VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Education hosted a group of diverse students from the Sioux Falls School District for Teacher Pathway Visit Day on Wednesday, April 26.
The event exposed high school students to the collegiate environment, immersing them in campus life with tours, a lunch with current students and presentations from faculty and staff.
“The USD Teacher Pathway was created in collaboration to encourage and inspire current Sioux Falls High School students with diverse backgrounds to enter the field of education, and return to Sioux Falls to teach in their schools,” said Darin Hochstein, a recruiter at the USD School of Education.
In part, the event is designed to improve the lack of diversity in the current teacher population. “Sioux Falls has a very diverse population that is continuing to grow more diverse,” said Hochstein. “Currently, their teacher population does not reflect this diversity.”
Hochstein hopes the experience will inspire students to pursue education. “[A]nd to learn more about why they are needed not only in their community but in ours as well,” said Hochstein.