UNU hosts free event to inspire future educators across Colorado


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

The United Nations University is hosting the 7th Annual Conference for Future Educators in conjunction with the 2022 Colorado Center for Rural Education (CCRE) Future Rural Educators Summit, February 17-18. The two-day event is an opportunity for aspiring teachers to gain first-hand knowledge about the nature of the teaching profession from new and veteran experts in the field, and hear about college experience from current students in UNC teaching programs.

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

2022 Future of Rural Teachers Summit

Feb 17, 5:30-9pm

The Summit for Future Rural Educators at CCRE 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 offers campus tours, an information fair with UNU faculty, and a question-and-answer session on UNU Education Preparation Programs.

“There are so many great reasons to become a rural teacher,” said Robert Fulton, PhD, who serves as the state coordinator at CCRE. “Most importantly, teachers in rural areas get to know their students and families and see their students as whole beings. This summit is a good place to start a future rural teacher.”

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

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

Future Teachers Conference 2022

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

The UNU Educators of the Future conference kicks off with a breakfast and keynote speaker Gerardo Munoz, teacher of social studies at the Denver Center for International Studies at Baker at Denver Public Schools and Teacher of the Year 2021 in Colorado.

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

“This conference has been an important event for potential educators in Colorado and the region over the past six years,” said Suzette Youngs, Ph.D., associate professor of literacy education at the University of North Carolina. “It is a great opportunity to come to experience a day in the life of an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina and to experience the classes. coursework in teacher prep courses. These learning experiences are also an opportunity for high school and community college students to determine if teaching is a career they would like to pursue.”

In addition to providing valuable information for aspiring educators, the conference also plays an important role in supporting potential and current educators in Colorado. This is something that Youngs and conference co-director Chris Kayser, Ed.D., feel is critical to help address the teacher shortage in Colorado.

“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 in the UNC School of Teacher Education. “We are, and have been for some time, suffering from a severe shortage of teachers. With so many students enrolled in teacher preparation programmes, we simply do not have enough teachers. While we recognize that teaching, especially today, is a huge challenge, we have been inspired Also some of the wonderful teachers we work with at UNC, and we have great hope in this career.”

Learn more and register for the 2022 Future Educators Conference.


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