Millikin University to host Tomorrow's Teachers Conference on Oct. 17

The annual event gives an insider’s view of the teaching world for high school students interested in the field.

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DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University's School of Education will host its annual Tomorrow's Teachers Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms located on the third floor of the University Commons on Millikin's campus. 

The conference will feature breakout sessions, group activities and provide a day of hands-on, behind-the-scenes experiences for high school students interested in a career in education. 

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“One of the benefits of this event is that it gives high school students — who are mostly familiar with teaching and classroom learning from a student’s perspective — an engaging, first-hand opportunity to ‘see behind the curtain’ of education and experience educational topics through the lens of a teacher,” Millikin Director of the School of Education Dr. Chris Cunnings said. “This event also allows Millikin University to showcase its campus, resources, faculty and commitment to Performance Learning.”

Registration for this year’s event is open through Friday, Oct. 6. Register at

Check-in and breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the conference concludes with campus tours and a faculty meet-and-greet at 2 p.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Dan Cox, Superintendent of the Rochester Community Unit School District, who will draw on nearly 20 years of education experience to explain “Why Teaching is the Most Noble Profession in Existence.” 

Students will also benefit from sessions and panels showcasing the latest in teacher education and innovative instruction, as well as an array of related areas that directly impact the future of teaching. The conference will also feature a School of Education student panel where current students get to share their thoughts on their Millikin experience.

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Millikin Director of the School of Education Dr. Chris Cunnings leads a breakout session during the Tomorrow's Teachers Conference. 

Tomorrow's Teachers Conference attendees will learn about innovative instructional strategies, multicultural education, special education, and a wide variety of content-specific teaching strategies and ideas. Students will also get an inside look at STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), instructional strategies for maximizing student engagement, inquiry-based science instruction, culturally responsive teaching, teacher resiliency and advocacy, the integration of specials (e.g., art, music, physical education) into school curricula, language arts education, global citizenship, gaming as an engaging instructional tool and immersive special education simulations.

For further media information, please contact Millikin University Public Relations Coordinator Matthew Flaten at 217.420.6636 or