Explore how YOU can impact the lives of others through Teaching!

Current and rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to attend an interactive virtual event highlighting the importance of students and educators of color to the teaching profession.

“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils” – Ever Garrison


June 7-10, 2021, One full day and 3 half days

Why Attend?

Are you looking to find the career path that’s right for you?

Inspired by the “Know Your Why” video clip by comedian Michael Jr, we adapted walking towards your purpose as a theme to help us challenge participants to self-reflect and apply your experiences as you explore the possibilities of pursuing a purposeful career in teaching!

Join Us To:

  • Learn why North Carolina is looking to build a more diverse teaching profession,
  • Meet prominent educators of color in our region and from around the state and learn their “Why,”
  • Meet current students and hear the stories of their journeys into education,
  • Learn more about the teaching profession through presentations and small group discussions,
  • Learn about the college admissions process, financial aid, campus life and academic support programs offered,
  • Learn how UNCW and UNCP recruit and retain students, and support their journey from entry to completion of our teacher education programs,
  • Participate in innovative activities and enhance your communication skills,
  • Develop friendships with other high school students from across the state,
  • Be mentored by current UNCW and UNCP students and faculty members during the virtual conference and beyond!

Start Your Journey

Apply now! http://tinyurl.com/FTNCSoutheast
Application Deadline - April 23


University of North Carolina Wilmington Watson College of Education and UNC Pembroke School of Education, with support from Future Teachers of North Carolina

Why North Carolina needs a more diverse teacher workforce

A 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Education predicted that by 2024, students of color—including Black, Latinx, Asian, and American Indian students—will make up 54 percent of the student body in public schools, yet only 20 percent of educational leaders are people of color. In NC, the absence of representation of teachers of color relative to the students they teach is particularly dire.