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Educators Rising Learning Expo at DSU Oct. 11

October 5, 2023

Dakota State University’s College of Education is excited to host the Educators Rising Learning Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The event is an opportunity for high school students interested in teaching to learn what it means to be an educator. This will take place through engaging hands-on activities, breakout sessions, and meeting with current College of Education students, faculty, and alumni.

Educators Rising is a national organization dedicated to “cultivating a new generation of highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path from high school through college and into their teaching careers,” according to its website.

“We work with this group to give students the opportunity to come to our campus and learn about what it means to be a teacher at Dakota State,” said Dr. Jennifer Nash, Associate Professor in the College of Education.

The South Dakota chapter coordinator is Travis Lape, Innovative Program Director in the Harrisburg School District.

“The Educators Rising Learning Expos play a pivotal role in shaping the future of education,” Lape said.

One of the overarching messages of the day is the importance of building relationships.

“We really believe as faculty in the College of Education that relationships with learners, other teachers, and professionals are important,” Nash said.

Another highlight throughout the day is DSU’s technology-focused programming. Faculty use technology to help students learn material, develop thinking skills, and assist with self-expression, Nash explained.

The College of Education faculty at DSU are excited to show high school students what their future in DSU’s education program can look like.

Attendees will get to ask questions of a panel of DSU education majors. “Our DSU students do a great job serving as ambassadors for the university,” she said.

“These expos are the catalyst for igniting the flames of inspiration and dedication in the next generation of educators, ultimately shaping the future of our classrooms and the lives they will touch,” Lape said.

“We’re passionate about education and teacher education,” Nash said, “and we want to uplift the profession and help contribute to that next generation of professional educators.”  

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