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September 17, 2008 > Hear about the latest trends in 21st century education, meet A's Legend Rickey Henderson

Hear about the latest trends in 21st century education, meet A's Legend Rickey Henderson

Submitted By Nina Moore

The Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Cisco, and the Oakland A's are teaming up for the first annual "Home Run for Education" fair, to be held on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at John F. Kennedy High School, 39999 Blacow Road, Fremont.

Dr. Peg Maddocks of Cisco's Global Education group will discuss Internet safety tips, children's web sites and teaching tools for 21st Century learning. She recently led a team that evaluated software for the "21st Century Schools Initiative," a three-year program to rebuild and improve schools impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Maddocks spent a year in Mississippi and Louisiana providing school districts with expertise in curriculum development, e-learning, and the use of technology.

In addition to the Cisco presentations, the event will include demonstrations from Fremont teachers on digital tools to engage students in a 21st Century learning environment, and Chamber member organizations in the education field will host information booths.

The fair will also offer an opportunity for autographs and photos with A's baseball legend Rickey Henderson and the team mascot, Stomper, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. In addition, A's owner Lew Wolff, club co-owner Keith Wolff, and President Mike Crowley will be on hand.

Proceeds from the sale of lunches - donated in part by the Outback Steakhouse - will benefit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce Dollars for Scholars program, which awards scholarships to students in Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Sunol and Union City who plan to pursue postsecondary education.

"Dollars for Scholars is thrilled to be participating in the "Home Run for Education" event," said Elise Balgley, president of the Chamber's Dollars for Scholars program. "The monetary benefit and exposure that Dollars for Scholars receives from this event will help us achieve our mission of helping deserving students pursue their educational goals."

"We are honored to partner with Cisco and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce Dollars for Scholars program," said Lew Wolff. "We are grateful to Cisco, the Chamber, and the school district administrators and teachers who have volunteered time and energy to make this event a sure success," Wolff added.

"We are truly passionate about Education at Cisco. Our goal is to help families and educators leverage technologies like those to be presented at the event to prepare children to lead happy and productive lives," said David Holland, Senior Vice President, Cisco. "We believe our networked approach to learning can help boost the success of both teachers and students - which will further strengthen the Fremont community."

Education technology sessions:

Session A: 10:15-10:45, 11:45 - 12:15
For Fremont Parents: Equipping Your Children to Be 21st Century Learners

In this interactive presentation, Dr. Peg Maddocks from Cisco will provide an overview of 21st century skills, internet safety tips, and great websites for families and kids!

Session B: 11:00 -11:30, 12:30 - 1:00
For Fremont Teachers: Tools for the 21st Century Learning Environment

Dr. Peg Maddocks from Cisco and Nima Tavakoli from Webex, a Cisco company, will present a model for 21st Century education and demonstrate tools that teachers and administrators can use to make their classrooms and professional development more engaging.

Session C: 10:15 - 10:45, 11:00 - 11:30, 11:45 - 12:15, 12:30 - 1:00
For Fremont Teachers: Powering Up Your Classroom for the 21st Century Learner

Learn how you can create exciting and interactive experiences for today's "web-savvy, plugged-in" learners. Fremont public school teachers will demonstrate digital tools to engage students in a 21st century learning environment.

Home Run for Education
Saturday, Sept 20
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
John F. Kennedy High School
39999 Blacow Road, Fremont
(510) 795-2244 ext. 107

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