Upcoming event offers resources, advice to new K-12 teachers

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

OLATHE — The first year can be difficult for new teachers. Kansas State University is hosting a free event that helps new educators and school leaders understand the highs and lows that come with the first year and the resources available for a successful start.

"The First-Year Teaching: Supporting a Successful Start" is from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Kansas State University Olathe campus. The event provides strategies and resources to school district leadership, instructional coaches and new teachers to help ensure a successful first year.

Attendees also are invited to share advice they have learned in the job to young teachers.

The event is a collaboration with the College of Education at Kansas State University and K-State Olathe.

The College of Education also will show a portion of "A Walk in my Shoes — The First 9 Months," the latest documentary from the college's award-winning film series. The documentary looks at the challenges and triumphs teachers face when transitioning from college to a new career in education.

"The documentary is more evidence of the college's unwavering support for teachers and student success in Kansas," said Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education. "Teachers shape the future through students and it is imperative that we attract the right people to the profession while providing them with the best preparation, internship opportunities and mentorship so they are well-equipped for a fulfilling career in K-12 education."

Following the short documentary, a panel of K-12 educators from Greater Kansas City schools will discuss best practices relating to critical supports for new teachers. Panelists include:

• Debbie Mercer, College of Education at Kansas State University, panel moderator
• Becky Brady, Sunflower Elementary School
• Skylar Ross, Pawnee Elementary School
• Anne Goodson, Mill Valley High School
• Tanner Crow, Blue Valley High School
• Taylor Miller, Olathe Public Schools
• Katherine Omo Jimenez, Prairie Ridge Elementary

To register for this free event, visit olathe.k-state.edu/firstyear.