Pearls and Perils Annual Conference

Justin Reich

This year's Pearls & Perils Teaching Conference will be held on Friday, May 16 from 8 am – 2:30 pm on Central Campus.


Pearls & Perils is an all-day conference that focuses on teaching and learning issues. Sponsored by the Council on Teaching & Learning, the conference reflects the council's commitment to recognizing and fostering excellence in teaching at Salem State University.


The keynote address will be given by Justin Reich of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and he is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher. The title of his talk is “Teaching as Scholarship: Exploring Classroom Practices to Promote Instructional Improvement.” He will also give a workshop entitled “Media and Time: Using Emerging Technologies to Flip Teaching and Learning Practices.”


This year’s conference will feature three distinct session types:


  • Presentations (20 minutes): provide an introduction to a teaching technique or learning strategy. Presentations will be clustered by theme (three in each session).
  • Roundtables (60 minutes): give facilitators a chance to quickly present background information on a topic and engage participants in a discussion similar to a focus group. 
  • Hands-on Workshops (90 minutes): present a new technology or teaching technique and give participants at least 45 minutes of hands-on activity applying the tool/technique to their own teaching.