Education Expo aims to inspire the next generation of educators
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – More and more high school students in KELOLAND may have a better idea of what they want to do after graduation.
This is all thanks to the Education Expo held on Tuesday at the University of Sioux Falls.
Ainsley Plack is in her final year at Harrisburg High School, but on Tuesday she was learning at the University of Sioux Falls.
She is one of the students who attended the exhibition.
The event also gave Plack a taste of USF’s campus and education program as she contemplates a career as a teacher.
“I have to start watching in college stuff like that, but also because I’m interested in education and learning and growing up with my peers around me,” said Ainsley Plack, senior of Harrisburg.
Nearly 140 high school students from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa registered for the event.
“We have a national shortage of teachers across the country and it is really important that we reach as many students as possible now during the high school years to hopefully develop that profession that they want to become an educator. budding, ”said the USF assistant professor. education Jamie Juhl said.
USF hosted the event with Educators Rising South Dakota, an organization aimed at training the next generation of teachers.
Students heard from guest speakers, participated in breakout sessions and more.
“It’s not your tradition to show up on campus, tour the campus, have lunch and send them on the road. It’s really about getting them involved with the professors and seeing what it would be like to go to Sioux Falls University, ”said Travis Lape, director of Educators Rising South Dakota.
Although USF is an option for Plack, she has yet to choose a school.
But she is certain of her passion for education.
“I really want to show students that they can learn and grow and what makes everyone so unique and different, I want them to know how unique and different they are in their own way,” Plack said.
Most recently, Educators Rising was on the University of South Dakota campus.
The organization has scheduled visits to Wesleyan Dakota and Northern State later this year.