The Kremen School of Education and Human Development will host the inaugural South Valley “Make a Difference – Teach” conference from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Tulare County Office of Education Conference Center. About 150 area high school juniors and seniors from Tulare County will be in attendance.

These students will learn about the teaching profession and how a liberal studies degree and teaching credential can prepare them to become a teacher in the valley. This half-day conference aims to increase the number of future teachers in the South Valley by engaging the students to think about their possible future as educators. The day will begin with keynote speaker Dr. Donna Glassman-Sommer, followed by breakout sessions on teaching topics, such as: Teaching in a Bilingual Classroom, Careers in School Counseling, and Community College Education Pathways.

Fresno State is partnering with the California Center on Teaching Careers to raise awareness of the high need of teachers in special education and STEM. INFO: Dr. Fred Nelson, chair of liberal studies, at or 559.278.0261 or Sam Ray, communications specialist, at or 949.292.3232.