The Kansas Center for Innovative Education at Fort Hays State University, is offering several innovative workshops throughout the summer to assist western Kansas educators.
KCIE, housed in the FHSU College of Education and Technology, is a resource center that offers instruction to school districts, school staff, individuals or business and industry. The workshops, seminars and graduate courses are offered at the client’s location, in Hays or virtually.
The idea stemmed from Robert Scott, dean of the College of Education and Technology, with former Provost Larry Gould. In response to FHSU’s Red Balloon initiatives, Scott said he wanted to create an avenue where the varied and tremendous talents of the COET faculty could be shared with the local and broader community.
“The Red Balloon Project inspired a strategy of looking at new ways of doing old things,” Scott said. “I see this model as placing the College of Education and Technology at the forefront of new-age thinking by embracing this unit-specific model of professional development and growth.”
Lorie Cook-Benjamin, assistant professor of teacher education and KCIE director, created a KCIE Advisory Board to assist as a sounding board to develop the mission, goals and offerings.
“KCIE offerings build upon faculty members’ unique research and educational expertise,” Cook-Benjamin said. “By doing this, duplication of current educational offerings are avoided and faculty talents are emphasized.”
KCIE assists educators by offering graduate credit courses for teacher recertification, school and district workshops, seminars, educational consulting, grant facilitation, and the most up-to-date instructional delivery methods.
A complete list of workshops KCIE is offering are as follows.