The Concurrent Education Student Association (CESA) will be hosting the Brock Conference on Education 2019 to provide an environment for prospective teachers to learn from speakers, collaborate with peers and to take away ideas and resources that will be beneficial for their future classrooms.
“The goal of this event is to provide future teachers with an opportunity for professional development. By hosting this conference we provide an opportunity for professional development, a certificate of attendance that is good for a resume or portfolio, a chance to network with other future educators and professionals in the teaching profession, gather teaching resources and to learn how to be a successful teacher,” said Kirsten Schultz, a third-year Concurrent Education student and the conference coordinator.
These educational and professional development opportunities are provided to help students stay connected and develop professional portfolios.
“Through various initiatives and events, CESA strives to connect undergraduate education students of all years and majors to one another, Brock University and the Niagara community. We hope to provide opportunities for students to network with one another, while gaining skills necessary for employment and giving back to our community,” said Schultz.
The conference kicks off with opening keynote speaker Matthew Sereda before the group splits to attend sessional workshops. After lunch, workshops take place hosted by Mallory Milton. The closing keynote speaker, Lee Martin, will take the stage, followed by closing remarks by CESA.
Students in attendance have the opportunity to choose which workshops they want to attend. Workshops available include This conference provides an opportunity for professional development to learn in an interactive setting, aside from the classroom. Students are also provided with the opportunity to learn more about upcoming topics that are prominent in the classroom. Students in attendance are able to learn about what it means to be a teacher that experiences success in the classroom as well as how to make a real connection with their students.
“This conference provides people with the opportunity to strengthen their passion for teaching and to better prepare for the diverse needs of a classroom. By providing this opportunity for prospective teachers they are able to experience was a future classroom setting will be like which is beneficial for a variety of reasons,” said Shultz.
The conference will take place on March 9 in Pond Inlet from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Interested students can visit experiencebu.brocku.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.