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EDML 270 – Middle School Org & Pedagogy

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Focuses on exploring theory and practice in responsive school organization for young adolescents, including interdisciplinary/partner teaming, block scheduling, and teacher advisories, as well as teaching lessons in one area of specialization. Pre/co-requisite: EDML 024, EDML 056.

Section Description: This summer, this course is being offered through the annual Middle Grades Institute. The theme for the Institute is Advancing Equity in the Middle Grades, in light of the education reforms of Act 77 - personalized learning, proficiency-based education, and flexible pathways. During the week, participants will attend sessions held specifically for their pathway, as well as sessions held for all institute participants. Small group discussions, one-on-one consultations, special events, and visiting teams and students, round out the opportunities. Every effort is made to model best middle level practice throughout the institute. Participants in this strand will work toward learning targets specific to earning the Vermont middle grades endorsement. For more information, please visit or contact the instructor. For this strand, we will examine how middle schools have evolved from the traditional “junior” version of high school into institutions dedicated to providing developmentally responsive pedagogy for early adolescents. These schools have specific structures that directly address the unique physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs of students ages 10-14. Participants in this course will explore the design of these structures, including interdisciplinary and partner team development, teacher advisory and teacher-based guidance, transitions, community service learning, grouping, scheduling, and family involvement.

CRN: 61882

Section: SW1

Enrolled/Seats: 7/5

Days Time Location
MTWRF 08:00 - 17:30 Location in VT or out of state SEE NOTES

Instructor(s): Penny Anne Bishop

Meeting Dates: 24 Jun 2019 - 05 Jul 2019