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New course: Leading From the Classroom

August 2013

EDUC 608 Leading from the Classroom is a new course for the Master of Education in Teaching program.

The course debuted this past summer and is being taught by Tom Carpenter, PhD, Director of the School of Education. Students in the course are learning about the new paradigm for leadership in the 21st century. Taking into account their personal strengths, weaknesses and interests, the students examined the various leadership opportunities available to them in their schools and are developing action plans to implement these ideas.

Whether simple, complex, individual or group work, the projects reflected each student's passion about their work. Here is a small representation of what some of the students are implementing in their school communities:

Rachel Ingstad from Wilton is going to use the Inquiry Project Model for her primary grade class to model service learning and community service that will then engage the whole school in a service learning project in October.

Ashley Beyhl is continuing Miss B's Boutique by collecting clothes for needy families. Forty children from these families were identified by the Family Involvement Coordinator and have come to shop. Ashley is continuing this project and expanding it around the themes of service to the community.

Jen Croner is bringing her passion for languages to the Geneseo School District. She wants to promote the learning of a second language to the students by introducing Spanish I at the middle school level with special emphasis in engaging the male population. Introducing a second language at this level will lead to success at the high school level.

Angela McDonald was a successful new teacher in Bettendorf Middle School last year, but found there were a lot of the basics she just didn't know. Keeping track throughout her first year, Angela had to discover where the technology connects were for First Class, where the nurse's office was, right down to what one needs to do on the last day of school. Now she's ready to hit the presses for those who come after her with a New Teacher's Survival Guide whose creativity earned her the first position on Dr. Tom's Christmas Card list.

Four teachers from West HS in Davenport–Katie Choate, Deb Hall, Greg Smith, and Melissa Wallace–have designed an action plan to reclaim the advisory period every other Wednesday to increase the reading amount and level of students at this high school. They will work with the school administration to gain necessary approvals and tailor the program for use during this bi-weekly period and then design the materials and methods to be used by the students .

This fall, Dr. Carpenter and Maggie Woods will visit the students for an update on the progress of their projects. These visits will give the MEDT students the opportunity to display their accomplishments on a professional and personal level.

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