Philadelphia Urban Seminar
Mansfield University Pre-Service
Teachers Participate in Urban Education Seminar.
The Urban Seminar is a collaborative
venture with the Philadelphia Public Schools, PA state and private universities
as well as colleges and universities from the region and abroad.
The Urban Education Seminar
is a two week (May) intensive program designed to introduce and provide
pre-service teachers with practical hands on experiences in inner-city
classrooms and communities. Students participated in classroom teaching,
professional development workshops, a community service project, small group
learning forums which included required readings and written assignments were a
part of the experience. This year's professional development workshops included
presentations from Mr. Renny Lajar,
principal of Stetson Middle School who shared his experiences on bringing
positive change to a school that was on the failing list.
Participants resided in
the dorms at LaSalle University. Mansfield University students have
participated in the program for eleven years. Dr. Jannis Floyd, associate
professor in the Education and Special Education department, has served as
coordinator for the program since its inception at Mansfield University. This
program allows our pre-service students to see and confront the stereotypes of
inner cities teaching and to begin to see that children and adolescents are
more similar than they are different and that effective teachers are in urban
areas as well as rural areas.
For more information contact:
Dr. Jannis V. Floyd
Mansfield University Coordinator
207B Retan Center