The Department of Education hosted its 12th annual Emerging Teacher Leaders
Network (ETLN) conference on January 16-17, 2015 on the campus of Wake Forest University.
Teacher education graduates in their first three years of teaching returned to Wake Forest to celebrate their accomplishments, visit with peers and instructors, and consider new ideas to support their classroom teaching and school leadership.
The conference opened on Friday evening in Benson Center with a reception and dinner with department faculty and the 2013/2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Karyn Dickerson, who spoke on the topic of teacher leadership.
On Saturday morning, recent graduates mingled with faculty members as well as current undergraduate and graduate students in Tribble Hall. For the second year in a row, current Wake Forest teacher education students were invited to attend and participate in sessions during the Saturday portion of ETLN.
Throughout the day, conference attendees enjoyed a vast array of professional development opportunities that began with an interactive panel session featuring mid-career teacher-leaders from various educational levels and content areas.
The content area methods session is always one of the most anticipated sessions for returning students, and this year was no different. During the session, recent graduates reconnected with content area peers and instructors while engaging in content specific discussions with current students about the successes and challenges of novice teaching.
The final two sessions of the day included breakout sessions on topics such as writing conference proposals, managing the classroom, teaching diverse learners, finding classroom funding, utilizing new technologies, and career advancement in education. To end the day, attendees returned to Tribble B216 for closing remarks and door prizes.
Thanks to everyone who made ETLN 2015 so memorable. To learn more about ETLN, please visit the conference web site for more details and photos: http://go.wfu.edu/etln.
2015 ETLN Photo Gallery
The 2016 ETLN conference will take place on January 15-16, 2016 at Wake Forest University.