UMBC’s Jonathan Singer supports South Korean science teachers through Howard County partnership

The Howard County Public School System, in partnership with the South Korean Iksan District Office of Education, recently invited Jonathan Singer to provide professional development to visiting secondary science teachers from South Korea. “Working with Dr. Singer was a great start,” said partnership coordinator Sunghwa Jung. “His research and the tasks he prepared benefited the Korean science teachers greatly, helping them to reflect on their own teaching practices.” Continue reading UMBC’s Jonathan Singer supports South Korean science teachers through Howard County partnership

UMBC mentors support a record number of Fulbright student award semifinalists

This year UMBC has produced thirty applicants and twenty-two semifinalists—a record number for the university. “I am always happy to share and promote the Fulbright experience wherever I go,” says Brian Souders, UMBC’s Fulbright U.S. Student Award advisor. “I have seen first-hand how it catapults students’ success in a way they never thought possible.” Continue reading UMBC mentors support a record number of Fulbright student award semifinalists

As Lakeland sees continued gains in math scores, UMBC expands local school partnerships

“Teachers are the key lever to student success in the classroom,” Josh Michael says. “By developing their vast skill set in data analysis and engaging in changes to classroom practice, teachers can facilitate learning that creates a strong foundation for long-term success.” Continue reading As Lakeland sees continued gains in math scores, UMBC expands local school partnerships

UMBC celebrates opening of new Lakeland Community and STEAM Center

The South Baltimore center opened its doors on June 1, after a two-year, $1.6 million renovation supported by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in partnership with UMBC. Sen. Ben Cardin called the space “a resource for people of all ages to acquire life-changing knowledge and skills.” Continue reading UMBC celebrates opening of new Lakeland Community and STEAM Center

UMBC celebrates alumni educators in Maryland public schools

What do nine UMBC alumni with a passion for basketball, dance, and lacrosse, and fields from biology and biochemistry to information systems and political science have in common? They all chose to teach in Maryland public schools, and all returned to UMBC this May to speak at a special Celebration of Teaching event, launching a campus-wide initiative to increase recruitment and retention of teachers of color in Maryland public schools. Continue reading UMBC celebrates alumni educators in Maryland public schools

UMBC hosts “Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America” conversation

“The book furthers critical conversations about how whiteness, even enacted by teachers of color, prevents educators from seeing and noticing the brilliance of Black boys,” reflects Keisha Allen, assistant professor of education and the UMBC lead in the Learning Center partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools. Continue reading UMBC hosts “Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America” conversation

UMBC receives $6 million gift from the George and Betsy Sherman Family Foundation for two urban education initiatives

“If we don’t serve children and we can’t get education right then we get more of the same. I think things can change for individuals, and if we can change things for individuals then that is where the hope lies,” reflects Mavis Sanders, director for the new center. Continue reading UMBC receives $6 million gift from the George and Betsy Sherman Family Foundation for two urban education initiatives

UMBC’s comprehensive partnership with Lakeland School boosts math performance

“This is not your average partnership,” Carly Haskins, Lakeland math teacher, shared with The Baltimore Sun in a feature story that appeared on the front page. “This is my 16th year teaching, and I’ve never seen anything where the schools are so connected in so many ways.” Continue reading UMBC’s comprehensive partnership with Lakeland School boosts math performance

UMBC researchers address diverse factors impacting U.S. schooling

UMBC researchers from across the humanities and social sciences recently earned press coverage for their work exploring factors that shape K–12 education in the United States. From inclusive language in classrooms to math pedagogy, each offers insights to spur change and further research to improve children’s educational experiences. Continue reading UMBC researchers address diverse factors impacting U.S. schooling

Baltimore City elementary school students learn about college opportunities through UMBC visit

“Bringing fifth graders to campus gives them the opportunity to see themselves at college, and inspires them to see their own education as interesting and meaningful,” said Jaelyn Bos ’17, biological sciences and environmental science. Continue reading Baltimore City elementary school students learn about college opportunities through UMBC visit

Zero tolerance laws contribute to racial disparities in U.S. public schools, research by F. Chris Curran reveals

“Clearly, such zero tolerance laws were meant to improve the safety and order of the school environment,” writes F. Chris Curran in a new article in The Conversation. “However, in recent years, they have been seen as being overly prescriptive and as contributing to racial disparities in school discipline.” Continue reading Zero tolerance laws contribute to racial disparities in U.S. public schools, research by F. Chris Curran reveals

Nancy Rankie Shelton publishes thought-provoking memoir about love, loss, and survival

Shelton, a professor of education, is author of a powerful new book that is already receiving significant praise for its contributions to the growing body of literature on living and dying well. The book, titled “5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival,” was published earlier this month by Garn Press. Continue reading Nancy Rankie Shelton publishes thought-provoking memoir about love, loss, and survival

