College of Education to host CATCH Conference for student teachers

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s College of Education is hosting its annual Collaborating to Assist Teacher Candidate Hiring (CATCH) Conference for current student teachers on Friday, March 15, in the Kehr Union.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by the first panel with administrators beginning at 10 a.m. Three tracks of alumni teacher panels follow at 11 a.m. focusing on early childhood/elementary, middle level and secondary level. At 1 p.m. there will be round table discussions: How to “sell” your experience to recruiters. The CATCH conference will conclude with the College of Education’s Teacher Career Expo from 2 to 5 p.m.

Nearly 150 student teachers are expected to attend the expo representing the following certification areas: secondary education, early childhood/elementary education, middle school level, special education, deaf education, business education, and music education.

The CATCH Conference and the Education Expo are held during spring break since it is the midpoint for most student teachers as they transition from their first placement to their second placement. The transition day provides an opportunity to offer a professional development day for all student teachers.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.