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The Teachers College Dean's Sabbatical Presentation Series highlights current faculty research in an interactive and open venue. All presentations take place in the Seminar Room (TC 1008). Light refreshments are served.
Thursday, March 27
1 - 2 p.m.
Home: The Transformative Impact of Teacher Education Within the Context
Schools Within the Context of Community model of community-based teacher
education incorporates the principles of culturally relevant pedagogy, critical
service learning, and participatory community mobilization – all within the
context of relationships as a requisite ingredient of any significant teaching
and learning. Research on the transformative impact of this paradigm
relative to teacher candidates, children’s learning, and faculty development
will be shared.
featuring Eva Zygmunt, Ph.D., associate professor of Early Childhood Education,
Department of Elementary Education
Dr. Zygmunt's research interests relate to education for social justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, family and community relations, and poverty. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in multicultural education, family and community relations, and creativity. Along with colleagues and members of the community, she is currently co-directing an immersion semester for early childhood and elementary education majors, emphasizing community context as a critical cognizance for educators.
Thursday, April 17
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Interplay of Multiple Reform Initiatives in a Secondary Professional Development School
featuring Cathy Siebert, Ph.D., assistant professor of Secondary Education Methods/Supervision,
Department of Educational Studies
With the multiple--and sometimes conflicting--demands facing schools
today, teachers, administrators, and students frequently experience the
simultaneous implementation of numerous reform initiatives. This
presentation overviews several current, major reform initiatives at Anderson High School, a Professional Development School, and
highlights the results of several research projects.
Dr. Cathy Siebert has over twenty years involvement with
university/school collaborations, most specifically Professional Development
Schools. During her doctoral work at Michigan State University, she served as
research assistant and liaison for the Holt High School partnership. Since
1999, she has served as the PDS liaison for the BSU/Anderson High School and
Highland Junior High School initiatives and has also chaired several
institutional site review panels. With Dr. Siebert's research situated within
the PDS context, she has produced several PDS-related peer-reviewed
publications, including chapters in the Research in Professional School Development
series and given over fifty presentations at national conferences. Highlights:
Elected Board Member of the National Association of Professional Development
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