Monday, January 30, 2017

Community seminar features work of AAPS partnership

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On January 26, the School of Education hosted a community seminar featuring an eight-year partnership with Ann Arbor public schools. SOE faculty and AAPS leadership involved with the Mitchell-Scarlett-Huron Teaching and Learning Collaborative presented and took questions from the audience.

The event titled, “Education for a just society: Community engaged teaching and learning” focused on constructing mutually-beneficial partnerships that support children’s learning while providing a valuable context for teacher development. The Ann Arbor Distilling Company, located on Ann Arbor’s west side, provided a unique venue for the seminar and reception.

More than eighty guests were welcomed by Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje and Superintendent Jeanice Swift, who spoke to the significance of this partnership for their institutions. Three SOE faculty involved in the partnership—Debi Khasnabis, Cathy Reischl, and Deborah Rivas-Drake—presented “Ed Talks,” briefly introducing research and lessons born of the partnership.

A panel of leaders from the Ann Arbor Public Schools then presented about their experiences, and previewed the exciting developments on the horizon, such as the International Baccalaureate program. Assistant Superintendent Lee Ann Dickinson-Kelley, Scarlett Middle School Principal Gerald Vazquez, and Mitchell Elementary Principal Kevin Karr offered their perspectives and took questions from the audience.

The event was attended by U-M faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and students (particularly current teaching interns), Ann Arbor teachers, members of the Blue Ribbon panel, community leaders, and a member of the Ann Arbor Schools’ Board of Trustees.

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