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Back to School Experts: assessment, math, shopping, anxiety

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Queen's University experts are available for comment on:

Classroom assessment and how it supports student learning — Christopher Deluca

"Assessment has become a central part of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools. Unlike schooling from years ago, classroom assessment is now far more than just testing," says Dr. DeLuca. "Teachers are beginning to integrate the power of assessment to support student learning. Integration of high-quality teacher and peer feedback, sharing of learning goals and success criteria, and structured self-assessments, make students more accountable and aware of their learning. Building positive classroom learning cultures that leverage assessment tasks have been shown to positively support achievement."

Helping children with math — Lynda Colgan

Queen's University education expert Lynda Colgan can comment on parents getting involved in their children'™s education - specifically how to teach your children math. Her goal is to help parents, grandparents and caregivers to recognize and value the different types of mathematics, support math learning at home and install a love of math.

Please note Dr. Colgan is unavailable for interviews Wednesday, August 27.

Back to school branding/shopping/back to school commercials — Tandy Thomas

For many students, back to school time means back to school shopping. Queen's School of Business Professor Tandy Thomas is available to talk about the branding, marketing and commercials that surround the concept of going back to school.

Separation anxiety — Mike Condra

Mike Condra, director of the Queen's University Health Counselling and Disability Services, is available to comment on parental anxiety after their child leaves home, often for the first time. He can discuss the many challenges associated with a child moving away including dealing with the sense of loss, expectations for their children and how university has changed since they attended. Dr. Condra can also comment on the first day at school.

To arrange an interview, please contact:

  • Communication Officer Rosie Hales: 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca, or
  • Communication Officer Anne Craig: 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca 

    Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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