Friday, May 20, 2011

Area educators provide students advice during roundtable workshop

Alyssa Foster appreciates good advice.

The Daytona State College graduate, who this week earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, was among nearly 40 School of Education students who received valuable career guidance from area public school administrators during an education roundtable workshop held May 11 in the Mori Hosseini Center.
The workshop was among a number of sessions scheduled each year by the School of Education that goes above and beyond the curriculum, providing a means for students to enhance their professional skills and giving them an edge in an increasingly competitive job market.
“This workshop was a great opportunity to get to know the principals and their views,” Foster said. “It gave me a better understanding of how to approach my job search when I graduate.”
Foster currently is a leading candidate for a teaching job at an area charter school, according to Dr. Les Potter, chair of the School of Education.
The panelists included principals, certification specialists and human resources representatives who spoke on a variety of topics, including what characteristics they seek in a teaching candidate, how to prepare for the interview and what they look for on a resume. Students also were able to meet with each principal and submit their resumes.
This past academic year saw the first graduates of the college’s five BS in Education degree programs, which were launched with authorization from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in late 2009. Eleven students graduated last December and an additional 35 graduated in May.
Les Potter
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The College of Education also has been very involved with the Junior Achievement Worldwide program by introducing select college classes to the Junior Achievement curriculum and its purpose. On May 13, Dr. Potter went with 14 other community members to teach 6th graders at Creekside Middle School in Port Orange.

Junior Achievement is an innovator in empowering young people to own their future economic success in the 21st century global marketplace. The program focuses on the impact areas of youth, education and economic development, reaching  9.8 million students a year in more than 400,000 classes worldwide.

Junior Achievement volunteers help K-12 students focus on work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big, reach their potential, and contribute to the vitality of their local communities and the world economy.  

For more information contact Dr. Potter at (386) 506-3528,