Multiple Subject Core School Hosting Symposium Jan. 28

Posted by Pamela Van Halsema on January 19, 2012 11:45 AM


Mary Collins School, one of the CORE collaboration school sites for the Multiple Subject Credential Program is hosting their annual Symposium for educators this month, and invites the local education community to participate on Saturday, January 28, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. SSU student teachers, faculty and alumni will attend the event, which provides a setting for collaboration about big ideas in teaching and learning.

This year's speakers for the Symposium are Dr. Jo Boaler and  Dr. Peggy Albers. Dr. Boaler will be talking about, "Beautiful Math: How successful school approaches change students' lives" and Dr. Albers will be speaking about,  "Working Critically in the Arts". This is a fabulous opportunity to hear both Peggy Albers and Jo Boaler, dialogue in small groups with other educators around the county and be able to ask them questions.

For more information and to sign up to attend, download the registration form.

About the Symposium

Now in its 10th year, the Symposium typically highlights teaching and learning in literacy and mathematics, typically featuring a presenter in each subject.  To prepare for the Symposium, Mary Collins faculty engages in professional book clubs, reading books and articles of the featured presenters.  The Symposium itself kicks off with a Parent Night, in which featured presenters share important educational research, providing a glimpse of the big ideas their children's teachers will be studying in the Symposium. The teachers spend the following day engaging with the presenters, thinking about and leveraging theory into practice.

The third day in the Symposium their doors to the community to continue the conversation with colleagues from around the greater Bay Area.  Featured presenters start off the morning by introducing the group to another aspect of their work, simultaneously building on the previous days and integrating new teachers into the conversation. Throughout the Symposium Mary Collins teachers take the lead, facilitating collegial dialogues that consider the application of research and theory site-based and in the district and expanded to the broader community.

About Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley

Mary Collins School has been a collaboration site for the Multiple Subject Credential Program for over a decade.  Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley "converted" to a charter to preserve their constructivist and child-centered approaches to teaching and learning when they saw it being slowly eroded by district pressures. With a tradition of learning through the arts and engaging the whole child and the world in which  (s)he lives, they established tenets and a mission to help us maintain our school's focus and our identity.  A big part of their mission is that teachers maintain their lifelong learning stance and to that end make every effort to stay current and engaged in educational scholarship.