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The Moral Path: Five Steps Towards (real) Educational Equity in Connecticut

From Andy Ribner ’13:

Jacob Werblow, Ph.D., began his professional career as a 6th grade teacher of some of the most beautiful children enrolled in one of the largest, most segregated public schools in Los Angeles. Since then, he has been committed to social justice through working with youth from urban schools. He is a licensed teacher and administrator, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2007. Inspired by the work of Dr. Barbara Clark, who studied aesthetic education at Harvard University, Jacob is deeply involved in teaching courses that use the arts to engage students in local middle schools.

The emphasis of Jacob’s research focuses on school equity and effectiveness, student success, and curriculum based measurement.

Jacob is an advisor to the CT Center for Nonviolence, a board member of CT NAME (National Association of Multicultural Educators), and a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He rides his bicycle to work.

Date: Tomorrow, April 16
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: PAC 001
Cost: Free

Apply to Teach Kindergarten Kickstart


If the word “teach” is in the title, you can be sure what follows is from Resident Educationisto Andy Ribner ’14:

Interested in teaching preschool this summer? Apply to teach Kindergarten Kickstart!

This innovative, five-week summer pre-k program employs Wesleyan students to teach high-need students who need an extra boost before their kindergarten year. This year, we will have sites working with students going to Macdonough and Farm Hill.

For more information, see the application here, or feel free to contact Sydney Lewis ’14 (salewis@wes), Taylor Deloach ’13(tdeloach@wes), and Andy Ribner ’14 (aribner@wes).

Applications are due April 5!

Contact: kickstartct(at)gmail(dot)com
Deadline: Friday, April 5th, 2013.
Application: Right over here.

Interest in Teaching

Andy Ribner ’14 just sent us an email with the subject line “Interest in Teaching,” which is sort of like that time Dave Meyer sent me an email with the subject line “Public Safety”:

Are you interested in teaching? Planning to teach when you graduate? Already secured a job as a teacher? Have you thought about teaching as a career? We want to know!

A faculty, staff, and student committee is currently discussing a possible certification program and Masters in Teaching at Wesleyan. As part of this process, we’re attempting to gauge student interest.

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, please send us a short email at wesedcommittee@gmail.com and specify your class year.

Contact: wesedcomittee(at)gmail(dot)com
Deadline: Whenever

Apply to the Spring Teaching Institute

Andy Ribner ’14 secretly hates education and just wants to beef up his resume for law school, pass it on:

Come join Green Street and Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools for a two-day workshop in teaching and learning! HOT Schools values a strong focus on integrating the arts and alternative learning into the classroom (i.e., not lectures) in an effort to address various domains of learning and narrow the achievement gap.

To apply, please answer the following questions and send to salewis(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by January 21st:

1. What is your academic background in education and related areas
(sociology, psychology, urban studies, public policy etc.)?
2. What is your background in teaching, tutoring, mentoring,
childcare, or other work with children?
3. What else are you involved with at Wes?
4. What do you hope to gain from the HOT Schools institute?

Feel free to contact either salewis@wes or aribner@wes with any further questions! For more information, click here.

Deadline: January 21
Contact: salewis@wes, aribner@wes

Andy Ribner ’14 Presents: Technology in Education

Andy Ribner ’14 has had his own tag for a while now. So has “free food.” This event fulfills both categories:

Interested in the growing role of technology in education? Interested in free dinner? Come to PAC107 Thursday night at 7!

What is the power of curriculum and how can the use of computer tablets serve as a tool for enhancing students’ learning? Come experience a science instructional sequence that engages students in active learning, in which their investigations give rise to deep learning. Learn about how the current policy context in K-12 schools supports this approach to instruction and discuss the affordances of technology in creating opportunities for learner-centered curriculum.

Education Policy Speaker Series: Shamus Khan

Good ol’ Andy Ribner ’14 is making a break with routine, with an event slated for 4:30 this afternoon, if you’re looking to perhaps avoid or deconstruct “How Lawyers Write”:

Come hear Professor Shamus Khan of Columbia University speak on his book “Privilege”.

From Columbia’s website:
“Khan is currently researching the history of elites in New York City, the structure of fame, and deliberative decision-making in multiethnic groups.

With a primary focus on inequality, Khan’s first book, Privilege, explored the life of an elite boarding school. Rather than write on the poor, Khan emphasizes the importance of knowing more about the rich when making sense of contemporary inequality. Khan has also written on the development of gender theory and political decision-making. He is editing a book on research methodology, The Practice of Research (Oxford) and a monograph on the Elite New York, Exceptional: The Elites of New York and the Story of American Inequality.”

Date: Today, November 29th
Time: 4:30pm
Place: PAC001
Facebook Event: Link.

Education Policy Speaker Series: Barbara Madeloni

Insert snarky crack about how Andy Ribner ’14 should talk about education for once:

Come hear Barbara Madeloni, former director of the secondary school teacher preparation program at UMass Amherst, speak about teacher preparation and her struggles with the changing landscape of evaluation. Madeloni, despite excellent reviews, was asked to leave when she spoke out against a new certification process run by for-profit education company Pearson.

For more information, click here.

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: PAC 002
Cost: Free

Education Policy Speaker Series: Ansley Erickson

Andrew Ribner ’14 wants you all to know about the next event in the Education Policy Speaker Series:

Come hear Assistant Professor of History and Education Ansley Erickson of Teachers College in New York City talk about Persistent Segregation and the Idea of Choice in American Education.

Erickson is an educational historian who focuses on educational inequality and the interaction between schooling, urban and
metropolitan space, and economic change. She has worked with a number of reform groups and has done ethnographic research in urban schools in New York City.

*This is a part of a weekly speaker series on Education Policy in the US.

Date: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: PAC 002

Education Policy Speaker Series: Patrick Riccards

Andy Ribner ’14 is interested in education, wants to tell you all about it:

Come hear Patrick Riccards, CEO of ConnCAN (Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now) talk about the evolution of the CT education reform movement. The bill (approved Feb-May 2012) seeks to address a number of the central questions in the education reform debates nationwide. ConnCAN was one of the biggest supporters of the reform bill.

This is part of a weekly speaker series on education policy.

Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: PAC 002
Facebook: Event