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Undergrads: Two-Week Course Offers Teaching Experience in Philadelphia Schools

Education majors: Gain valuable field experience by participating in a two-week, 3-credit seminar in urban Philadelphia schools this May.

by Joe Savrock (February 2011)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State education majors can gain valuable field experience this May by participating in a two-week, 3-credit seminar in the classrooms of urban Philadelphia schools.

The course, CI 295D: The Philadelphia Urban Seminar, allows participants to apply what they have learned in previous Penn State courses. Professor-in-charge of the course is Jeanine M. Staples, assistant professor of language and literacy education.

The Penn State students will join hundreds of other students from universities throughout Pennsylvania, working directly with children and teachers in urban public school classrooms. Placements are available in pre-kindergarten through secondary education, as well as in special education.

Students will attend lectures and workshops presented by leading urban educators and researchers. They will participate in community service work, attend cultural events, and engage with readings on urban teaching and social justice.

The course offers its participants a unique immersion experience and exposure to diversity in Philadelphia’s public school system. Participants will spend the weekdays working with children and teachers in the classrooms. In the evenings, they will attend cultural events in the city and learning forums that will encourage reflection on each day’s experiences. During the weekend, they will take part in organized community service and social activities.

Students still have time to register for the course. Interested students are asked to contact Lisa Clapper at lrc139@outreach.psu.edu before March 1. For further information, download the course brochure.

All registrants must have obtained security clearances. To review the required clearances, please visit the Web site of the Curriculum and Instruction Field Experiences Office: www.ed.psu.edu/educ/cife/clearances