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Students RISE to Challenge of Teaching

MNU student Randy Lemus interviews with Cornell Ellis of BLOC (Brother’s Liberating Our Community
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MNU student Randy Lemus interviews with Cornell Ellis of BLOC (Brother’s Liberating Our Community).

Dr. Neil Friesland, professor of special education and RISE director, addresses school district leaders.
Dr. Neil Friesland, professor of special education and RISE director, addresses school district leaders.

 

Teacher education students in the RISE (Reach, Inspire, Support future Educators) program met and interviewed with local school district representatives from Kansas City, Kansas, Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission and Olathe November 11 at MNU’s Mabee Library. RISE is a program designed to introduce talented students of color to prospective employers in the field of education. 

RISE helps students develop professional networks with peers and experts who are focusing on the same issues and challenges they will encounter in the educational workforce.

RISE students Kaleigh Bayless, Tayler Emerson, Lesly Maya, Emily Salinas, Randy Lemus
RISE students Kaleigh Bayless, Tayler Emerson, Lesly Maya, Emily Salinas, Randy Lemus.

Employers from area school districts that partner with MNU’s Teacher Education Department provide placement sites and mentors for selected teacher candidates. The interview day allowed district representatives to identify the teacher candidates they would like to equip for the classroom through clinical placement. Once completed, those chosen will complete their student teaching experiences in that district and have an opportunity to interview for a full-time teaching position upon graduation. 

The next step in the RISE program will be Teacher Draft Day when school districts offer positions to MNU teacher candidates and upon acceptance, draft those candidates for placement. 
 

This Issue

Fall 2020

With gratitude we present this issue featuring God’s blessings in allowing MNU students, faculty, staff and administration to be on campus and in classes during the pandemic. Many institutions were not that fortunate. Read all about it and enjoy surprising news about increases in enrollment and other progress happening during this unprecedented time.

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