Education Students Invited to Experience Diversity of Puerto Rico
by Pamela Batson (April 2009)
A unique experience awaits education students who will travel to Puerto Rico in August for a two-week seminar. The course is designed to introduce students in the elementary education, early childhood, and world languages (Spanish) majors to the culture and educational system of Puerto Rico. As prospective teachers, they will learn to work with diverse learners and communities and gain a greater appreciation of cross-cultural dynamics.
The 3-credit course will be held August 2-16 at the Universidad del Este’s campus in Carolina and will include cultural excursions and teaching experiences in Puerto Rican schools. The seminar is limited to ten students.
“In collaboration with Associate Dean Jackie Edmondson, we are developing diverse experiences that aim to prepare our students for a culturally responsive and lifelong reflective teaching career,” said Maria Schmidt, program coordinator and assistant dean for multicultural programs.
She adds, “I love taking our education students to Puerto Rico to provide experiences that facilitate understanding of cultural diversity in the classroom. On top of that, it’s a beautiful territory with strong ties to the U.S. mainland.”