New College of Education gathers at Alaska's Challenger Center

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Mary Snyder is Dean of the new College of Education at UAA, and recently she brought over 50 faculty and staff to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai for a unique experience in working together, "Our new college of education has only been organized for about a year, and this is the first time they've had a permanent Dean, and the first time we've really worked together. That means a lot of challenges ahead of us, so I thought this would be a good experience for us to get to know each other better and learn more about how we can work together," said Snyder, who moved to Alaska just seven weeks ago.

Snyder also felt that working with teacher educators made it important for her faculty to become familiar with the facilities available to teachers in Alaska. "It was very advantage to be away from campus at a place where we would be free from our usual interruptions and distractions at school," added Snyder.


Educators and staff from the new college of Education at UAA experience teamwork challenges at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

In addition to having fun while learning better communications skills and team building, which were the primary goals for the session, Snyder also planned to spend part of the day dealing with issues of accreditation for the college of education, as well as others in house keeping activities to help her team all start off on the same page.

"Everyone really is having entirely too much fun today. We're really enjoying it and I've gotten many positive remarks back already about how profitable this experience has been for our team," added Snyder.

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