Mansfield University Pre-Service Teachers Participate in Urban Education Seminar.
Seven Mansfield University students participated in the 2014 Urban Seminar Program.The program 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 intensive (May 18-31, 2014) 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 US Congressman Chaka Fattah on quality teachers and how they can help end the cycle of poverty.The second speaker was 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.This is the eleventh year of Mansfield University's Participation in the Urban Seminar.Dr. Jannis Floyd, associate professor in the Education and Special Education department,has served as coordinator for the program since its inception.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.
Photo:Mansfield University StudentsBrook Klett, Kimberly Troup, Robert Eastwood, Kyle Muldoon, Erin
Harrison, not pictured Victoria McNamee.
Dr. Jannis V. Floyd
Mansfield University Coordinator
208 D Retan Center