Journey Grants offer endless opportunities for education-enriching experiences. Here are a few opportunities for education majors. Consult with your faculty advisor for more suggestions. Visit the Jewell Journey Grants page to complete an online application.
- Teaching with respect and for effective learning
A variety of programs and conferences invite people to learn about populations with whom participants may have had limited interaction and, therefore, about whom participants have limited knowledge. Faculty will assist Education majors in identifying a workshop, institute, program, conference or public school program in the United States that will build their knowledge about students who live in low-income families, have limited English proficiency, come from a non-dominant culture, attend urban public schools or are oppressed based on some personal characteristic. Such educational opportunities also focus on consideration of multiple perspectives, challenging personal assumptions and developing the dispositions, knowledge and skills to teach every child effectively. Within this category there may also be opportunities for students to do research in such a setting. Costs for these activities will vary widely depending upon length, objectives and location so a Journey Grant could be used to fund most or a portion of the cost.
- British Teacher Education Program
Every other year the Jewell Department of Education takes a group of teacher education majors to the schools around Chippenham, England, where they experience British education based on TOPIC work, similar to the integrated model taught at Jewell. Both elementary and secondary education majors are eligible for this month-long program which occurs mostly in the month of June. The program includes three days of work in British schools, a seminar day and three-day weekends wherein students may travel to the rest of Britain or Europe. A Journey Grant could be used to fund a portion of the cost of this program, but the student would have to pay the balance.
- University of Virginia Summer Institute on Academic Diversity
Each summer the University of Virginia sponsors this one-week conference which focuses on differentiating instruction for diverse learners in elementary and secondary schools. This institute offers sessions that provide a natural extension of ideas learned in the sophomore year at Jewell with more depth (juniors would also benefit). This Institute is designed for practicing teachers but Education faculty are convinced our majors would be prepared and thus would have the opportunity to network with teachers who plan to implement these new ideas in their classrooms. Cost varies from year to year but a Journey Grant could be used to fund most of the costs of this Institute.
- Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Summer Conference or Regional Institute
ASCD offers many opportunities for teacher professional development throughout the academic year and holds a summer conference for practicing teachers. These sessions are always on the cutting edge, translating emerging theories about effective educational practices into sessions that teachers can use to change their own practice. The week-long summer conference is always an opportunity to learn new practices in depth and discuss emerging trends in education with other teachers. Students are welcome at ASCD and a Journey Grant could be used to fund most of the costs of the summer conference, if not all of them (location sometimes drives cost up).
- Reggio Emilia study opportunities in Italy
Although primarily an early childhood model, elementary education majors, even secondary majors, would benefit from learning the tenets of this discovery approach to learning. Faculty will assist interested students to identify a reputable Italian or U.S. based Reggio Emilia study opportunity (such as the Reggio Children Professional Development programs). A Journey Grant could be used to fund a portion of the cost of this program but the student would have to pay the balance.