April 14, 2016
SSU’s Department of Teacher Education will host the 2016 Regional Community Forum on education.
Shawnee State University’s Department of Teacher Education (DTE) will host the 2016 Regional Community Forum on education on Thurs., Apr. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Flohr Lecture Hall of the Clark Memorial Library.
The forum is an annual series sponsored by the Southeast Ohio Teacher Development Collaborative (SEO-TDC) and is comprised of SSU, Marietta College, Muskingum University, Ohio University and the University of Rio Grande.
This year’s forum will focus on the recruitment, preparation and retention of quality teachers. Ohio is currently facing a shortage of qualified educators due to teachers leaving after only several years in the classroom. The forum will try to answer why teachers are leaving and how to keep quality teachers in the classroom. It will also talk about how to better prepare the professional interns to be qualified contributing members of the educational community in a time of high stakes testing and increased expectations for student achievement.
The forums are designed to give students and the community better and more useful information about what is going in the teacher education field. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Higher Education and local school administrators and teachers will be on the panel.
“SSU welcomes and encourages our community partners to get involved in teacher preparation. We appreciate any feedback and support from our PK-12 school partners, including the teachers, parents and administrator,” said Dr. Xiaodan Huang, Professor and Chair of SSU’s DTE.
For more information about the forum, please contact the Department of Teacher Education at (740) 351-3451.
The DTE at SSU is nationally accredited and offers teaching licensure programs in Early Childhood (Grades Pk-3), Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9), Young Adolescent to Young Adults (Grades 7-12), Intervention Specialist (PK-12) and Visual Arts Education (K-12).