Tech’s College of Education holds inaugural program

By Jalon Grant

Investing in the future is a pathway that leads to success. On Friday, Jan. 28, Louisiana Tech University of College Education held the Engage Education workshop for potential future educators.

Current students and faculty in the department of curriculum, instruction and leadership (CIL) centered the program around Louisiana high school juniors and seniors. 

“We had 47 students representing 5 parishes attend the event,” said Dr. Dustin Whitlock, assistant professor of secondary education. “Both juniors and seniors were in attendance.” 

Being the first year for the program, students learned the day-to-day lives of educators as well as different areas of education. 

“This was the first year for EngageEducation to take place,” Whitlock said. “Students were able to select an area of interest — early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education — and participate in sessions led by current teacher candidates in the CIL program.”

The students engagement in the sessions gave them a hands-on experience of what it is like and takes to become an efficient educator in the modern classroom. 

“It was great to see the students engaged in the sessions and to see them gain an understanding of the knowledge and skill set that are needed to be an effective teacher in the classroom today, “ Whitlock said. 

The enthusiasm that the students revealed during the program was something that Whitlock said he took pride in. 

“It was encouraging to see high school students visit our campus and show passion that they already have for being an educator in the future, “ Whitlock said. 

Not only did students have an opportunity to learn in a great environment, but also had an a chance to win a scholarship from the College of Education. This year’s winner hailed from Shreveport. 

“Senior Kinleigh Crank of Captain Shreve High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the College of Education,“ Whitlock said. 

Stepping out on a limb, the faculty in the College of Education were unsure of how the turnout would be for the first year, but the program is now something that will happen annually. 

As this was the first time for the event to be hosted, we were a little unsure of what the turnout would be, but we had a great response from the schools across North Louisiana,“ Whitlock said. “We are incredibly grateful to our sponsor Louisiana National Bank, who cooked and served for all participants. We look forward to hosting this event each year.” 

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