The UNM College of Education has announced Dr. Nel Noddings as the keynote speaker for its 14th annual CoE Colloquium. Noddings is renowned for her work with ethics of care in education. Noddings will share her keynote speech, "Teaching in the 21st Century," at the 14th Annual COE Colloquium keynote dinner, on March 31, 2011.

She is an advocate for care and developing relationships in schools, as an educational goal, as well as a means to achieve educational goals. More broadly, Dr. Noddings has also contributed to the field of educational theory.

Noddings is currently Stanford University's Jacks Professor Emeriti of Child Education, holding the John. W. Porter Chair in Urban Education at Eastern Michigan University. She studied mathematics at Montclair State College as an undergraduate, and then spent over 20 years as a K-12 teacher and administrator. She's also earned a master's degree in mathematics from Rutgers University and her doctorate in educational philosophy from Stanford University.

Each year during spring semester the College of Education sponsors a colloquium, or "mini-conference," where graduate students present their research, practice, and creative works to their peers, faculty members and others in the university community. The colloquium is an opportunity for students to share their work and receive feedback in a highly supportive environment.

The Graduate Student Colloquium includes participation by students in all six departments in the College who present their work in a variety of formats, including individual paper presentations, group presentations, panels, roundtables, and poster sessions. Projects at any stage (e.g., conceptual, in-progress, or completed) are welcome.

The colloquium consists of a series of concurrent, break-out sessions followed by a buffet dinner and keynote speaker. Past keynote speakers include James Paul Gee (2010), Patricia Hill Collins (2009), Manulani Aluli Meyer (2008), Yvonna Lincoln (2007) and Bob Donmoyer (2006).

The Graduate Student Colloquium, which brings together students and faculty, is just one of the ways in which the College of Education celebrates the scholarship of its students and supports their academic and professional development.

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