The Deseret News and the Utah Jazz are co-sponsoring a teacher-training seminar focusing on sports in the classroom.
The seminar for teachers of students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be Saturday, Feb. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Murray High School, 5440 S. State. It is part of a series offered by the Deseret News Newspaper In Education department.A special panel discussion moderated by Craig Bolerjack, KSL-TV sportscaster, and featuring Utah Jazz assistant coach Gordon Chiesa, Deseret News Sports Editor Lee Benson, Deseret News Jazz beat writer Brad Rock, Weber State University assistant women's basketball coach Anne Handy Jones and Judge Memorial High basketball coach/academic vice principal Jim Yerkovich, will highlight the seminar.
Chiesa will also be the afternoon speaker and will discuss "Motivating Oneself to Motivate Others."
"I hope to help the teachers see that by motivating themselves, they can also motivate their students," Chiesa said. "I think as we try to reach our own potential we are helping others reach theirs because we all have something that others are looking for."
"Some of the most effective basketball coaches are former classroom teachers," Chiesa said. "They have learned to teach with clarity and conviction and how to break things down and teach step by step in orderly fashion."
Mini sessions on sports in the classroom will feature Ellen Jeppson, Davis District; Nancy Andersen, Granite District; and Carolyn Dickson and Sherry Madsen, Deseret Newspaper in Education.
Presentations will also be made by Deseret News staffers Ann Whiting Allen, food editor; Twila Van Leer, education editor; Joseph Bauman, environmental specialist; Carma Wadley, consumer specialist; and Benson.
The $22 registration fee includes all sessions, handouts, lunch and 120 classroom newspapers to order as desired.
Teachers can also earn 1/2 to 1 hour of state district credit, however a follow up project is required. (Extend ed 3-hour session for Salt Lake, Jordan and other interested teachers).
One hour of Weber State University graduate credit is also available for an additional $20.
Those attending will also have a chance to win tickets, pennants, posters, T-shirts, hats and many other prizes.