February 12, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's role in preparing teachers for the future will be explored in a forum Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Dr. Frank Rapley, dean of the WMU College of Education, will speak at 7 p.m. at the McKee Alumni Center in Walwood Hall on the University's East Campus. His topic will be "Training the Teachers of the Future."
The forum is the second in an "Issues in Education" series sponsored by the WMU Alumni Association's Education Society. The forums are free and open to the public and are designed to provide discussion and information on pivotal topics in education.
Rapley will present his views on how the college is meeting current needs and preparing for new challenges. His address is expected to include insights on how teaching will likely change as the information age progresses and what will be required of teacher preparation institutions in the future.
Rapley has been in his present position at WMU since 1996. He was superintendent of the Kalamazoo Public Schools from 1982 to 1996.
A question and answer session will follow Rapley's talk. The forum moderator will be Steven Fryling, a member of the Education Society's board of directors and assistant principal at Mattawan Middle School.
The WMU Education Society consists of alumni from WMU's College of Education and is a chapter of the alumni association. The society aims to promote the improvement of education through discussing important issues, promoting legislation supportive of education and working with the College of Education to strengthen teacher training. The society also provides a way for alumni to interact with the College of Education.
For more information, call Karin F. Carl in the College of Education dean's office at (616) 387-2965.
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