Application Deadline Extended – High School Males Sought to Apply

March 27, 2014

Kansas high school students interested in careers in education have an extra few weeks to apply for the Kansas Future Teacher Academy.

With the previous deadline of March 14 having passed, applications will now be accepted through April 11.

“We have received 24 applications from young women in high schools across the state,” said Bob Aman, director of the academy. “I challenge each high school counselor to find and encourage at least one young man from their student body to apply to the academy.”

Citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Aman said, only 2 percent of pre-K and kindergarten teachers and 18 percent of elementary and middle-school teachers are men. In secondary school, 42 percent of teachers are men.

Attendees from the 2013 academy, who are invited to re-apply and attend the 2014 academy as well, have reported their view of teaching practices changed significantly due to the information they received last year. From seeing how teachers approach lessons to classroom management strategies, the students analyzed the instruction they’ve received this year. As one student said, “My time at KFTA has allowed me to recognize not only who the good teachers are, but why they are so successful.”

Applications are available online from www.emporia.edu/jones and will be being accepted through April 11. High school counselors, educators or students with questions about the academy, or those who would like more information can call ESU’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence at 1-877-378-5433.

Every year the state’s nationally renowned The Teachers College at Emporia hosts 25-60 high school students for five days. During the academy, participants learn about opportunities for careers in education, problem-solving and leadership skills, personal goal setting, and the use of technology in education.

This year the KFTA will be held June 15-19, 2014 at Emporia State University.        

Funding for the academy is provided by the Kansas legislature. Students are allowed into the academy based upon their academic standing, involvement in school and community activities, and interest in exploring a career in teaching.

The Kansas Future Teacher Academy began in 1984 and is coordinated by the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence at ESU. For more information about the academy, visit www.emporia.edu/jones/kfta/ or contact Terri Weast at 620-341-5372.

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