Friday, June 22, 2012

Range of summer programs hosted by the School of Education

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

Debi Khasnabis, clinical assistant professor, and Cathy Reischl, clinical associate professor, are collaborating with Ann Arbor Public Schools through the Mitchell Scarlett Teaching & Learning Collaborative to offer an English as a second language (ESL) summer school program. The program will serve approximately 80 students in grades 3 through 8 and will be held at Scarlett Middle School from Monday, June 25, to Friday, July 27. The program also involves interns in our Elementary Master of Arts with Certification (ELMAC) program who will be completing an ESL practicum requirement. The focus of the program is based on the BioKIDS curriculum, designed by Nancy Songer and colleagues, and also includes several components that develop culturally responsive learning opportunities. For more information on this program, please contact Debi Khasnabis.

The School of Education’s Teach for America (TFA) program, in collaboration with the College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE), will host an Education Entrepreneurship Workshop as a one-credit graduate course for TFA corps members enrolled in the urban pedagogy master's program. The workshop will be held from Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29, in the School of Education (room 2229). It will be cotaught by Moses Lee, assistant director of student ventures at CFE, and Kendra Hearn, clinical assistant professor and coordinator of our TFA program. TFA-Detroit corps members enrolled in the master’s degree program will participate in this first-time offering based on the CFE's groundbreaking social entrepreneurship course. They will learn to identify education-related problems and apply design-thinking principles to develop innovative solutions. The SOE community is invited on Friday, June 29, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. to observe the participants’ presentations. For more information on this program, please contact Kendra Hearn.

The Albert Shanker Institute and the University of Michigan’s Ready to Learn Program have joined together to offer a Summer Institute for Teacher Trainers. This two-day certificate-granting program will provide participants with an overview of the research on oral language development, including how children are developing communication and language skills from birth; the ways in which language development and the background knowledge children learn through language help lay the foundation for later academic success; and why much of the achievement gap can be accounted for by differences in the richness of early language experiences and background knowledge. Participants will explore (1) concepts of language development, (2) language diversity and bilingualism, and (3) organizing successful oral language instruction. Specifically, the training will address activities to enhance circle time; ideas for more effective read alouds; ways to develop language through content-related activities; and ways to enhance children’s dramatic play and language development during free choice time. A registration form is available online. For more information on this program, please contact Susan Neuman, professor.

The Ann Arbor Summer Learning Institute (SLI) will run from Monday, July 9, through Friday, August 3, at the Ann Arbor Open School. The SLI is a joint project of the School of Education and the Ann Arbor Public Schools that locates teacher education in a summer school for entering first- and third-grade children struggling with math and reading. Twenty-eight ELMAC teaching interns will be placed in a third grade mathematics classroom and either a first or third grade literacy classroom where they will observe and teach every day during the four-week summer school session. Teaching interns will work in partnership with the 20 SLI teachers and the school district personnel. The Ann Arbor teachers are chosen from applicants who are interested in improving their own practice as well as working with novice teachers. The SLI teachers and interns participate in professional conversations focused on literacy and mathematics instruction throughout the summer.

The ELMAC courses taught in the summer—literacy content and methods and math content and methods—are designed to take advantage of this setting. In both courses, teaching interns will be learning content that they will need to teach these subjects, and they will also be learning instructional moves and activities that they will be able to enact independently by the end of the SLI. These instructional activities take time and attention to learn, and part of every day will be used to rehearse and analyze the teaching interns’ practice of them before they use them in the classroom with children. Interns and instructors will go through daily learning cycles in both literacy and math involving observation, analysis, planning and preparation, rehearsal with coaching, teaching, and debriefing of instructional activities. In both content areas, instructional activities are “containers” for the practices, principles, and content knowledge for teaching that enable novices to learn and teacher educators to teach in and for practice.

For more information on this program or to inquire about observing the SLI, please contact Klo Phillippi, lecturer, or Tim Boerst, clinical associate professor.

The Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context is sponsoring the EARTH KIDs Summer Camp, which will run in two sessions, from Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 13, and from Monday, August 6, through Friday, August 10. This summer camp will offer adventures in ecological responsibility and sustainability for rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. This five-day interdisciplinary day camp is designed to raise students’ awareness of human impact and the challenges facing our planet. Campers will explore human/environmental interactions, alternative energy, and resource management. The week will be packed with fun hands-on activities, including lab experiments, water testing, model building, and making paper. Campers will determine their ecological footprint and learn what steps they can take to reduce their impact on our planet. A field trip to the Nichols Arboretum will be taken to search for invasive plant species. For more information, please contact Sharon Clark.

TeachingWorks will offer two sessions of the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (EML) this summer. From Monday, July 23, through Friday, August 3, the EML will be held in Ann Arbor at the School of Education. From Monday, August 13, through Friday, August 17, the program will be held at Steelcase University Learning Center in Grand Rapids. Both sessions will engage a wide variety of education professionals in collectively planning and studying a math class for students who are struggling in school.

Each EML class will be taught by Deborah Loewenberg Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education and dean, and supported by an instructional team that helps make detailed lesson plans and other artifacts of the work available for collective study on a daily basis. Each class will offer an intensive intervention for underserved and underperforming students from high-needs school districts. At the same time, the classes will provide an opportunity for adult participants not only to observe and study experienced teaching, but also to contribute to planning and shaping each day’s instruction. Researchers from around the United States will use the laboratory classes to study instruction and to gather records of teaching practice.

The SOE community can register online to observe the Ann Arbor laboratory class and should email the EML team if interested in observing the Grand Rapids laboratory class. Information on professional development offerings and registration for those outside of SOE can be found online.

The Secondary Mathematics Laboratory (SML) will run from Monday, August 6, through Friday, August 17. The SML is a special mathematics class for entering ninth-graders taught by Bob Moses—civil rights leader, Algebra Project founder, and mathematics teacher. The class will be collectively planned and studied by a diverse group of teachers, researchers, teacher educators, and mathematicians. Each day, the group will meet prior to class, observe the lesson, and debrief together. For more information, or to register to observe, visit the SML website.

On Tuesday, August 14, through Wednesday, August 15, and Tuesday, August 21, through Wednesday, August 22, Betsy Davis, associate professor and chair of elementary teacher education, Annemarie Palincsar, Jean and Charles Walgreen Professor of Reading and Literacy and associate dean for academic affairs, and the members of the Elementary Educative Curricula for Teachers of Science (ELECTS) research group will conduct professional development for about 60 teachers from southwest Michigan. The purpose of the professional development will be to prepare teachers who are collaborating on the ELECTS project as it investigates the design of supports to enhance the teaching and learning of science in the upper elementary grades. For more information, please contact Betsy Davis or Annemarie Palincsar.

From Monday, August 20, through Friday, August 24, Mary Schleppegrell and Annemarie Palincsar, professors in Literacy, Language, and Culture, and the members of the Language and Meaning research group will conduct professional development with elementary school teachers from five schools in the Dearborn school district. These teachers are collaborating on the teaching and revision of curricula that are designed to teach functional grammar analysis to support reading comprehension and writing, especially for students who are English language learners. For more information, please contact Mary Schleppegrell or Annemarie Palincsar.

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