Educators Rising Conference at ATU Thursday

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Arkansas Tech University will welcome more than 180 high school students and their teacher leaders to campus for the 2023 Educators Rising Regional Conference on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Daryl Anderson, an ATU alumnus with more than 20 years experience in the education field, will serve as keynote speaker. Anderson serves as director of behavior services and the SOAR Academy for the Fayetteville School District.

Students representing 16 high schools will learn about public speaking, lesson planning and teacher leadership during breakout sessions. They will also receive a tour of the ATU campus.

The conference will be hosted by the ATU College of Education and Health.

Dr. Pam D. Dixon, interim head of the ATU Department of Teaching and Educational Leadership, will provide the welcome message. Dr. Tim Carter, interim dean of the ATU College of Education and Health, will speak at the closing session.

While the students are engaged in breakout sessions, their teacher leaders will have the opportunity to attend sessions on leadership and chapter fund raising. There will also be time for teacher leaders to attend an open session intended to foster collaboration.

According to information provided by the organization, Educators Rising is “a career and technical education movement that aims to inspire high school and college students to serve their communities by entering the field of education.”

ATU, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Walton Family Foundation are among the entities engaged in a partnership that seeks to establish more Educators Rising chapters at high schools around the state, update the curriculum for introduction to education classes at high schools and support competitions for potential future teachers.

Learn more about Educators Rising in Arkansas at

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