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Making What You Do Meaningful

People might not be aware of the demands upon a teacher today to be accountable for the performance of students. But teachers are.

"Teachers know it does not end with teaching content," said Gary Smit, Ed.D., character development trainer and former board of trustees chair. "Really, the goal of education needs to be not only teaching kids to be smart but also good."

Dr. Smit will lead the Educational Summit on Trinity's campus Saturday, October 27, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby. Smit will share strategies with teachers to help make their work meaningful as they seek to make a difference in the lives of their students.

Smit has taught education classes at Trinity as an adjunct instructor and served as a school superintendent for 25 years with previous experience as an elementary school teacher and principal.

Today he conducts teacher in-service programs throughout the United States and is a trainer for character development seminars. He also trains the child and youth services staff from every U.S. Army installation in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. He is the author of chapters in two recent books on character education and speaks at numerous local, state, and national conferences.

Licensed K-12 teachers will receive two free CPDUs by including a license number in their registration. Register online at, or call Kelly Netjes at 708.239.4854.

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