Friday, July 01, 2011

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, teacher-interns, teachers, teacher educators, and other education professionals. I am delighted to share highlights of some of these programs.

The Algebra Project, the Young People’s Project, and SOE are wrapping up a summer institute today for incoming 11th graders from Ypsilanti High School. This program ran from June 20 through July 1, 2011. Reverend Jerry Rankin taught a mathematics strand in the morning, aimed at consolidating mathematics understandings, and preparing for the ACT. In the afternoon, a team, led by alumnus John Heuser, dance teacher Terainer Brown, School of Social Work graduate student Marquan Jackson, and. four undergraduates who are part of the Young People’s Project, worked with the high school students on identifying talents, articulating long-term goals and action steps, and “making culture” through writing, dance, photography, and video. For more information on this program, please contact Laura Roop.

The Ann Arbor Summer Learning Institute will run from July 5 through 29 at the Ann Arbor Open School @ Mack. It is a learning opportunity for children, experienced Ann Arbor teachers, Elementary Master of Arts with Certification (ELMAC) interns, and teacher educators who are developing practice-based approaches to learning teaching. The children are first and third graders who are judged to be not well prepared to enter school in the fall. The Ann Arbor teachers are chosen from applicants who are interested in improving their own practice as well as working with novice teachers. Twenty-three ELMAC interns and six instructors are involved. Interns and instructors go through daily learning cycles in both literacy and math involving observation, analysis, planning and preparation, rehearsal, teaching, and debriefing of instructional activities. In both 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, please contact Magdalene Lampert.

The Scarlett Middle School English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer Program will run from July 5 through 29. Members of the Mitchell-Scarlett Partnership planning team (Debi Khasnabis, Cathy Reischl, and Melissa Stull) and teachers from Ann Arbor Public Schools have collaboratively designed a summer program for adolescent English language learners at Scarlett Middle School. An ELMAC ESL endorsement course taught by Dr. Khasnabis, (Education 594, “Education in a Multilingual Society”) will be situated at the Scarlett summer program. The design of the summer program curriculum was based upon principles of culturally relevant practice and will engage middle school students in an inquiry-based study of immigration. Middle school students will study the challenges and triumphs that immigrants experience in America and will report their learning in a culminating feature-writing project. As part of their university coursework, ELMAC interns will be guided in supporting this instruction in culturally relevant ways. For more information on this program, please contact Debi Khasnabis.

The Teacher Educator Workshop is a week-long program for 12 teacher educators from around the U.S. and Canada. It is embedded inside of the Ann Arbor Summer Learning Institute and runs from July 17 through 22. Under the auspices of the Teacher Education Initiative, it will be led by Magdalene Lampert, Kristine Schutz, and Hala Ghousseini. The workshop is aimed at teacher educators in literacy and mathematics with an interest in:

  1. Designing and developing settings for learning in and from practice that combine clinical work with methods courses
  2. Using coached rehearsals in teacher education
  3. Designing and negotiating a curriculum for practice-based teacher education focused on high-leverage teaching practices and principles
  4. Organizing novice teacher learning and teacher educator learning in continuous cycles of investigation and enactment

For more information on this program, please contact Magdalene Lampert.

The IDEA Institute’s Summer Geoscience Camp for high school students will be held from July 10 to 22. This residential camp takes place on the University of Michigan campus and on field trips to geology sites around Michigan. While staying on campus, students will work in geoscience laboratories, learn from top U-M professors in the geosciences, find out more about geoscience as a career choice, and explore local geology sites of interest. Middle and high school geosciences teachers will also participate to learn about leading ways to teach geoscience in Michigan. For more information on this program, please contact Mary Starr.

The IDEA Institute’s Summer Mathematics Camp for high school students will be held from July 10, to 22. This two-week camp takes place at the University of Michigan. While at camp, students will learn math concepts that used to be taught at an early age, but are now left out of math curriculum. Learning about “subsets” and “intersections” will undoubtedly contribute to the way students think about math in their future courses. During camp, students will learn in small groups, use equipment available only at the university level, and challenge themselves and others to solve problems. Furthermore, they will experience the life of a university student by living in the dorms, meeting faculty, and having evening adventures in downtown Ann Arbor. For more information on this program, please contact Mary Starr.

