Black Hills State University, which is recognized nationally for innovative approaches in preparing educators, will host one of three Future Teacher Academies in the nation. The session at BHSU Friday, April 17 will provide high school students with the opportunity to learn about the challenges and rewards of being a teacher and discover other careers in education.

High school students will meet with university professors who train soon-to-be teachers as well as working teachers and take part in activities designed to help them understand what it means to be a teacher.

The Future Teacher Academy at BHSU will include a tour and discussion of the BHSU Teacher Learning Center, presentations and activities by National Teacher Hall of Fame educators and BHSU faculty.  Presenters include Kathleen Engle, a BHSU graduate who was named to the National Teachers Hall of Fame last year; David Lazerson, who is also a member of the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame;  Monte Selby and others.

The BHSU College of Education is the largest teacher education program in the state of South Dakota and continues to be recognized nationally for its successful approaches in teacher education. The University has earned a strong reputation for successfully preparing teachers and BHSU graduates are sought by school districts throughout the region.

With over a million teachers retiring, experts predict the U.S. will need more than two million new teachers within the next decade.  The Future Teacher Academy hopes the day-long session and interaction with teachers will entice more students into teaching careers.

There are still openings for high school students to attend the Future Teacher Academy. There is no charge to participate. To register call BHSU at 1-800-255-2478 or visit www.BHSU.edu/FTA. Overnight accommodations are also available.