Teachers of Tomorrow Prepares Candidates for Careers in Education
The Marist chapter of Teachers of Tomorrow is one of many resources available to candidates of the Teacher Education programs. In addition to preparing for careers through coursework and academic means, many candidates also choose to join Teachers of Tomorrow.
The club, run by president Giana DiRico, organizes events and extracurricular learning opportunities for candidates to gain experience and skills necessary to succeed in education professions.
Teachers of Tomorrow strives to events that are relevant to candidates and the changing climate of the modern educational system. Associate Dean of Teacher Education, Dr. Edward Sullivan has been at Marist for six years and in that time, has seen many changes in the way candidates at Marist are prepared for careers in education. Most of this, he says, is due to the introduction of new education standards such as the Common Core and No Child Left Behind. Sullivan says that it is important for candidates to “learn what is being emphasized in schools.” Because of changes to the elementary through high school curriculums, the Teacher Education programs at Marist have adapted to prepare candidates for the environment in which they will be teaching. Dr. Sullivan said, “Accountability and student performance have driven many changes.”
The Teachers of Tomorrow provides events and learning experiences to supplement the academic aspects of the Teacher Education programs. DiRico and the board try to plan events that will help prepare candidates for the realities of teaching in today’s education system.
“Princesses and Pirates is our annual Halloween celebration where children are invited on campus, dressed in their Halloween costumes to participate in themed games and activities, all with an educational purpose.” This year, the event will take place on November 6th.
In addition to events where candidates interact with children, Teachers of Tomorrow also hosts events for candidates to spend time with the faculty of the Education and Psychology departments. DiRico said, “Each semester we hold a Student-Faculty Luncheon around the time of course registration. This allows students to reconnect with past professors, and get to know the courses and teachers they will be with during the following semester.”
Dr. Sullivan said that while the Teacher Education programs strive to prepare candidates from freshman year to student teaching for the two accountability measures they must fulfill, the role of Teachers of Tomorrow is to “support the programs with activities.”
On September 29, at a Teachers of Tomorrow meeting, Dr. Katherine Trela presented on the topic of Crisis Intervention. DiRico said that Dr. Trela “presented many informative methods to prevent, defuse, and de-escalate difficult situations that we may encounter as teachers in the future. Through resourceful handouts and highly interactive lecture, teacher candidates learned skills to ‘to better prepare themselves for an ever-changing profession’ and ‘achieve a greater understanding of the education world,’ as stated in our mission statement.”
Dr. Trela’s presentation was the most-attended lecture hosted by Teachers of Tomorrow in the past three years, with 33 teacher candidates in attendance. The club is looking forward to continuing this trend and hosting more events that will help teaching candidates in preparing for success.
The next event that Teachers of Tomorrow has planned for this semester is “Life After Marist: Teacher’s Edition,” which will give Marist alumni who are currently in graduate school or in their first few years of teaching to offer advice and answer questions that candidates may have. This will take place on November 2nd at 5:00 pm.
DiRico believes that the club and its mission are valuable for students who hope to teach in the future: “[It] effectively prepares our students, or teacher candidates, for the ever-changing world of education through our events and lectures. Each lecture aims to foster relationships between members and faculty within our major, while allowing students to learn and develop new skills that teacher candidates can use in the near future. Lectures allow professors to step outside of their course material and teach students about an interesting and important topic, in addition to the material covered in their courses at Marist. “↑ Back to top