UMBC prepares next generation of leading K-12 educators with commitment to community

“As the Baltimore County Teacher of the Year, Carter is noted for his enthusiasm, his authenticity, and his work to be a champion for students inside and outside of the classroom,” writes Education Post, in a new story highlighting Corey Carter ’08, biological sciences, ’10 M.A.T. Continue reading UMBC prepares next generation of leading K-12 educators with commitment to community

Sarah Shin selected for American Association of State Colleges and Universities leadership program

“I feel privileged to be selected to participate in the inaugural class of AASCU’s Emerging Leaders Program,” says Shin. “This is a great honor for our university and a fantastic opportunity for me to engage with experienced leaders and experts in higher education.” Continue reading Sarah Shin selected for American Association of State Colleges and Universities leadership program

Department of Education Arts Integration Conference

UMBC’s Department of Education hosts 10th Annual Arts Integration Conference with focus on social justice

The conference, developed for P-12 teachers, teacher candidates, and youth leaders, focused on how integrating visual arts, dance, music, and theatre into curricula can help build cultural awareness, enhance community engagement, and provide opportunities for students to become advocates for social justice. Continue reading UMBC’s Department of Education hosts 10th Annual Arts Integration Conference with focus on social justice

UMBC's Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

What will it take to move the dial on the representation of diverse faculty at U.S. colleges and universities? Marketplace, a leading radio program on business and the economy, tackles this question in two new stories highlighting UMBC’s work to train, recruit, hire and retain diverse faculty. Continue reading Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

Now in its third cohort, UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity program recognizes and supports talented scholars who are emerging as cutting-edge researchers and educators in their fields. UMBC’s newest group of fellows was formally introduced to the university community at a welcome reception held December 10, 2015. Continue reading UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

UMBC education department, CADVC partner with Arbutus Middle School on environmental art outreach

As part of an ongoing partnership with professional development schools, UMBC’s education department and Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) hosted Arbutus Middle School students and teachers on campus October 26 and Nov 2 to learn about environmental … Continue reading UMBC education department, CADVC partner with Arbutus Middle School on environmental art outreach

UMBC TESOL associate director wins 2015 TESOL International Association research grant

The TESOL International Association has announced the recipients of its 2015 research mini-grants, and UMBC’s Heidi Faust is the winner of a grant to research English teacher professional development through professional learning communities (PLCs). The project, titled “Sustaining Professional Development through Professional Learning Communities: A Case Study of the Impact on Teacher Identity and Practice at a Peruvian Binational Center,” will investigate the impact of professional learning communities on English language teachers as the global demand for access to English increases and more teachers are transitioning from teaching English to adults to younger learners. “Without knowledge to manage the developmental, … Continue reading UMBC TESOL associate director wins 2015 TESOL International Association research grant

Joan Shin, Education, Writes about the International Children’s Song Approach in The Conversation

Joan Shin, education professor of practice, recently published an article in The Conversation that examined the power of using children’s songs to introduce children to different cultures and the world around them. “Without realizing it, children learn language and content simultaneously. Songs build skills that help children distinguish the sounds of a language, and connect sound to script and assist with vocabulary building,” Shin wrote. Shin discussed the teaching approach she developed that combines her song research and search for cultural materials to teach English as a global language. Shin’s “international children’s song approach” uses songs from around the world as a method … Continue reading Joan Shin, Education, Writes about the International Children’s Song Approach in The Conversation

Education Department Announces First Summer Enrichment Experience Scholars Program

In keeping with our commitment to developing programs that promote the well-being and success of our Professional Development Schools’ (PDS) P-12 students, the UMBC Education Department is pleased to announce its first Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) Scholars program. With their principal and mentor teacher’s endorsement, UMBC teacher candidates have nominated students from their internship classrooms to attend the summer learning camps at UMBC – free of charge.  A total of seven students from UMBC PDS schools have been selected as SEE Scholars. Four students from Violetville Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City will attend Measuring Up! What’s in a Number, an innovative math … Continue reading Education Department Announces First Summer Enrichment Experience Scholars Program

Joan Shin, Education, Wins Prestigious English-Speaking Union Book Award

Joan Shin, Education Professor of Practice, has received additional recognition for her book series Our World with National Geographic Learning. The series is designed to give learners the skills and knowledge they need to learn English and understand the world around them. Our World: Level 4, has been chosen as the Best Entry for Learners in the HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards, part of the English-Speaking Union (ESU). The award series was founded in the 1970s to acknowledge innovation and achievement in the field of English language teaching. Winners are selected for originality and substance by a panel of widely respected … Continue reading Joan Shin, Education, Wins Prestigious English-Speaking Union Book Award