Jill Hermann-Wilmarth has article published in Journal of Literacy Research
Jill Hermann-Wilmarth, associate professor of Socio-Cultural Studies of Education, along with Caitlin L. Ryan of East Carolina University, have had an article published in the Journal of Literacy Research. “Already on the Shelf: Queer Readings of Award-Wining Children's Literature” explores what it might mean to read children’s literature in elementary school classrooms through a queer lens. The authors argue that because queer theory has a history as a literary theory that destabilizes normative associations among gender, sexuality, bodies, and desire, it provides a set of analytical tools classroom communities can draw on to create alternative readings of a wide range of familiar texts. Such readings of books already on the shelves of elementary school libraries and classrooms can highlight experiences and subjectivities of nonnormative sexualities and gender identities in the hopes of making classrooms more inclusive. By first queering on-the-shelf texts and then asking students to think about how that queering connects to larger social issues, elementary classrooms can become places where strict identity categories—categories that can marginalize queer students and families—are made visible, are questioned, are stretched, and can even fall apart.
Posted May 16
TLES chair gives workshop in China
Dr. Regena Nelson, professor in early childhood education and interim chair of the department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies published an article in the US-China Education Review journal titled: A Model for Using Service-Learning in Teacher Education Programs. She conducted the study with preschool programs in Kalamazoo that serve low-income populations, while working as a Poverty Fellow in the Walker Institute for Race and Ethnic Relations at WMU.
Nelson was able to apply the parent engagement component of the model during a recent visit to China when she gave a workshop for parents in Shanghai at the Morgan Rothschild Academy (MRA). Three former WMU early childhood education students - Ashley Carter, Caitlin Clark and Linsey Zarras are teaching preschool and kindergarten at MRA. Dr. Nelson's workshop focused on how play supports young children's creative and social skills. She gave examples of how play can be used throughout the early childhood curriculum to support children's development in all areas.
Posted April 23
Professor presents at Child Welfare League conference
Dr. Andrea Smith, professor in teaching, learning and educational studies, presented at the Child Welfare League of America's National Conference in Washington DC on April 14-17, 2013. The title of her presentation was "Programming for Kinship Care Families: Current and Future Trends.”
Posted April 23
TLES professors published
Paul Farber and Dini Metro-Roland, professors in teaching, learning and educational studies, had a paper accepted for publication. They presented it this March at the Philosophy of Education Society's Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon.
Farber, P. & Dini Metro-Roland (forthcoming) Being on One’s Way: Place, Technology and the Moral Commodification of Education. In Mayo Cris, ed., Philosophy of Education 2013. Urbana: The Philosophy of Education Society.
The pace and sweep of technologically mediated and market-based initiatives in education hold the promise for many of more direct, immediate, and personalized opportunities to learn what and when one wants. The prospect of the new seems to align with Dewey’s admonition to reject the view of education as preparation for life and instead seek its full meaning in life itself. At such a moment of ferment as this, perhaps it is time to downsize investments in the traditional places of preparation, and embrace the power and relevance of the new ways we learn. In this paper, we want to contest this apparent dichotomy. Returning to Dewey’s formulation, we will argue that neither “mere preparation” nor the “full meaning” of educational experience fall neatly on the respective sides of the issue where many would suppose them to be. Furthermore, against the grain of the dichotomous framing of the matter, the significance of preparation, we suggest, warrants further attention as a crucial category of concern precisely as it is bound up with what Dewey called the “spirit of education.”
Posted April 18
TLES professors awarded grant
Assistant professors in teaching, learning and educational studies, Jeffrey Jones and Dini Metro-Roland, were awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities--Enduring Questions Grant ($21,365) to develop and teach a course titled "What is Human Flourishing?"
This course is an invitation to explore the rich and multifaceted nature of the question “What is human flourishing?” Drawing from the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature and the social sciences, we introduce students to the philosophical conceptions, literary visions and grounded conditions of human flourishing, its changing nature across many periods of Western history, and its manifold expressions in contemporary life. An essential component of this course is making connections between the tradition of human flourishing and its practice in the local community. In addition to attending classes, students will participate in a series of site visits to various intentional communities, organizations, art exhibits, musical performances and speaking events, and listen to organizers and artists talk about their conceptions of human flourishing and their efforts to bring it about.
Posted April 18
Michigan radio show hosted by faculty member wins award
"The Living Room," a 1-hour Michigan Radio show, created and hosted by Allison Downey, recently won the Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the Special Interest and Cultural Programming category. The pilot radio show aired twice on Michigan Radio (NPR affiliate) in the fall. The winners were selected by a team of judges that comprised of broadcasting peers who live outside of Michigan. Downey, a performer and associate professor of teaching, learning and educational studies served as host, storyteller, and songwriter for this episode, produced by Zak Rosen.
"The Living Room" celebrates the cultural fabric of Michigan through stories, song, and writing. For this episode, Downey takes a look at how stories of migrations are interwoven into the lives of Michigan residents. The pilot features Allison's own stories and songs, a piece from writer Zilka Joseph, a look at the history of Covert, Michigan, and music from songwriter, Joshua Davis. The podcast of the show and more information can be found on the Michigan Radio website.
Based on the success of the pilot show, Downey and Zak Rosen have teamed up to bring monthly installments of shorter segments of "The Living Room" to be aired during Michigan Radio’s talk show, "Stateside with Cynthia Canty."
The St. Patrick's Day episode of "The Living Room" aired on Thursday, March 14th. It features Yvonne Healy, a Michigan-based Irish-American storyteller, and her story of becoming a "naturalized" American citizen in the 1950s and ultimately reclaiming her full Irish-American identity years later. Downey developed and produced this piece with Zak Rosen.
"The Living Room" segments began airing in February, 2013 and are slated to air through October, 2013.
Posted March 19
Jill Hermann-Wilmarth has article published
Dr. Jill Hermann-Wilmarth, associate professor in teaching, learning and educational studies, has recently had an article published in Language Arts, Vol. 90, No. 3, January 2013. Likewise, there is a podcast of this conversation.
Conversation Currents: Interrupting the Single Story: LGBT Issues in the Language Arts Classroom, Jill Hermann-Wilmarth and Caitlin L. Ryan.
Abstract: Two literacy leaders acknowledge the challenges of teaching LGBT issues in the classroom. While children come from a variety of family structures, it is necessary to acknowledge that a gay individual was once a child sitting in a classroom. An argument against marginalization and an advocacy for inclusion of all learners is discussed.
Posted Febraury 26
Allison Downey launches monthly storytelling segment
Allison Downey, associate professor of teaching, learning and educational studies, has launched a monthly storytelling segment to be aired on Michigan Radio's daily talk show, "Stateside with Cynthia Canty." The March segment will focus on St. Patrick’s Day and feature an Irish storyteller's journey to becoming Irish-American in Michigan.
These segments are produced by independent media producer, Zak Rosen, and are an offshoot of their pilot one-hour radio show, "The Living Room." Downey spent 2010-2011 on sabbatical in NYC researching contemporary storytelling formats.
Past segments that resulted from Allison's work:
Posted February 19
Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Scholarship now open
Applications are currently being accepted for the Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to high school students intending to major in education or undergraduate students enrolled in a teacher preparation program. Please encourage your students or family members to apply for this great scholarship opportunity.
Applications are available in the College of Education and Human Development Advising Office in Sangren Hall. Please note that the application deadline is March 30, 2013. Students will need to provide an essay, two letters of reference and a copy of their college transcript.
Posted February 19