Solving Georgia’s teacher shortage one high school student at a time

With a continuing shortage of K−12 teachers‚ especially those from diverse backgrounds…

Georgia (Mar 3, 2006) — Solving Georgia’s teacher shortage one high school student at a time

Karen Kennedy

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Media Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

With a continuing shortage of K−12 teachers‚ especially those from diverse backgrounds‚ in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College of Education is pulling out all the stops to encourage the best and brightest high school students to consider a career in teaching. March 13‚ from 9:30 a.m.−2 p.m.‚ more than 400 high school students from 11 school systems and several private schools will be attending the fourth annual Future Educators’ On−Campus Retreat‚ hosted by the Center for Service‚ Outreach‚ and Partnerships. Former Disney Teacher of the Year Ron Clark is the keynote speaker. Clark has appeared on Oprah and is the author of “The Essential 55: An Award−Winning Educator’s Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child.” The day begins in the Student Recreation Center.

During the retreat these future educators will be offered several choices of activities. Breakout sessions will be offered on such topics as the exploration of teaching as a career‚ how educators help motivate students to higher levels of thinking‚ how to meet the needs of diverse learners and how to integrate ethics into teaching. In addition‚ an up−close look at campus life through tours of University Village Residence Hall will be provided.

For more information‚ contact Anne Marie Fenton at 770−423−6483 or afenton@kennesaw.edu.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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