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Keynote Speaker: Nicki Patton Rowe

“Designing Effective Adult Instruction that Promotes Skill Development”

Nicki Patton Rowe TES Annual Meeting

Part 1: Thursday, March 9, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Part 2: Thursday March 9, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Teaching is a complex endeavor requiring practitioners to have both deep content knowledge and highly developed teaching skills. In this 2-part presentation, Nicki will present brain-based instructional strategies and technologies you can use to promote skill development for adult learners in your teacher education programs. Along the way, she will:

  • Review how the brain learns
  • Identify the stages of skill development
  • Examine the role teacher reflection plays in skill development
  • Discuss the implications for teacher education
  • Learn instructional strategies that support skill development
  • Explore how technology can be used to support teacher skill development, reflection, and assessment

This is an interactive presentation. We invite you to seat yourself in tables by program level for discussion activities.

Nicki Patton Rowe, MA

Providing technical assistance and training for Early Childhood programs has been Nicki’s passion for more than 25 years. Designing effective instruction that develops both content knowledge and teaching skills and reflects her keen understanding of how adults learn is among her specialties.

Currently an EC consultant and trainer for the Ashland Country Regional Training Center in Kentucky, Nicki is one of Kentucky's master trainers selected to provide ongoing professional development to Kentucky’s credentialed Early Childhood trainers.

As a consultant for the National Center for Collaborative Planning at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute, Nicki has facilitated train-the-trainer seminars for several Montessori groups as well as for other organizations in states countrywide and in Canada. She has also developed training materials for multiple other organizations.

Among the diverse locales that Nicki’s work has taken her to is Baumholder, Germany, where she managed and planned all aspects for the Army’s Family-Child Care Program at the military base in that town.

A majority of Nicki’s current work involves providing training in Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS-R); conducting ECERS observations in public Pre-K and blended Pre-K/Head Start classrooms; and facilitating Kentucky Preschool Early Learning Leadership Networks (ELLN).

Nicki is the former chair of the Early Childhood Task Force and the EC Professional Development Council under Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton (her father). She currently serves on Kentucky’s Early Childhood Advisory Council.

Nicki holds a master’s degree in family studies, 90+ post graduate hours in adult education and staff training, and a Level 5 Kentucky Early Childhood Trainer Credential.

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