Southeastern hosts statewide teaching celebration
Contact: Rene Abadie
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Aimee Adams, a Southeastern senior education major from Watson, performs a procedure that demonstrates the rock cycle for students from Berwick High School. Observing are, from left, Taylor Adams, Paige Boudreaux and Allison Russo.
HAMMOND – High school juniors and seniors from around the state gathered Friday (March 19) at Southeastern Louisiana University in celebration of the Louisiana Department of Education’s STAR program.
STAR, an acronym for Students Teaching and Reaching, is part of the Teach Louisiana initiative for high school students interested in teaching as a profession. Participants are introduced to the teaching profession through hands-on, one-credit courses offered at public high schools in an effort to recruit and retain qualified teachers in the state.
Around 150 students and their STAR educators from approximately 15 schools attended the celebration and participated in contests, seminars and teaching demonstrations conducted by Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning students.
Teaching and Learning instructor and undergraduate coordinator Elizabeth Berry said this is the second year Southeastern has hosted the state conference. About 75 Southeastern education students assisted by providing the high school students with demonstrations of hands-on teaching methods.
Representatives of several other Louisiana colleges and universities were on campus to provide participants with information on their education programs.