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Education Week Kicks Off March 23

Published: March 16, 2015

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The upcoming Education Week at CSULB will showcase the College of Education (CED) by highlighting what services and programs it offers students, providing a variety of workshops and social events, and concluding with the Education Job Fair, where in the past employers have actually offered qualified individuals a job right on the spot.

From Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27, CED will sponsor its annual Education Week, with events planned throughout the five days to help students learn more specifically about the college’s undergraduate, credential and graduate programs.

“Education Week is designed to create awareness of the College of Education and its many programs, and to let CSULB students know about the options available to them in education careers,” said Cynthia Grutzik, CED associate dean and coordinator of the week-long event. “This is a way to generate interest in our programs and to showcase everything we do. Our goal is to spread this information across campus, because we really want to increase visibility for the College of Education.”

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Much of the week’s efforts will be focused on outreach.

“This is an important time to let people know that the demand for teachers and educators is increasing, and that a career in education is once again a very viable option,” said Grutzik. “I think there are a lot of people who would like to be teachers and they just don’t know what the next steps are, so that’s a big part of what this week is about.”

According to Grutzik, the job market for teachers has indeed picked up, so much so that when the job fair at the end of Education Week takes place on March 27, qualified students could be offered positions right on the spot.

“We’ve had a slump in hiring teachers the last five years because of the economy but it’s really turning a corner,” she said. “Last year we saw people not being laid off and some of the laid off teachers being hired back. So it’s turning around.

“This year the Career Development Center, who is organizing the Job Fair, expects over 90 employers to participate, so there will be many opportunities for our students and graduates,” she added. “Last year, our students were getting job offers that same day.” Grutzik estimates that 450 individuals attended the job fair in 2014.

Education Week is designed to reach out to individuals across the CSULB campus and Grutzik notes that there are many audiences within.

“The audience is really our own campus, but we have different audiences,” she said. “We have those who are undecided and aren’t sure what they want to do with their major. We have undergraduates who aren’t sure what they want to do with their major and we want to show them that teaching is a strong choice. And then we have students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and might want a master’s degree or a counseling degree. We prepare more than just teachers. We prepare administrators and counselors and school psychologists and social workers.”

The event also provides a positive internal effect by really spotlighting the college’s efforts throughout the entire year.

“It really helps us in the College of Education to see what it is that we do all year long,” said Grutzik. “When we put so much effort into one week it highlights our programs and our teamwork, which is very energizing for the college.”

The most up-to-date listing of scheduled events for the week can be viewed at www.ced.csulb.edu/edweek.

Monday, March 23

Information Booth: Explore our Programs
10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. / Central Quad (LH 150/151)
Learn more about programs and speak with CED staff and faculty. Major/program advisors at the booth will be from liberal studies, multiple subject credential program, single subject credential program, special education credential program and master’s degree/advanced credential program.

Faculty Colloquium
2-4 p.m. / Anatol Center
This interactive poster session features CED faculty sharing their recent research and scholarship. It’s a chance to learn what faculty are doing and to talk with them about their work.

Preventing Sexual Violence in Education Settings
5:30-7 p.m. / Anatol Center
A professional development event to increase understanding of how to prevent sexual violence in educational settings.

Tuesday, March 24

Information Booth
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. / Central Quad (LH 150/151)

Liberal Studies: The Teacher’s Major
3:30-4:30 p.m. / ED1-18C
The liberal studies major provides a rich, rigorous, cross-disciplinary liberal arts program of study, with two programs within the major:

• The Integrated Teacher Education Program is for students intending to become teachers who wish to combine subject matter preparation for elementary teaching with coursework leading to a multiple subject teaching credential. Graduates of this program earn a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a California Level I Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-8).

• Track I is for students who seek subject matter preparation for careers in elementary education. Graduates of this program earn a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and may apply to a credential program at a later time. Students in the Track I program have the opportunity to complete a concentration in a selected area of study.

Students interested in learning about the liberal studies programs are encouraged to come to the Liberal Studies: The Teacher’s Major workshop.

International Education Mixer
3:30-5:30 p.m. / Anatol Center
The mixer is a good opportunity to learn about the study abroad programs offered by CED faculty and hear first-hand experiences from faculty and student participants. Participants will have the opportunity to meet some of the campus’ international students who will talk about their experience at CSULB. Additionally, there will be a short presentation by the Peace Corps and by The International Educator about education career opportunities in an international setting. Individuals are encouraged to come, ask questions, make new connections and enjoy refreshments.

Resume Writing for Education Majors
4-5 p.m. / Brotman Hall Room 250
This workshop is specifically geared toward students and alumni interested in a career in education. Students can learn how to develop a professional resume that can uniquely describe career objectives, skills, education and experience. The workshop will be hosted by a Long Beach Unified School District human resources representative.

Ed.D. Info Session

6-7 p.m. | AS 244
Learn more about the educational leadership doctorate and what you can do to take the next steps in your degree. www.ced.csulb.edu/edpac/academic/leadership

Wednesday, March 25

Undergraduate Advisor Info “Tune-up” (by invitation)
8:30-9:30 a.m. / Anatol Center
CSULB undergraduate advisors are invited to an information session to learn more about CED bachelor’s degrees, initial credentials, master’s degrees, advanced credentials and doctoral programs. Participation by invitation only.

COESA Spring Mixer – “COE-Chella”
11 a.m.-2 p.m. / Quad
All CED students are invited to the COE Student Assembly (COESA) Spring Mixer where they will have an opportunity to explore all the resources and programs within the college as well as network with students, faculty and staff. Funding provided by CSULB ASI.

Real Connections to Families and Communities – ASEC
5:30-7 p.m. / Anatol Center
Learn about the graduate and credential programs in the advanced studies in education and counseling department.

Thursday, March 26

Pizza with the Dean: An Open Forum for Students with the Dean
3-5 p.m. / ED-1 Lobby
Join the CED ASI Senators for an open conversation with the Dean of the College of Education, Marquita Grenot-Scheyer. This is an opportunity to ask questions, give feedback and voice concerns about your CED experience. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. and an open forum begins at 4 p.m.

Prepare for the Education Job Fair

4-5 p.m. / Brotman Hall, Room 250
This workshop will address how to approach employers with confidence and make a stellar first impression, what to wear, what to bring with you, what questions to ask company reps and much more.

GO TEACH! Workshop: Pathways to Teaching
5-7 p.m. / LA2-109
3-5 p.m.—Go Teach! Workshop hosted by the Teacher Preparation Advising Center
5:-7 p.m.—Student Teacher Panel hosted by COESA
All prospective students are invited to attend our on campus spring semester Go Teach! Workshop. Advisors from teacher preparation programs will go over pathways to teaching and answer questions. .

Graduate Student Association Coffee Break

6-7 p.m. / Academic Services Room 239
The CED Graduate Student Association (GSA) will host a coffee break on Tuesday, March 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in AS-239. Connect with GSA at cedgsa.csulb@gmail.com or through the CEDGSA facebook page.

Friday, March 27

Education Job Fair
12-4 p.m. / Location: USU
All students, graduates, and community members are welcome to attend the Education Job Fair, jointly sponsored by CSU Dominguez Hills and CSULB. With more than 90 employers participating, there will be many opportunities for discovering careers and building networks – and possibly landing interviews on the spot. http://www.ced.csulb.edu/edweek/education-job-fair-workshops

–Shayne Schroeder