UHV to host educational mini conference

Teachers and aspiring teachers can learn about innovative ways to teach literacy, math, science history and technology at the all-day Multidiscipline Mini Conference on March 5 at the University of Houston-Victoria.

Barba Patton
Barba Patton

The program, organized by the UHV School of Education & Human Development, will feature university students and area experts sharing their knowledge in a series of sessions.

“Teachers need to be students every so often to be the best educators they can be,” said Barba Patton, a UHV education professor and co-organizer of the conference.

Subjects will include innovative ways to teach math concepts, local history to bring lessons of the past home to students, and ways to make the laboratory an exciting place for young minds.

Dennis Riedesel
Dennis Riedesel

“This conference will be especially useful to anyone who teaches math, since many of the presentations will be in that subject area,” said Dennis Riedesel, a UHV education associate professor and the conference’s other organizer.

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The conference is expected to end at about 3:30 p.m.

The conference costs $40 for educators and the general public, $15 for UHV students and $10 for current members of the Texas Computer Education Association. The cost includes lunch with guest speaker Mary Alice Hatchett, director of publications for the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics and an Austin-based math consultant.

The event is being sponsored by UHV, the Region III Education Service Center, Texas Computer Education Association and the Victoria County Historical Commission.

To register, visit and purchase a seat at the conference.

For more information, contact Riedesel at 361-676-2208 or, or Patton at

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342