Blvd., Suite 105, Boise. Training will be provided by the Khan Academy’s School implementation team and is free and open to the public. Professional development credits will also be availiable.

As one local teacher expressed,“As a first-time fifth grade teacher, I am anxious to expand math thinking and instruction in my classroom. Our district is implementing online communication with parents, and it is a perfect time to include online learning for our students. Providing mathematical instruction through technology with an experienced and tech- savvy teacher will benefit our students greatly.”

Dr. Paula Kellerer, dean of the School of Education, Social Work and Counseling, said, “We are excited to be partnering with Albertson and Khan Academy teachers introducing another tool that increases their strategies to meet the needs of their students.”

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is providing this highly sought-after professional development opportunity for free to support the Foundation’s new strategic vision–limitless learning for all Idahoans.

“One way to deliver on that vision is to expand access to world-class programs and methods,” says Jamie MacMillan, executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. “The Khan Academy provides a platform upon which to begin building a different path to success for Idaho students.”


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