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Eastern to Host Future Teachers Conference

Written by Dwight Bachman

Willimantic, CT -Eastern Connecticut State University's Department of Education will host the 14th Annual Connecticut Future Teachers Conference on May 27. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center. More than 300 middle and high school students and their mentor teachers are expected to attend from across the state. They will be greeted by Rhona Free, vice president for academic affairs, and David Stoloff, professor of education and director of Eastern's Center for Educational Excellence.

This year, students hail from Bristol, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Groton, Ledyard, Middletown, Montville, New Britain, New London, Mystic, Norwich, South Windsor, Thomaston, Waterbury, Waterford and West Hartford.

            At the conference, Future Teachers Clubs, the Education Club at Eastern, high school teachers, community educators and university faculty members will offer presentations and workshops that will focus on team building, making first impressions, storytelling, math magic, public speaking, sustainability, music and dance,  chemistry, foreign language, college planning and educational philosophy.

            John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury will be presented with an award for winning the conference illustration competition. The theme for the illustration is "The Highway to Education is a Road Worth Traveling." There will also be an award given for the school that creates the best banner for the same theme.

            The conference is designed to prepare students to be future teachers as well as give them a way to experience life at Eastern. Students will work together, have competitions and network with other students around the state. The conference is sponsored by the YES Clubs of the Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC),  LEARN and Eastern, with assistance from the Connecticut State Department of Education.

            For more information, contact David Stoloff at (860)-465-5501 or via e-mail at


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