From the President

HED News!

Beck Halliday

Thank you all for contributing to a great conference at our new location in Birmingham! This event is always energizing and informative, and this year was no exception. The HED invited presenters from across the state, most of whom were able to come despite the icy weather to the south. In those sessions, we gained insight into topics such as EdTPA, non-traditional pedagogy, Universal Design, the 2017 Alabama Course of Studies, and social media marketing. Our music teacher educator roundtable highlighted topics related to the Praxis exams, the new Alabama Course of Studies, and culturally responsive pedagogy. In addition, the HED recital featured students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Montevallo. At the HED luncheon, we elected a new slate of officers: Mildred Lanier, President; Michael Zelenak, Secretary/Treasurer; and Katrina Phillips, President-Elect. In addition, the HED and the Collegiate Division hosted a combined mixture for the second year, allowing students and faculty the opportunity to interact in a more relaxed setting. Moving forward, we hope that this collaboration between divisions will continue to grow as we explore our concurrent interests. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns about the happenings of the Higher Education Division. With that said, I wish you a wonderful spring semester!