It’s official: American Promise director Michèle Stephenson is coming to OSU next month. Our College of Education CLD group is organizing and hosting her visit with the generous support of several campus partners.
On Monday, April 14, we will show the short 30 minute version of the film and host a panel discussion about the Black male experience in predominately White schools. This will take place in the Corvallis High School Theater, starting at 4 PM.
On Tuesday, April 15, we will show the longer 80 minute version of the film, followed by a talk with director Michèle Stephenson. This will start at 7 PM in Milam Auditorium.
American Promise follows two boys, one of which is Michèle’s son Idris, from kindergarten through high school graduation. It centers on their experiences as two of just a few African-Americans at the prestigious Dalton School. It speaks to the unique experience of African-American boys in schools, to visibly standing out as an ‘only’ at school, to parenting styles/concerns, to issues of social class, etc.
View the official American Promise film trailer below.
Michael Giallermo, Assistant Professor of Science and Math Education at the OSU Cascades campus, garnered mention in the Bend Bulletin last week in an article about Oregon’s new science curriculum.
Giallermo was one of three educators involved in Oregon’s adoption earlier this month of the Next Generation Science Standards, a K-12 science curriculum adopted by nine other states.
“The standards represent a move away from just a list of facts students need to master before graduation,” Giamellaro said this week. “The vision is that as students move up, they are not just progressing from topic to topic, but seeing connections across core ideas. Standards are also tied to performance expectations, where knowledge and skills are applied.”
Oregon last adopted a new set of science standards in 2009. While those standards began to incorporate more engineering content, the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted March 6, push that even further. However, Giamellaro said the challenge isn’t over what to include, but what to leave out, given how much could be included in a science curriculum.
“In past national efforts on standards, by the time everything that should be there is in, it’s an overwhelming collection of ideas that’s impossible to get to,” Giamellaro said. “Our big focus is on getting to the most important things people will need in a future, as we interact with technology and engineering more.”
The next challenge is deciding how to implement the standards and bring teachers up to speed on the state’s new expectations for science education.
The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards coincides with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, a set of math and English education goals Oregon and most other states will implement in the 2014-15 school year. The Common Core is intended to emphasize critical thinking and has been characterized as more rigorous than current Oregon standards by the state Education Department.
Oregon State University is excited to announce the next courses in our online professional certificate in Free-Choice Learning for science and informal educators.
Designing Learning Environments: Physical dimensions of free-choice learning Online | 30 hours, $540
Learning is influenced by the interaction of variables within three contexts — personal, socio-cultural and physical. This course focuses on how macro-scale environmental factors, like space, crowding and novelty, and micro-scale environmental factors, like design elements, real objects and different media, support free-choice learning. Begins April 1.
Developing Effective Evaluations Online | 15 hours, $390
The course provides a hands-on approach to effectively assessing/evaluating learning and behavior within the free-choice learning contexts such as museums, national parks, zoos, aquariums and broadcast media. The design and implementation of an evaluation is used as a lens for understanding the hows and whys of assessment and evaluation. This course is designed to help professionals design their own evaluation/assessment research as well as become informed consumers of others’ research. Begins April 1.
· No prerequisites, instructor-led, research based
· Peer interaction with professionals across free-choice learning contexts
· Completely online program offers flexible scheduling
· Take one class, or enroll in an entire certificate program and receive a discount
The Northwest Regional Educational Service District’s Outdoor Science School (NOSS) program operates in the fall and spring of each academic year to provide outdoor education to attending 6th grade students at residential, overnight camps in the Willamette Valley and along the Oregon coast. To provide this opportunity to our students, we bring on high school and college-aged counselors to volunteer for a week in Spring or Fall, assisting in the education and engagement of our 6th graders.
In return for the volunteered time and efforts of the counselors, NOSS can offer up to 90 service hours, two Educational credits through Portland Community College, and hands-on experience working with youth in an outdoor educational environment.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the generous business owners who donated gift certificates to the College of Education- OSU Food Drive Raffle this year! Additionally, we appreciate the support of the employees of Trimble Navigation for their donations of food items. Although the final totals are still being calculated, our college food drive raised an equivalent of 2,754 pounds of food during the month of February with the help of our faculty, staff, students, and business partners.
Thanks so much to all of our local businesses who generally donated raffle and food items!