The Grand Rapids Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (GREML) will be held from July 25 to 29 at Steelcase University Learning Center in Grand Rapids. GREML features a morning mathematics class for entering fifth-graders for which I am the teacher, and an afternoon art class taught by Colleen Morrissey, a Grand Rapids-area art teacher. During this one-week class, students will work on important mathematical topics for fifth grade and beyond, such as fractions, number lines, equivalence, and place value. They also will focus on developing crucial mathematical skills such as explaining, representing, proving, and defining.

In addition to providing learning opportunities for fifth-graders, GREML also offers professional learning opportunities for educators. Prior to the math class each morning, adult participants attend a mandatory pre-briefing that provides context for the day’s work and opportunities to discuss plans for the upcoming lesson. They then observe the fifth-grade mathematics class and, after the lesson, observers are welcome to attend a post-class debriefing. An afternoon professional development workshop is also offered for classroom teachers, “Studying Teaching Moves: Examining Effective Classroom Practice,” facilitated by Catherine Ditto, a teacher and teacher leader from Chicago Public Schools.

If you are interested in observing the fifth-grade mathematics class and participating in the pre- and post-class discussions, please submit a seating request online. For more information on this program, please contact Anna Sampson.

The Ann Arbor-based Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (EML), the original core program, is "offline" for this year. We are using the time to redesign some components of the program and to develop new ideas about the accompanying professional development and public engagement opportunities. This one-year hiatus in no way signals a retreat from a commitment to the program, the people involved, or the important opportunities for the elementary students. Instead, we seek to make the program stronger, more coherent, and scalable. We will reopen it for the summer of 2012.

The IDEA Institute’s Middle School Summer Science Camp will be held July 25 through August 5. In this engaging summer camp, camp scholars will explore water quality chemistry, communicable diseases, and vehicles in motion. These explorations include laboratory work, classroom work, and field trips. For more information on this program, please contact Brittany Cooper.

The Education Entrepreneurship Teacher Workshop will be held from July 25 though 27 at the University of Michigan Detroit Center. The School of Education will partner with the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) to offer Teach For America-Detroit corps members and other in-service educators a special, free three-day summer workshop. College of Engineering CFE faculty will engage participants in a hands-on stimulating process merging design-thinking with concepts from their social entrepreneurship initiative to help participants conceive or develop ideas for improving education or improving their corners of the world through education. If you are interested in this program, please register online or contact Kendra Hearn for more information.

The Secondary Mathematics Laboratory (SML) will run from August 8 to 19. In its second year, 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 is collectively planned and studied by a diverse group of teachers, researchers, teacher educators and mathematicians. Each day, the group meets prior the class, observes the lesson, and debriefs together.

The 2011 SML is designed to build capacity for instructional leaders and instructional leadership teams. Anyone is welcome to attend the SML, but it is best suited for teams of two to eight people engaged in a self-made agenda of work to be conducted in the afternoon or evening. This work might be directly related to studying some feature of the morning instruction or might be about independent work, with the morning experience providing a common grounding for the group’s work. It would be good for teams to include someone with experience in designing, studying, and supporting others in relation to instruction, as well as people across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

Attendance at daily pre-briefs/de-briefs is required. Attendance for the full two weeks is strongly encouraged, but not required. If you are interested in this program, please register online or contact Mark Thames for more information.

The Language and Meaning Research Group (Mary Schleppegrell and Annemarie Palincsar, with doctoral students Jason Moore, Kitti O’Halloran, Michelle Nguyen, and Viki Tijunelis) will conduct a summer institute from August 22 to 26. This institute will work with a group of 25 literacy coaches and teachers who work in grades 2 through 5 in the Dearborn Public Schools, serving large numbers of children who are English language learners. The purpose of the institute is to prepare this group of educators to use an approach referred to as functional grammar analysis to enhance children’s abilities to read with understanding and use writing to communicate their knowledge and ideas. The project will continue to work with the coaches and teachers throughout the academic year to trial and improve a set of materials for implementing functional grammar analysis that will later be disseminated more broadly. The institute will be held in Dearborn. For more information, please contact Annemarie Palincsar.

The Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context is sponsoring the Earth Kids Summer Camps, which will run July 25 through 29 for rising sixth-eighth grade students, and August 1 through 5 for rising fourth- and fifth-grade students. These camps are designed to raise students' awareness of human impact and related challenges facing our planet. They will explore concepts such as human/environmental interactions, alternative sources of energy, energy consumption, and sustainability through an array of fun, hands-on projects and activities. For more information, phone Sharon Clark at 734.647.2454 or email Deborah Jagers.
 

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