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Fall 2013 Newsletter
"Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Contemporary Issues" With Darlington and Youngblood
Sonja Darlington and Cecil Youngblood will be teaching another new special topics course entitled, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Contemporary Issues” in spring 2014. This course will investigate the significance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the critical role they provide for African American education in the United States. Until the mid-20th century HBCUs enrolled nearly 100% of all African Americans. Currently, the enrollment at the 105 HBCUs represents 11% of the Black students in the US and HBCUs include public, private, religious, sectarian, two-year, four-year, selective, open, urban, and rural institutions. The goals for the course will focus on understanding why African American students can benefit from an HBCU education, how HBCUs developed in response to the Civil War era politics and continue to address societal needs of African Americans, and how HBCU institutions relate positively to the mission of a liberal arts education.
Darlington and Youngblood have been interested in HBCUs for some time, and after reading some of Marybeth Gasman’s books (e.g., 2010, Unearthing Promise and Potential: Our Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and articles (e.g., 2007, “A Historiography of Gender and Black Colleges”), they became convinced it was time to put their interest into practice. Along with guest speakers from the Beloit community who have attended HBCUs, an introductory dinner with students and HBCU graduates and friends, and class research projects based on a specific HBCU, Darlington and Youngblood hope to have funding so that students in the course can visit two HBCUs in Ohio: Wilberforce and Central State. This trip will be coordinated with Beloit High School, which annually visits an HBCU school.
Both Darlington and Youngblood are eager for Beloit College students to realize some of the benefits from attending an HBCU. To coincide with their course, EDYS is sponsoring the annual Excellence in Teaching Symposim lecture, February 3, 2014, by the prolific scholar Marybeth Gasman, who is a professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Gasman’s scholarship addresses the history of HBCUs, funding and philanthropic topics, contemporary black medical programs/institutions, along with current writing on issues of race, class and gender with her students. They hope that the greater Beloit community will embrace this significant topic by attending the Gasman lecture.
Save the date: February 3, 2014
Introducing our Fall 2013 Student Teacher Faculty Supervisors: Ann Firlus and Carol Fox
Supervising student teachers is a labor-intensive enterprise. Each student must be observed and evaluated at least four times, and each student’s teaching must be fully evaluated by his or her supervisor.
The college supervisor is an intermediary between the college and the student teaching placement. The supervisor is primarily interested in making student teaching a quality experience for all constituents involved. Their concern is for steady growth in teaching rather than the rating of any particular performance. The supervisor’s questions, comments and criticisms are designed to encourage student teachers to develop habits of critical thinking in the examination of their teaching efforts.
The department of Education and Youth Studies is pleased to have former Beloit Memorial High School teacher, Ann Firlus, and former Beloit School District teacher and principal, Carol Fox as our student teacher supervisors this term!
Employment of former principals and teachers in this supervisory capacity is standard practice in teacher education programs: they provide practical and professional perspectives that complement those of college faculty. They also bring with them connections to the local school communities that are invaluable to a teacher education program. Inasmuch as the school district of Beloit has a highly diverse student body, and faculty, the Supervisor will be working closely with college students in developing the level of “cultural literacy” necessary for success in public school classrooms.
Carol Fox writes, “I'm excited about my role as a supervisor for aspiring teachers. I'm passionate about education and the need for teachers who are willing to do what is needed for students. I feel that the key to improving our educational system today is to ensure that we have high quality, dedicated teachers in every classroom. Teachers who are willing to engage students in high quality learning, thinking, and creative endeavors. Beloit College students have an understanding of diversity and the need for providing depth of understanding in learners.”
Thank you! and Welcome! to Ann and Carol.
Welcome to EDYS!
The following students have declared an EDYS Major within the past year:
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