Education majors from colleges throughout the region and high school juniors and seniors considering teaching will gather at Pitt’s Greensburg campus Saturday for the Southwest Region of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association’s Teacher Leadership Institute.
This one-day conference will focus on teachers as leaders within their classroom, their community, and the PSEA. Keynote speakers are William H. Kerr Jr., superintendent for the Norwin School District, and Mairi Cooper, orchestra teacher at Fox Chapel High School and the 2015 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.
“Pitt-Greensburg’s education program focuses on how to be a teacher in the classroom and within a school,” said Melissa Marks, associate professor of education, director of the Secondary Education Program, and co-adviser to the SPSEA chapter at Pitt-Greensburg. “However, we want our students — and all teachers — to be more than that. In addition to being leaders within their own communities and schools, we want them to be able to develop leadership qualities in their own students.
“This conference will showcase the qualities that leaders have and how they inspire others to lead,” she said.
Jeanne Burth, associate professor of Education at Pitt-Greensburg and co-adviser to the campus’ SPSEA chapter, will lead a session on how to teach in impoverished schools. A former principal in a high-poverty school, Burth will focus on the challenges in leading students living and learning in low-income communities.