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For Immediate Release:
March 6, 2018
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Amber Taylor

500 Students Gather to Investigate Careers in Education

Orange, Calif. – Nearly 500 students from 22 area high schools and five community colleges are attending the 2018 Tomorrow’s Teachers Conference for Southern California on Friday, March 9th to explore careers in teaching.

More than a dozen speakers will offer the students insights into teaching careers and how to become a teacher in California. The state and the nation face a serious shortage of new teachers, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The conference, hosted by Educators Rising California, Project Tomorrow and Santiago Canyon College, is designed to introduce students to the teacher preparation pathway by expanding their knowledge about careers in teaching and education.

Conference sessions will be offered in five tracks: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Development, Secondary Education, Social Justice in Education and Careers in Education.

Winners Ed Rising California’s 2018 student competitions from the Southern California Region will also be announced at the conference. Students competed in three categories: Children’s Literature K-3, Lesson Planning and Delivery – STEM and Creative Lecture. The state level winners (who are eligible to go to the national competition this summer) will be announced at the Central California Tomorrow’s Teachers Conference on Friday March 23rd in Fresno, Calif.

WHAT: 2018 Tomorrow’s Teachers Conference for Southern California

WHEN: Friday, March 9, 2018, 8am-2pm

  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Terrence Roberts (one of the “Little Rock Nine”) at 9:00am
  • Multiple learning sessions from 10-11:30 and 12pm-1:30pm

WHERE: Santiago Canyon College
8045 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

WHO: Nearly 500 local high school and college students

Speakers include:

Tiffany Leger-Rodriguez: “Skills Needed to Become a Successful Special Educator”
Renea Dupuis: “Building a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom”
Jennifer Burrell: “What is your passion? Exploring Early Childhood Opportunities in Orange County”
Lucie Melendez: “Teaching Math Through Play”
Jennifer Vargas: “The Rewards of Teaching Junior High/Middle School”
Gregory Gardiner, 2018 Top 5 Teacher of the Year: "Teaching High School Science through the Lens of Project Based Learning"
Renea Dupuis: “Ensuring Access to Education for the Most Vulnerable”
Kalonji Saterfield: “Effective Communication Techniques: Fostering Cohesiveness and Creating ‘The Fun’ in the Classroom”
Laura Schmidl: “Informal Science Cubed: Education Careers in an Interactive Museum”
Maria Chaidez: “I’m a Counselor….What’s your Superpower?”
Dr. Ernest Black: “Earning a Multiple Subject Credential”
Barbara Glaeser: “Teaching Strategies for Working with Students with Special Needs”

Onsite media contact: Pilar Comparan, 714-200-9937

The conference is sponsored by the Orange County Department of Education.

About Educators Rising California
Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. Educators Rising is a national network of students and teacher leaders who are inspired and excited by the teaching profession. Educators Rising California is the state affiliate, run by Project Tomorrow.