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Future Educator Academy Aims to Recruit More Students of Color

The fourth Future Educator Academy for rising juniors in high school runs from July 23-29.

Millersville University will host the fourth Future Educator Academy for rising juniors in high school from July 23-29. The Academy is part of the Future Educator Pathway, which is a Grow-Your-Own program to recruit and retain more students of color in the field of education. The academy costs $675/scholar. However, there is a limit of 50 participants this year, so students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

“Scholars who attend the academy should be interested in a career as an educator: teacher, school administrator, guidance counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker,” says Dr. Miriam Witmer, assistant professor of Educational Foundations at Millersville University.

The first FEA was held in the summer of 2017 and then in the summer of 2018 and 2019. The University was not able to host the academy during COVID. The FEA is part of the Future Educator Pathway program (formerly known as Project Teacher Development), which additionally offers interested students a college student mentor, in-school seminars focused on teaching and coaching and four dual enrollment courses.

The academy originally accepted all high school-aged students who were interested in learning more about a career in education, but this year it is focused on inviting rising juniors and seniors. In the past, it only had students from the School District of Lancaster, but this year the academy offers the opportunity to students from all the local school districts.

FEA is an interactive residential college experience. Scholars in the program will live in the suites and eat in the dining hall, explore various careers in education, read a common motivational book, conduct micro-teaching, establish personal and professional goals and work as a teacher’s aide to get practical experience. The academy was established by Dr. Miriam Marguerita Gomez Witmer and Dr. Jeffrey Wimer in 2017.

For more information or to register, visit Future Educator Academy.



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