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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The College of Education at The University of Texas at Arlington played host to an informational summit on November 13, 2018 for area high school students to introduce them to the exciting and rewarding possibilities of a future career in education. The 2018 Education Pathways Summit was organized and presented by the Region 10 and Region 11 Education Service Centers.
The event was held on the UTA campus and included presentations by teacher educators and education administrators. Students were also given a tour of the campus, lunch in the Connection Cafe in the University Center and the opportunity to attend a college fair to speak to representatives of a number of universities and educator preparation programs including UTA's College of Education.
Speakers included Dr. Teresa Taber Doughty, dean of the UTA College of Education; Dr. Troy Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment Management at UTA; Karin Morris, Executive Director of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation; and Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Superintendent of Schools for the Arlington Independent School District. Mike Morath, Commissioner of Education for the Texas Education Agency, also appeared via video. Brief presentations were also made by a number of participants from various areas of professional education.
UTA College of Education instructors Dr. Ambra Green, Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser, Ms. Brenda Harris and Dr. Carla Amaro-Jimenez participated in panel discussions, joined by a number of other educators from the DFW region.
“The education Pathways Summit was a unique opportunity to share with students interested in a career and education the many opportunities and benefits of this field,” said Kim Gilson, Region 10 ESC Program Coordinator for the Region 10 Education Service Center. “Our future is a nation is only as good as those who lead the next generation and the attendees at this event prove that our future is bright. The staff and students of the University of Texas at Arlington showed almost 500 people what a first class organization this is!”
The Region 10 and Region 11 Educational Service Centers are among twenty regional centers established by the Texas State Legislature fifty years ago, for the purpose of providing services to schools within their geographic regions. Combined, Region 10 and Region 11 provide services that impact over 1.4 million area students.
Local high school students attending the 2018 Education Pathways Summit at UTA
Kim Gilson, Region 10 ESC Program Coordinator
Mike Morath, TEA Commissioner of Education, in video remarks
Dr. Troy Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment Management at UTA
Karin Morris, Executive Director of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation
Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington ISD Superintendent
Brian Smith, Digital Learning Specialist, Region 11 ESC
Dr. Denise Collins speaks to summit participants
College of Education academic advisors meet summit participants at the college fair