Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Programs in Action at Gevirtz School

A long time reader sent these events along -- they look pretty interesting. --Sara

*UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School presents Programs in Action, three dynamic, free, and open to the public demonstrations of the state of teaching *

UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education will provide the
local community with three free, open-to-the-public demonstrations of
the state of teaching in a series called Programs in Action. The events
underscore the Gevirtz School’s partnerships around the UC Santa Barbara
campus and with local schools, while illustrating how the school brings
innovation, imagination, and inspiration to the field of education.

The events are:

*Chemistry for 5th Grade: Motivation, Inspiration, and Achievement in the Physical Sciences*
Thursday, November 6, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Physical Science Building North 1652, UCSB

Dr. Petra van Koppen, Senior Lecturer of chemistry and biochemistry and
faculty partner with the Gevirtz School, will demonstrate how UCSB is
using inquiry-based, hands-on workshops to enhance the performance and
enjoyment of fifth grade students in the physical sciences; methods
which are then being expanded upon by teachers in some of the area’s
most diverse schools.

*Model Programs for Pre-Schoolers*
Wednesday, November 12, 9 am – 10 am
Harding School, 1625 Robbins Street

Dr. Sally Kingston, principal of Harding Elementary School in Santa
Barbara, will be our guide as we observe Harding’s Reggio pre-school and
three other pre-school programs. Visitors will see the new Pre-K –
Kindergarten playground designed by early childhood education experts
and learn from Dr. Kingston how Harding’s pre-school programs are
integrated with K-2 teaching and learning.

*Using Smart Classroom Technology to Improve Teacher Preparation*
Tuesday, November 18, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Phelps Hall 3518, UCSB

Dr. Tine Sloan, director of the Gevirtz School’s Teacher Educa­tion
Program, and Dr. Willis Copeland will offer an interactive demonstration
of how the Gevirtz School uses cutting edge technology, from smart
boards and huddle boards to video and clickers, to improve teaching and
student learning.

Because of the intimate nature of these events, space is limited, the
School asks that attendees RSVP to Nikkia Pannell
( or 805-893-5994). Each event will feature
discussion and refreshments.

Programs in Action is one component of the Gevirtz School’s year-long
celebration of “100 years of preparing educators.” The Santa Barbara
State Normal School – the predecessor school to UC Santa Barbara – was
established as a two-year college program for training manual arts and
home economics teachers in 1909. The Gevirtz School prepares teachers,
educational researchers, psychologists, and school leaders who are
committed to improving public education — and thus every child’s
experience in the classroom and beyond — through research and collaboration.


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