High school juniors and seniors considering a career in education, had the opportunity to learn more about the profession and what Wright State University has to offer at Future Teachers Day on Sept. 22.
The day began with a welcome from Jim Denniston Ph.D., dean of the College of Health, Education and Humans Services, followed by an overview of the Teacher Education Program from Tracey Kramer, senior lecturer and director of the Office of Partnerships and Field Experience, and a keynote address from Marlon Styles, a partner at Learner Centered Collaborative.
Participants had the opportunity to participate in a variety of informative breakout sessions including:
- What Do You See? Teachers Who Look Like Me!: This session, presented by Marlon Styles, was designed to equip students with the tools to pave the way for a more inclusive and equal education system.
- Hands-On in Your Classroom: Teacher Resources from the University Libraries: Presented by Heather Back, Wright State student success librarian, this session highlighted library resources other than books available to teachers to enhance the classroom experience.
- Careers in Education: Presented by Amy Elston, Ph.D., assistant director of the Office of Partnerships and Field Experience, this session discussed where a teaching degree could lead students if they decide to explore other options.
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Presented by John Haught, Ph.D., professor of English, this session introduced participants to the world of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and provided information about the various opportunities in the TESOL licensure pathway program.
- Using Emotional Intelligence to Influence Others: Presented by Dan Noel, Ph.D., senior lecturer of leadership studies in education and director of community-based learning, this session explored how aspects of emotional intelligence can strengthen students’ professional and personal relationships and prepare them for the teaching profession.
- Healthy Students Learn More: This session, presented by Kevin Lorson, Ph.D., professor and director of the Physical Education Licensure Program, highlighted the integration of a whole-child approach to help students achieve their fullest potential. It showcased how Wright State prepares teachers and leaders who develop classrooms and schools where students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged to achieve their full potential.
Students also had the opportunity to hear from a panel of current Wright State teacher education students, receive information on Wright State’s admissions process and tour the Dayton Campus.