Over 100 public school students made their way to Raleigh this past weekend for the first face to face North Carolina Teacher Cadet Conference in over three years. The North Carolina Teacher Cadet is a class that high school students in public high schools can take to learn more about teaching as a profession. Additionally, the program supports the development of leadership and citizenship as secondary components of the program. The course has a heavy focus on critical thinking, reflection, writing, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, and communication. The Teacher Cadet program has been around for several decades but with the challenges of putting a highly trained, quality teacher in every classroom, programs such as the North Carolina Teacher Cadet may be a solution to responding to the Human Capital needs in our public schools. For schools to offer the North Carolina Teacher Cadet course, the instructors must attend a two day training to learn about both the program and curriculum. In full disclosure, I also serve on the Teacher Cadet Cadre, the group responsible for creating and delivering the training.
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