Program opens ISU to Teachers of Tomorrow

March 26 2008

TERRE HAUTE â€" Holli Pickett listened intently as she moved from station to station within Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library listening as the librarians described the databases available to students.

For the Bedford North Lawrence High School senior, it is part of the decision process on where she wants to attend college to become a math teacher.

“I wanted to learn more about the department of education,” she said about visiting ISU as part of the Teachers of Tomorrow program on Tuesday (March 25).

The program is a way for high school students, who are interested in becoming teachers, to learn more about what it would take to put them in a classroom, and how ISU’s College of Education is prepared to help get them there.

“This event provides prospective new students with first-hand insight into the curriculum, the courses, the faculty and the field of education,” said Rich Toomey, ISU director of admissions. “As prospective teachers, this program will provide both an opportunity to experience the profession that is teaching as well as engage with university faculty in a direct and personal way.”

Almost 90 high school students and parents attended the day, which included a discussion session on what the future teachers would need to do and classes they would need to take as well as an attendance at an education class.

Then the students and their parents toured the campus, which included a stop at the Center for Instruction, Research and Technology to see firsthand the technology available to support their studies at ISU, and a stop at the library, where librarians showed databases and books available for education majors.

“I think it’s really good that high school students could come in and see what an academic library is like and what we have to offer,” said Alberta Comer, acting dean of library sciences. “It breaks the ice with students and lets them know the library is accessible and that we’ll help them.”

Gary Griggs, a senior at Paris High School in Illinois, has been accepted to ISU and plans to attend the university to become a physical education teacher. He decided to attend Teachers of Tomorrow when a friend asked him to come with her.

“I thought I would come to see what it was like being here,” he said.

That is the point of the day, according to Rebecca Libler, ISU College of Education associate dean.

“This is a critical time when high school students are trying to make up their minds about where they want to go,” she said. “The only difference could be where they think they would be a good fit. We hope they try us on for size and we’ll be a good fit.”

Laura Fry, a senior at Western Boon High School in Thorntown, has already decided that ISU is a good fit for her. She plans to enroll in the fall and become an education major.

“It’s very interesting,” she said. “I got a lot of great information today.”

For Pickett, the experience also was beneficial.

“I really want to come here,” she said. “I really like what ISU offers.”

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Contact: Rebecca Libler, Indiana State University, College of Education associate dean, at 812-237-2899 or rlibler@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or jsicking@isugw.indstate.edu

Photo: http://ISUphoto.smugmug.com/photos/270780326_PSDBg-D.jpg

Cutline: High school seniors and their parents participate in Indiana State University’s Teachers of Tomorrow program on March 25. ISU photo/ Marjorie Loomis

Photo: http://ISUphoto.smugmug.com/photos/270780527_EWYRk-D.jpg

Cutline: High school seniors and a parent listen during a demonstration at Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library. ISU photo/Marjorie Loomis

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Teachers of Tomorrow program is a way for high school students, who are interested in becoming teachers, to learn more about what it would take to put them in a classroom, and how ISU’s College of Education is prepared to help get them there.

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