Thursday, March 26, 2015

Professional Mini-Conference for our Teacher Candidates

As our teacher candidates prepare for their educational careers following graduation, it is our hope that they will be ready for the rigor and relevance of the profession. The latest trends, the highs, the lows, the excitement and eagerness to make a difference for the many students who they impact is what education is all about. Education is also constantly changing, which can make the journey more challenging.

The College of Education: Office of Field Experience, in collaboration with the McDowell Institute: Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support and Alumni and Professional Engagement, has implemented a C.A.T.C.H. event to provide our teacher candidates with a snapshot of the latest trends and insight on how to begin their journey in a positive direction. This year, C.A.T.C.H. is scheduled for March 27.

So what is C.A.T.C.H. and how do our teacher candidates benefit from the event? C.A.T.C.H. – Collaborating to Assist Teacher Candidate Hiring – is a professional development event for all of our teacher candidates. The C.A.T.C.H. initiative was developed in spring 2014 to prepare aspiring teacher candidates for the job market with sessions on current trends, interview preparation and the hiring process.

C.A.T.C.H. provides opportunities for our students to collaborate, network and interact with Bloomsburg University alumni, including superintendents, principals, teachers and others who have chosen an educational career. This opportunity gives them experience and exposure to the districts and to the latest professional changes.

Being a lifelong learner is key to educators’ sustainability and success. We hope the annual C.A.T.C.H. professional development mini-conference provides our graduates with the tools necessary to be problem solvers and innovators … to make a difference. These skills set them apart from other candidates and prepare them to make a lasting first impression during the interview process.

Get Ready …. Get Set …. C.A.T.C.H.

— Candy Trate, Director Field Experience Office