UNC Hosts Free Event to Inspire Future Teachers in Colorado

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High school and community college students interested in a career in teaching have the opportunity to hear from professional educators and gain valuable knowledge about the field at a free two-day event next month at the University of Northern Colorado.

UNC is hosting its seventh annual Future Teachers Conference in conjunction with the Colorado Center for Rural Education (CEMR) 2022 Rural Future Teachers Summit, February 17-18. The two-day event is an opportunity for future teachers to gain first-hand knowledge of what a teaching career is really like from new and veteran experts in the field, and to hear what resembles the college experience of current students in UNC education. programs.

Participants can register for one or both conferences. Online registration closes February 4.

Future Rural Teachers Summit 2022

February 17, 5:30-9 p.m.

CEMR’s Future Rural Teachers Summit is designed for students who wish to teach in a rural community. Participants will have the opportunity to meet peers with similar interests and participate in group discussions about rural education experiences. The evening also features campus tours, an information fair with UNC faculty, and a Q&A about UNC’s educational preparation programs.

“There are many good reasons to become a rural educator,” said Robert Fulton, Ph.D., who is state coordinator for CEMR. “The most important thing is that rural teachers get to know their students and their families and see their students as whole beings. This summit is a good place for a future rural teacher to start.

Free room and board is available for students and their chaperones on the UNC campus at Wilson Hall, including dinner and breakfast on Friday mornings.

Learn more and register for the Future Rural Teachers Summit 2022.

Future Teachers Conference 2022

February 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

UNC’s Future Teacher Conference kicks off with a breakfast and keynote address from keynote speaker Gerardo Munoz, professor of social studies at the Denver Center for International Studies at Baker in Denver Public Schools and 2021 Teacher of the Year at the Colorado.

Throughout the day, students will participate in interactive workshops and learn about a wide variety of career opportunities, including early childhood, primary and secondary education, special education, rural education and urban development, educational technology, music and arts education and cultural and linguistic diversity. education. There is also a parent seminar available for those who want more information on the journey to becoming a teacher, including information on the UNC admissions process.

“This conference has been a highlight for future teachers in Colorado and the region for the past six years,” said Suzette Youngs, Ph.D., associate professor of literacy at UNC. “This is an incredible opportunity for attendees to experience a day in the life of a UNC student and experience teacher preparation courses. These learning experiences are also an opportunity for High school and community college students decide if teaching is a career they want to pursue.

In addition to providing valuable information to future educators, the conference also plays an important role in supporting prospective and current teachers in Colorado. It’s something Youngs and conference co-director Chris Kyser, Ed.D., believe is essential to help solve Colorado’s teacher shortage.

“Our ultimate goal for the conference is to increase the number of highly qualified teachers across the state of Colorado,” said Kyser, who is an assistant professor at UNC’s School of Teacher Education. “We have been experiencing, and for some time now, an extreme shortage of teachers. And, with dramatically reduced numbers of students entering teacher preparation programs, we simply don’t have enough teachers. While we recognize that teaching, especially today, is incredibly difficult, we have also been inspired by the amazing teachers we work with at UNC, and we have so much hope for the profession.

Learn more and register for the Future Teachers Conference 2022.

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