Future teachers from across Michigan to visit CMU for SEECC conference


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About 350 Michigan high school students will learn about teacher preparation at the Students Educating Every Child Conference (SEECC) Friday, Nov. 17 at Central Michigan University.

This event is being hosted by the College of Education and Human Services. 

"SEECC is designed primarily to be a professional development event for cadet teachers, but we're also welcoming them to campus as prospective students," said Nel Boose, director of Enrollment and Financial Operations of the CEHS.

Students will be welcomed to campus at 8 a.m. Friday. The students can choose three out of nine available 45-minute breakout sessions taught by CEHS faculty, all of which will educate them about a specific facet of teacher preparation.

Topics of the nine sessions will include:  

  • "Teachers Networking," taught by Betty Kirby, associate dean of CEHS 
  • "Early Childhood Development & Learning," with assistant professor Joellen Lewsafer 
  • "Technology in the Classroom," with assistant professor Jennifer L. Weible. 

Students will end the day with lunch in the residential restaurants and an optional campus tour from 1:30 to 2 p.m. 

"I'm really excited about this event because this is part of the work we're doing to really combat the teaching shortage," Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, dean of the CEHS, said.

While there is currently a national decline of students studying education, the College of Education and Human Services is working to spark interest in teacher preparation for young prospective teachers, Pehrsson added. 

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