Dates: June 24 - July 5, 2019; Institute attendance: June 24-June 28, 2019 8:00 am-5:30 pm Post work: July 1-July 5, 2019; Location: Champlain College; Students should contact the Middle Grades Collaborative before registering: firstname.lastname@example.org 802-654-2636, www.middlegradesinstitute.org Title: Promoting Equity in the Middle Grades
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 middlegradesinstitute.org or contact the instructor.
This strand is intended to be personalized to the needs of the participant. As such, students will select from an array of resources and tasks to inform their learning and action research proposals. Topics include Defining Equity, Exploring Bias and Privilege, Deficit vs. Strength and Structural- Based Thinking, Decentering Whiteness in the Curriculum, Reconsidering Developmentalism, Celebrating Diversity vs. Combating Inequity, Hidden Curriculum and the Fallacy of Neutrality, and Talking Equity: Language Changes that Promote Equity in the Classroom
Strand Readings • Evidence of completion through; references during class discussions, inclusion in team simulation project, and integration into action research proposal. Participation • Daily attendance, active involvement, and willing contributor to class discussions. Action Research Proposal • What is your vision for teaching and learning in the middle years? The Middle Level Action Research Project is a proposal and implementation of change in a participant’s middle level practice. This reflects current middle level practices that are developmentally responsive to the nature and needs of young adolescents. Online Discussion • The online forum is a way for participants to continue strand conversations beyond the Institute week and help each other implement our Inquiry Projects. Regular posts and responses are recommended during the week of the Institute. Presentation • The conference presentation showcases the ins and outs of participants’ Action Research Projects. It is a day of peer learning and a celebration of the work students have done to implement Action Research Projects.
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