PreK-12 Engagement in the College of Liberal Arts (2)
Yesterday I posted the first half of a list of of the PreK-12 engagement activities of students, faculty, and staff in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota. Here's the second half.
- The Institute for Global Studies provides a colloquium for middle and high school teachers on teaching Asian film in their classes.
- The Hmong Mentor Program provides one-on-one reading with K-12 students during school and assists students with their academic work.
- Voices from the Gaps is a website used in classrooms around the world by teachers from junior high school through university to help students research the lives and works of North American Women Artists of Color. In addition, the VG staff works with secondary school teachers in Minnesota to develop curricular activities that both use and contribute to the website
- The Classics in the Schools program trains undergraduates to give presentations about classical antiquity to high school students in the Twin Cities.
- Faculty have worked on the national effort to develop ANSI classroom acoustics standards for classrooms and have worked on state efforts to include these standards in Minnesota building codes. The standards will improve classroom listening conditions for all students, especially younger students, students learning English, students with hearing loss, and students with other disabilities
- The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides in-service teacher training, workshops, and curricular materials to middle and high schools
- Students and faculty in the Department of Chicano Studies works in partnership with La Escuelita, Webster Open School, Edison Senior High, and Academia Cesar Chavez to help ensure the educational success of Latino youth. The EDUCATE Program places university students in the K-12 school day and after-school programs as tutors and mentors. Faculty and student mentors host K-12 students on visits to the U of M campus to help instill the idea in students that a college education is a realizable goal for them and that a support system exists on campus to ensure their success
- The School of Journalism and Mass Communication collaborates with the Asian American Journalism Association to provide intense journalism training for high school students. It partners with the National Scholastic Press Association to teach middle school and high school students and faculty advisers about the preparation, publication and editing of scholastic newspapers, yearbooks and other student media. The program also participates in the Urban Journalism Workshop, sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists which serves high school students and their parents
- School of Music students take part in service learning in FAIR School and in Central High School in St. Paul. Faculty work with PreK-12 music teachers throughout Minnesota. The Marching Band hosts the U of M High School Honor Band each January which culminates in a concert in Ted Mann Concert Hall. Opera faculty provide workshops for high school students and summer music theatre workshops. Jazz faculty stage a Jazz Festival each spring for middle and high school students, and jazz students perform with local high school jazz ensembles. Electronic music faculty provide tours of their music studios for high school students
- The CLA Language Center serves K-12 language teachers and their students in a variety of ways. The Center offers courses on language pedagogy and technology and partners with CARLA to offer weekend and summer institutes on using technology in language instruction. The Center supports the College in the Schools program by providing web-based voice tools for Spanish teachers, offering language assessment tools, and providing workshops for College in the Schools teachers during their campus visits. The Center organizes World Languages Day, an annual event that provides hundreds of Minnesota high school juniors and their teachers an opportunity to explore some of the languages and cultures of the world and to experience life at the University of Minnesota. Language Center staff serve administrative and editorial roles in the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures, volunteer to judge high school language competitions, and serve on various public school task forces. The Center’s website provides language learning resources for K-12 students and their teachers. The Center’s Tandem Learning Program is initiating a collaboration that will pair native Spanish-speaking high school students learning English with U of M students enrolled in Spanish classes
- CLA supports 50 courses a year that have a service-learning component and CLA’s Career and Community Learning Center places about 350 students each semester in service learning and internships that focus on children and youth development, literacy education, early childhood education, or on elementary, middle school or high school education. CLA students assist in alternative, charter, public school, and after-school settings with homework as well as with arts recreation, literacy, college-prep, and leadership development. CCLC maintains ongoing partnerships with 7 alternative and charter schools, 18 after-school and mentoring programs, 6 public school districts and programs, and 17 other community agencies that serve children and youth.
- The department of African American & African Studies participates in college day events sponsored by the Somali Student Association and Black Student Union and participates in the Minnesota Humanities Commission’s K-12 Teacher Institute seminars
- As part of a Federal Department of Education FIPSE grant, geography faculty have developed a Teachers Guide for K-12 teachers that engage K-12 teachers in nationwide workshops
- The Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch College in the Schools program serves 20 high school teachers and 300 students each year. Students complete the University of Minnesota’s second-year German curriculum in their high school; teachers take part in professional development workshops. The department’s Mears Fellows visit German language classrooms around the metro area. In August 2006 the department will host a workshop for German high school teachers. Pending funding, the department will collaborate in a Minnesota Humanities Commission workshop for K-12 teachers. A member of the GSD faculty directs the Neighborhood Bridges program in cooperation with the Children’s Theatre that brings actor/teachers into Minneapolis and St. Paul elementary school classrooms.
- In partnership with Project SUCCESS, the University Theatre serves over 2,000 students and their families annually from ten middle school and high schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The theatre also provides matinees of their main stage productions along with theatre tours and talkbacks with cast and artistic staff that serve 1,500 students annually. Over 400 middle and high school students participate in puppetry, improvisation, costume, vocal and movement workshops held each summer on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. The Summer Theatre Institute for high school students focuses on acting, voice, movement/physical performance styles, puppetry and clowning. U of M theatre students are working with students at Washburn High School and Lyndale Elementary School
- The Writing Center sponsors Gopher Writing Camp, a summer program for middle and high school students, as well a summer writing camp for urban middle school teachers, and a summer workshop for K-12 teachers from through Minnesota. The Center hosts the Young Writers Conference each year and provides workshops for students in for several school districts. In partnership with Stillwater School District, the Writing Center designed and offered programs for their desegregation unit