Teachers are finding themselves on the other side of the desk as they hit the books to reboot education.
ISU hosts the Sycamore Education Day and this years theme is about the heart of teaching.
More than 200 teachers in various focuses gathered at ISU for a lesson in change.
“There is just a variety of subjects. We have about 30 presentations.” Karlie McGee, ISU College of Education Event Coordinator
Different rooms allowed teachers to explore tactics and activities to find the best ways to help their students learn.
“With teaching you want to continue your education, everything is changing every day. So it is open to anyone, a new teacher that might have questions, a teacher that is more experienced that might want to help younger teachers with questions, or even evolve their learning as well,” says McGee.
Tricia Hall is an ISU alumni, who early in her education career attended the Sycamore Educators Day conference. This year she is a speaker.
“It is an opportunity for me to pay it forward. I know the people that made an impact on me when I was here and I just wanted to help others and impact education and students throughout the state,” says Hall.
It is required that teachers attend some type of conference in order to be eligible to renew their teaching licensee in the state of Indiana.
“But the thing I like about this conference is that you have teachers that are in the trenches, administrators that are in the trenches that are sharing what they are doing and what is working for them. So you can learn from others and that is what we do as educators. We are just life long learners and this gives you an opportunity to learn from people that are actually doing it,” says Hall.
Every year the conference has different presentations and activities to encourage teachers to evolve their practice.
Hall says, “yes we know things that have worked in the past but who is to say that we can’t find a better way.”
This was the 21st year for the Sycamore Education Day at ISU and every year they have more and more teachers attend in efforts to grow Indiana education.