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Macdonough Fundraising Drive: “Extreme Makeover! Resource Room Edition”

Jon Romeo, principal of Macdonough School, write in to let Wesleyan know about a fundraising drive:

Teachers from Macdonough School post projects on Donors Choose, a web site designed to make it easy for anyone to help students in need. The teachers simply post classroom project requests on the site, and people can give any amount to the project that most inspires them.

As the school year comes to a close, we are seeking to get one very special project funded — classroom supplies for our new special education room. Rather than soliciting for a few large donations, our goal is to get hundreds of very small donations. We are hoping that people from the Wesleyan University community will consider donating just one dollar to the following project to support our neighborhood school. If everyone does just a little bit, together we can do a lot!

Feel free to forward this project to others who are interested in supporting education.

Here’s the link to the fundraising drive.

Ed-Connect Launch Reception

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The unstoppable Emily Berman ’13 writes in:

Do you like education? Do you think you like education but have no
idea? Do you want to find a way to learn more about education-related
opportunities on and off-campus? Then please join us to celebrate the
launch of EdConnect!

There will be a demonstration of the website and snacks!

The mission of EdConnect is to foster a community among those who are
interested in education at Wesleyan. This includes those who are
interested in teaching, policy work, research and advocacy. We seek to
create a space for communication among all of these interests.
Additionally, we hope to make opportunities in education, both on and
off campus, more accessible to the student body.

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Place: Zelnick Pavilion

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

Jacques Steinberg Visits the Backdrop of ‘The Gatekeepers’ 10 Years On

On Tuesday night, Jacques Steinberg spoke to a sweltering Memorial Chapel. He is the author of The Gatekeepers, a bestselling nonfiction account of the college admissions process that used Wesleyan as its backdrop, but the subject of the evening revolved around a more urgent issue in higher education than just the insane selectivity of the best schools — that of college affordability. Steinberg had recently left his post at The Choice, the New York Times education blog that he pioneered, to work at a New York-based nonprofit called Say Yes to Education that helps disadvantaged high school students get into college, pay for it, and graduate.

Many of the problems he described, he felt, were too urgent to simply stand by and observe as a journalist. With budget cuts, many college counselors’ caseloads in public schools have ballooned to over 500 students. The student loan/debt cycle is a familiar anxiety to many students here, as well as recent graduates, and he described how some graduates in debt don’t pay off their loans until their children are almost ready to go to college.

He reminded Wesleyan students of how fortunate they were, in spite of the controversy over need-aware admissions. Wesleyan remains one of the few institutions in the country that can meet students’ full demonstrated financial need. The question of the value of higher education, he said, is relatively new and wasn’t really circulating at the time that he wrote The Gatekeepers, but now it will likely become a key policy question in the next few years. He said it will probably become important to ask about vocational and differently-paced tiers of higher education without seeming racist or insulting.

Sex Signs Workshop

Sign language for "hot."Want to practice enthusiastic consent without waking up your roommate? Holly Everett ’15 has got a sexy idea for you:

Good with your hands?

Sign Language House wants you to prove it. Come by the house Wednesday April 10th at 6 pm for a comprehensive lesson in ASL sex signs. We will cover words and phrases relating to sex, sexual arousal, protection, and body parts, as well as discuss issues around sexual education in the Deaf community.

No sign language background necessary.

Feel free to come early (5:30ish) for regular sign house conversation hour with ASL pro Karen Warren.

Date: Today, April 10th
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Sign House (64 Lawn)
Cost: 0

Call for Proposals for Green St. After School Program, Fall 2013

Here’s another one from your dedicated Green Street correspondent, Whoever Puts Up the Post ’13:


In the interest of expanding the curriculum offered to students in our After School programming, we are currently seeking  proposals for innovative and invigorating arts, science, math, and interdisciplinary courses at the Green Street Arts Center (which is also now home to PIMMS,  the Project to  Increase the Mastery of Mathematics and Science).  Green Street currently offers After School programming to 1st-8th grade students, who elect to enroll in classes from one to five days per week.  Classes are typically one hour long and meet once per week.  Classes for middle school students are offered on Mondays through Fridays from 3-4:00 p.m and 4-5:00 p.m., while classes for 1st-5th graders are scheduled from 4-5:00 p.m.We currently offer classes in Visual Arts, Dance and Movement, Music, Theater, Science, and interdisciplinary topics, as well.  More specifically, our most recent After School course offerings have included such topics as:  graffiti, fashion design, animation, art & science, digital photography, mask making, playwriting, improvisational theater, breakdance, hip hop, capoeira, circus, clowning, yoga, songwriting, instrumental music, African drumming, science experiments, sign language, Spanish culture, and more. We strongly encourage the proposal of interdisciplinary classes, especially classes which explore the intersections of art, math, and science.

Apply to Teach Kindergarten Kickstart

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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

Film Screening: American Teacher

"American teacher, stay away from me!  American teacher, mama let me be!  Don't come hangin' around my door!  I don't wanna see your face no more!"

Insert “Andy Ribner ’14 is pretty into education” one-liner here:

“Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system—the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country. Through an interactive and evolving website and a feature-length documentary that brings together educational experts, student interviews, and a year of documenting the day-to-day lives and sacrifices of public school teachers, THE TEACHER SALARY PROJECT will bring an awareness to the real and imminent crisis in our educational system—how little we value our strongest, most committed, and most effective teachers, and the ripple effect this has on how our children learn and their potential for future success.” – americanteacher.org

**Dinner will be provided!**

Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: PAC 001
Cost: Free

Apply to Teach at Breakthrough

A message from Elita Irving ’13 about an amazing summer opportunity in teaching:

Are you interested in teaching this summer? Do you want to have the most challenging and rewarding summer of your life? Consider applying to teach at Breakthrough! The application deadline is February 25 and admissions are rolling. Go here to apply.

In addition, we will be hosting two information sessions about Breakthrough on:
– Thursday February 7th at 4:15pm in Usdan 110
– Wednesday February 13th at 5:15pm in Usdan 110

If you cannot attend the information sessions or if you have any questions, email Elita (eirving[at]wes) or Andy Ribner ’14 (aribner[at]wes).