Monday, May 19, 2014

Range of summer programs hosted by the School of Education

Tags: community engagement, deans updates, educational studies, higher education, mitchellscarlett, teachingworks


Each summer, the School of Education hosts a broad range of professional development and education programs for students, schoolchildren, teaching interns, teachers, teacher educators, and other education professionals. Below are highlights of some of these programs.

From June 15 to June 18, 2014, the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education will lead a group of U-M students on a tribal college summer study trip. The trip is designed to bring attention to American Indian college students and tribal colleges who so often are mere footnotes in publications and who get little attention in higher education scholarship. Inequity in resources and lack of learning opportunities are serious and persistent problems that are all too common on many American Indian reservations where most tribal colleges are located. The participants’ interactions with educators and community members on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations will help inform their understanding of the challenges faced by students at tribal colleges. Their visits to public four-year universities will enable them to learn about the success and shortcomings of support programs in place for American Indian students and alumni. Their visits to natural and cultural sites will enhance their appreciation of American Indian (specifically Lakota) heritage, and increase their understanding of what respectful engagement with indigenous peoples looks like as it relates to museum exhibits, repatriation of remains, land conservation and usage, etc.

From June 18 to June 21, 2014, the Institute for Innovation in Education (IIE) will host the Ann Arbor Gathering. The gathering will bring together educators, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs working at the forefront of technology and learning. It will take place at the Duderstadt Center, and all are welcome. IIE is an incubator of ideas, projects, and partnerships at the intersection of technology and learning, cosponsored by the Interactive Communications & Simulations group in Educational Studies and the Educational Technology Program at the University of Michigan-Flint. It is driven by the expertise of faculty, graduate students, educators of all kinds, and partner organizations from all over the globe.

From July 7 to August 1, 2014, during the Scarlett Middle School Title I summer program, middle school students, mentor teachers, U-M faculty, and incoming secondary MAC interns will learn with each other as part of the Mitchell Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative, the School of Education’s partnership with Ann Arbor Public Schools. This is the third year that the MAC interns have been part of the Scarlett summer program. The focus of the 2014 program will be the science-based study of ecosystems and sustainability. The mentors, interns, and students will take two field trips: one to Matthaei Botanical Gardens (to learn about native vs. non-native plants) and the other to Tantré Farm (to learn about sustainable and organic agriculture). The program serves approximately sixty students in grades six through eight, and is focused on strengthening the students’ reading and math skills in preparation for their next school year. The MAC interns will spend four days a week supporting the language arts and math classrooms by working with Scarlett teachers to learn and implement teaching practices that help support learning with individuals and small groups of students.

From July 28 to August 8, 2014, TeachingWorks will host the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (EML). The EML will enroll up to thirty children who will be entering fifth grade in the fall in Ypsilanti Community Schools. The students are diverse ethnically, racially, economically, and linguistically. The instruction is specially designed to develop strong and positive academic identities in the students and to set them on a path to success in school mathematics. To ensure a well-rounded experience and support strong social-emotional development, students will participate in creative, artistic fine arts activities during the afternoons. In addition to the classroom instruction, there will be a variety of professional development opportunities for classroom teachers, teacher educators, teacher leaders, and school administrators. If you are interested in observing the EML, please send an inquiry of interest to the EML team.

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