Monday, January 11, 2010
SC State’s Office of Student Affairs is proud to present the Praxis Series Assessments (PSA) and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Workshop sessions. The workshops will take place in the K.W. Green Student Center’s Bulldog Lounge located on the campus of SC State University. The sessions will take place on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010; Friday, Dec, 17, 2010; and Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are currently 40 available seats.
The PSA provides tests and other services that states use as a part of their teaching licensing certification process. Praxis I measures basic academic skills; Praxis II measures general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills. It is designed to improve test-taking skills, increase reading speed, enhance reading comprehension, reduce test-taking anxiety, and increase knowledge of content area. It also measures teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills.
PLT is designed to access a beginning teacher’s knowledge of a variety of job-related criteria. Such knowledge is typically obtained in undergraduate preparation in areas such as educational psychology, human growth and development, classroom management, instructional design and delivery techniques, evaluation and assessment and other professional development.
The workshops will be conducted by Dr. Charles W. Hatch, president of CWH Consulting Company in Newberry, S.C. Hatch is currently acting as a visiting professor for the Department of Education at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. His main objective is to help educate students and prepare them for Praxis I and Praxis II exams. Hatch has led praxis tutoring for more than 28 years.
Along with PSA and PLT, Hatch is also a workshop leader in test preparation for the National Teachers Exam (NTE), Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Testing (ACT) and South Carolina Exit Exams. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Evidence Based Decision Making in Education (EDIE) since 2003 and president since March 2007. This institute is a publisher of specialized educational works. Hatch has also conducted workshops for the Praxis in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.
In addition, Hatch has taught English and social studies classes for grades seven through 12. He has also taught undergraduate courses in statistics at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., and in computers at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. Additionally, He has taught graduate courses in research, measurement, statistics and microcomputers at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Hatch is also a co-author of the Educators' Handbook on Effective Testing, which was published in 2003. Hatch's academic credentials include obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina.
“It is important for all students, especially seniors, to take advantage of the resources that we have available on campus such as the Career Center, testing centers and the Self Development and Counseling Department here,” said Dr. Charles N. Smith, vice president for Student Affairs. “These resources are designed to equip our students with added skills and knowledge to be able to provide the highest level of service to the students who they will teach, understanding that an excellent education is the key to a productive future,” Smith continued.
All workshop payments may be made in cash, money order, cashier’s check, or mailed to the Office of Student Life and Leadership, Praxis Workshop, 300 College Avenue, Orangeburg, S.C. 29117. Walk-ins are welcome but these individuals must pay cash or money order on the first session. SC State University students may register for only one session for $150. Other workshop participants may pay $175. SC State students may register for all three sessions for $250, and other workshop participants may register for $280. Students who reside off campus may make payments to the Office of Student Life and Leadership in the K.W. Green Student Center, room 100. All payments must be made with the registration form attached. In addition, all participants that follow the workshop format and attend all meetings but do not pass the January 15, 2011 Praxis, will be rewarded a $140 refund following the workshop.
For additional information about the PSA or PLT, contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at (803) 536-7057.