Teacher Candidate Conference
Friday, October 13th, 2023
Every semester, the Teacher Candidate Conference is a celebration of the final phases of the teacher education program. Teacher candidates return to campus from their placements all across the state to engage in timely professional development facilitated by current practitioners and CMU alumni. The day includes an address by the EHS Dean, a keynote address, and a series of breakout sessions. The conference concludes with a thought-provoking panel discussion during which student teachers in the audience ask real-world, practical questions of experienced educators.
Michigan Teacher of the Year
Region 10 and Michigan Teacher of the Year: Mann Learning Community, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Keynote Address | EHS 118 | 9:20-9:45 a.m.
Candice Jackson is a dedicated educator who began her teaching career in 2002 with the Detroit Public Schools Community District. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Elementary Education and a Master of Curriculum and Teaching. She also holds a certification in school administration. For the last six years, she has been a third-grade teacher and instructional coach at Mann Learning Community. The Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation voted her the 2022-23 Educator of the Year. She co-founded the student organization, Mann Girls Matter, helping female students find their voice. She is the chair of the Parent Teacher Home Visit Program, a collaboration with the Office of Family and Community Engagement which brings teacher groups into the community to bridge the gap between parents, students, and teachers. She also has the dual duty of being an instructional coach. She facilitates professional development programs at the building level as well as at the district level. She is a member of the teaching organization National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa (NSPDK), Michigan Education Association (MEA), National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and Michigan Association of Secondary Schools Principals (MASSP).