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Burton College of Education to Host Unlock Education Event

January 4, 2022 | McNeese Public Relations
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McNeese State University will host Unlock Education, a one-day regional event designed to inspire high school juniors and seniors to enter the education profession Feb. 18 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Burton Business Center. There will also be regional competitions for high school Educators Rising classes and clubs to qualify for the state Educators Rising conference competitions.

According to Dr. Kathleen Williams, associate professor of education and director of clinical practices and school partnerships in the McNeese Burton College of Education, the event will include a variety of sessions including hands-on activities centered around innovative teaching, interactive STEM activities and much more.

Ronnie Harvey, Washington Marion High School principal and the Louisiana State High School Principal of the Year, will be the keynote speaker and a session guest during the event.

“Innovation in Education is the theme for this event,” Williams said. “We will highlight technology and interactive classroom tools that we use with our education majors that inspire learning and keep students engaged.”

McNeese faculty and education majors will lead sessions, answer questions and guide the high school students in the hands-on activities. Campus tours will be available for all participating students.

McNeese offers areas of study for early childhood, elementary and secondary education, and health and human performance. Students attending will have the opportunity to get more information on each of these programs as well as other amenities McNeese offers.

The Unlock Education event is open to all area high school juniors and seniors and Williams said there is still time to register to attend. For more information, contact Williams at or Lori Benoit at

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