The inaugural conference, titled “From Surviving to Thriving: Teaching in the 21st Century,” was designed to help teachers during the first years of instruction.
“The early years of a teaching career can be challenging and new teachers need to be supported as they grow into outstanding educators,” Dr. Janine Schall, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, said. “This conference is one way to do that.”
The 2006 Region I Teachers of the Year spoke about their journey as teachers and local experts shared tips, strategies, and teaching ideas in a variety of breakout sessions. Additionally, participants were able to take part in mock interviews which gave them training in job seeking skills.
More than 120 pre-service teachers who are currently enrolled students in the College of Education and local in-service teachers in their first four years of teaching attended the event.
“We want local educators to know that there is a resource here that they can access and we want our students to know that they are still part of the University even after they graduate,” Schall said. “We want them to be successful and will do everything we can to help them.”
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