A new day camp, “Be a Hero…Be a Teacher” will launch this summer as a joint venture between the UNL College of Education and Human Services and Bright Lights. This camp will focus on increasing the number of people of color entering the teaching profession by providing middle school students the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a teacher through activities on the UNL city campus.
The concept was developed by Dr. William Lopez, Associate Professor of Practice with support from Pam Magdanz, Bright Lights Education Coordinator. It will be taught by Lincoln Public Schools Middle School Teachers, Barb Miller and Joe Rousseau. “Even though the emphasis is on recruitment of students of color, all interested students are encouraged to register,” says Magdanz.
Students will develop a support system with a college mentor and learn of opportunities to pursue a teaching career.
During the week, students will learn from UNL professors and LPS teachers how teachers plan and create lessons and develop assessments. They will develop their own lesson plans and have the opportunity to teach to young students.
Camp will be held the week of June 3-7.