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Agenda at a Glance (TENTATIVE) 

OPENING CEREMONY/KEYNOTE
8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Welcome
Ms. Jazmin Torres, President, Future Educators Association, FIU
Ms. Alexandra Valdes, President, Student Government Associaton, FIU MMC
Dr. Michael Heithaus, Dean, College of Arts, Sciences & Education, FIU

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Paul Burns, Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality, FLDOE

BREAKOUT SESSION I
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Speaker Presentation
Heart, Perserverance, & Dedication:  The Driving Force to a Successful Teaching Career
Presented by Ms. Vanessa Valle, 
2021 M-DCPS Teacher of Year

BREAKOUT SESSION II
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Speaker Presentation
Notes from the Field or What I Wish I Knew as a Beginning Teacher
Presented by Cari Rodriguez,
2021 BCPS Teacher of the Year

BREAKOUT SESSION I & II
9:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Competitive Events
Job Interview Competition
Public Speaking Competition
Spotlight on Education Competition
Writing Creative Non-Fiction Competition
Ethical Dilemma Competition
Researching Learning Challenges Competition
Chapter Display Competition

Panel Discussions
Social Justice in Education
Mental Health in Education

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

 

BREAKOUT SESSION III
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

 

Speaker Presentation
Reach Higher
Presented by Krista Stanley
2021 Florida Teacher of the Year

Information Sessions
FEA Roundtable
Exploring Careers in Teaching and Education 

CLOSING CEREMONY/AWARDS
12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m

Closing Remarks
Dr. Laura Dinehart, Senior Associate Dean, School of Education & Human Development

Breakout Sessions 

Breakout Session I      9:30AM – 10:20AM

Speaker Presentation: Heart, Perserverance & Dedication: The Driving Forceto a Successful Teaching Career
Presented by Ms. Vanessa Valle
2021 Teacher of the Year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Heart, perseverance, and dedication are characteristics Vanessa Valle strives to embrace each day and hope all future educators embody. Teaching is an art not meant for all; it requires a gift and talent only some can understand. Building connections, unraveling curriculum demands to suit the needs and best interest of students and transforming self-perceptions to perceptions of hope and beliefs are not easy tasks to adopt, but essential in ensuring the success of students. Those pursuing the teaching profession should understand the demands and responsibilities that come with being a teacher. Having the heart to love, demonstrating perseverance to continue working with students when times get tough, and exemplifying dedication to learn what is in the best interest of each student will pave the journey of success. 

Breakout Session II    10:30AM – 11:20AM

Speaker Presentation: Notes from the Field or What I Wish I Knew as a Beginning Teacher
Presented by Ms. Cari Rodriguez
2021 Teacher of the Year, Broward County Public Schools

Over the past 20 years, there are some things I have learned that are true for all students. Let's talk about effective ways to foster relationships and engage students to want to come to school and do their best every day. Tricks of the trade and resources to put your best foot forward from the start. This session is full of best practices in the classroom with and Q & A session at the end.

Breakout Session I & II   9:30AM – 11:20AM

Panel Discussion - Mental Health in Schools:  How Invisible Problems Lead to Visible Consequences

What are students thinking? For teachers, this question can be hard to answer. Students’ lives are complicated, and sources of stress and upset can be found both inside and outside of the classroom. Join our panel for a conversation on exploring mental health in schools. Learn about how social-emotional learning and the human-animal connection relate to mental wellness.

Meet our Mental Health in Schools panelists

Panel Discussion - Social Justice in Education:  Teaching for Change

What does “teaching for social justice” mean? How do teachers create classrooms for social justice? Join our panel for a conversation about race, equity and the learning environment, and the role that teachers play in cultivating diversity equity and inclusion in schools.

Meet our Social Justice in Education panelists 

Competitive Events              

Job Interview Competition
Public Speaking Competition
Spotlight on Education Competition
Writing Creative Non-Fiction Competition
Ethical Dilemma Competition
Researching Learning Challenges Competition
Chapter Display Competition


Breakout Session III   12:00PM – 12:50PM

Speaker Presentation: Reach Higher
Presented by Ms. Krista Stanley
2021 Florida Teacher of the Year, Okeechobee County Public Schools

The 2021 Florida Teacher of the Year will inspire future educators to reach higher for themselves and their students. This session will focus on turning failures into improvement opportunities and how to provide a high-quality education to all students. Future educators will learn the components of a high-quality education and the importance of setting high expectations.

FEA Roundtable
Presented by FIU FEA Members

What is it like to be an education major? Join the conversation with current college students in this interactive session where you can learn about the many things that you can do to prepare for life as an education major. Our current students will give you the inside scoop about what you should be doing while in high school to make sure you succeed in college. 

Exploring Careers in Teaching and Education Roundtable
Presented by FIU Education Faculty and Career Advisors

This panel networking opportunity brings together FIU faculty and experienced professionals working in various fields of education. Join the conversation to learn more about your educational and career options, the skills you will need to be successful, and resources that will help you in your college search.