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Oct. 1, 2021
MILWAUKEE — World Teachers’ Day is Tuesday, Oct. 5. The day, which was established in 1994, focuses on appreciating, assessing and improving educators of the world, as well as to provide an opportunity for society to consider the dynamic issues related to teachers and teaching.
To help with World Teachers’ Day coverage, Marquette University has a variety of experts available to provide perspective on a wide range of education-related topics.
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School and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Gabriel Velez, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership in the College of Education, has conducted research on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on students and academic performance, as well as how students continue to develop their sense of self. Velez can speak to adolescents during the pandemic, particularly regarding mental health and schooling. You can email Velez at email@example.com.
Valuing teacher support staff
Dr. Julissa Ventura, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership in the College of Education, had her article, “Above and Beyond Any Other Teacher or Staff”: The Invisible Nourishment Work of Bilingual Support Staff” published in the Harvard Educational Review. Ventura can speak to how bilingual support staff enhance the teaching environment and the Latinx student experience through bridging work between school and students’ families. Ventura can explain the importance of schools understanding the role of support staff to best serve all students. You can email Ventura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How teaching is changing
Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy in Marquette University Law School, has reported about various education issues over the course of two decades. Borsuk can offer insight on how teaching is changing as a result of the pandemic, the difficulty in filling teaching positions, the shortage of students being trained at universities to become teachers, the increasing recognition of the need for more diversity in teaching ranks, and the general stresses on teachers as a result of multiple factors. You can contact Borsuk by email at email@example.com or at (414) 232-7430.
Shelby is a senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Shelby at (414) 288-6712 or firstname.lastname@example.org