The conference featured students from 65 different colleges and universities from 25 different states, including UCLA, Stanford, NYU, and Cal-Berkeley. There was a total of 25 awards handed out, three of which went to students from the College.
While she was not awarded one of the cash prizes, what she earned could prove more beneficial – the feedback, the opportunity to talk to people about her business and her home, and the growth of her professional network.
Truksa found out his essay had won just a few weeks before the conference and he was able to attend to receive his award, give a presentation on the topic, and spend time around people with similar interests.
Educator preparation programs from around the country come together to discuss student teaching field placements and the challenges of recruiting and retaining not only pre-service teachers, but also mentor teachers and quality programs in the public schools.