CSCC to host P-16 Summer Summit
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Cleveland State Community College will be hosting the 4th annual P-16 Summer Summit on Teaching with Technology on Wednesday.

This conference is open to teachers, principals, supervisors, and all interested parties throughout the state.

Tennessee Academy of School Leaders credit will be awarded to requesting participants, and participation hours will apply to license renewal for teachers.

“Ever since its inception, I have wanted to bring to the P-16 Summer Summit dynamic speakers who will both challenge and excite educators to use technology in the most educationally engaging ways,” stated Dr. Ron Paige, director for Instructional Technology. “It took us four years to reach that plateau, but we finally did it for this year. And these are not run-of-the-mill speakers; I have seen and been overwhelmingly impressed by both of our keynote speakers this year.”

The Summit will feature two keynote speakers — Corinne Hoisington and Rushton Hurley. Corinne Hoisington is a full-time professor of information systems technology at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Va., with over 25 years of teaching experience. She speaks to college and university professors and K-12 venues across the country and for such customers as the Microsoft Corporation, Cengage Learning, and many other universities and K-12 groups.

Hoisington is the recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Computer Programming award. She presently has written more than a dozen books with the Shelly Cashman series and video series such as the “The Guided Tour of Hot Technologies, version 3.”

Also a keynote speaker this year is Rushton Hurley. Hurley is the lead speaker and trainer for Next Vista for Learning.

Hurley has been a Japanese language teacher, principal of an online high school, a teacher trainer, an educational technology researcher, and a school reform consultant.

He is also the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students.

His graduate research at Stanford University included using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role playing scenarios for developing language skills. In the 1990s his work with teenagers at a high school in California led him to begin using internet and video technologies to make learning more active, helping him reach students who had struggled under more traditional approaches.

Rushton has trained teachers and other professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia, presenting at regional and national conferences. His talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, as well as professional perspectives in a changing world.

Paige stated, “We have always had a few nice door prizes for the P-16 Summer Summit, but nothing like what we will be giving away this year. I cannot thank our partners at Dell enough for their fantastic donation of a S500wi fully interactive projector. This is a $1,600 unit that allows a teacher to interact with the content being presented without the need for a special board. The projector will be given away to an individual for his or her school at the special end-of event drawing.”

Registration will continue through Monday at the $40 rate. Payment at the door is $60 per person. To find out more or to register for the 4th annual P-16 Summer Summit on Teaching with Technology, visit

The Cleveland State P-16 Teaching with Technology Professional Development event is sponsored by Dell, Doceri, Desire2Learn, Cengage Learning, Pathbrite, PCS and Smarthinking.