October 28, 2008
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education will provide the local community with three free, open-to-the-public demonstrations of the state of teaching in a series called Programs in Action. The events underscore the Gevirtz School’s partnerships around the UC Santa Barbara campus and with local schools, while illustrating how the school brings innovation, imagination, and inspiration to the field of education.
The events are:
Chemistry for 5th Grade: Motivation, Inspiration, and Achievement in the Physical Sciences
Thursday, November 6, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Physical Science Building North 1652, UCSB
Dr. Petra van Koppen, Senior Lecturer of chemistry and biochemistry and faculty partner with the Gevirtz School, will demonstrate how UCSB is using inquiry-based, hands-on workshops to enhance the performance and enjoyment of fifth grade students in the physical sciences; methods which are then being expanded upon by teachers in some of the area’s most diverse schools.
Model Programs for Pre-Schoolers
Wednesday, November 12, 9 am – 10 am
Harding School, 1625 Robbins Street
Dr. Sally Kingston, principal of Harding Elementary School in Santa Barbara, will be our guide as we observe Harding’s Reggio pre-school and three other pre-school programs. Visitors will see the new Pre-K – Kindergarten playground designed by early childhood education experts and learn from Dr. Kingston how Harding’s pre-school programs are integrated with K-2 teaching and learning.
Using Smart Classroom Technology to Improve Teacher Preparation
Tuesday, November 18, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Phelps Hall 2516, UCSB
Dr. Tine Sloan, director of the Gevirtz School’s Teacher Education Program, and Dr. Willis Copeland will offer an interactive demonstration of how the Gevirtz School uses cutting edge technology, from smart boards and huddle boards to video and clickers, to improve teaching and student learning.
Because of the intimate nature of these events, space is limited, the School asks that attendees RSVP to Nikkia Pannell (firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-893-5994). Each event will feature discussion and refreshments.
Programs in Action is one component of the Gevirtz School’s year-long celebration of “100 years of preparing educators.” The Santa Barbara State Normal School – the predecessor school to UC Santa Barbara – was established as a two-year college program for training manual arts and home economics teachers in 1909. The Gevirtz School prepares teachers, educational researchers, psychologists, and school leaders who are committed to improving public education — and thus every child’s experience in the classroom and beyond — through research and collaboration.
[For more information contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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