I am pleased to announce that the College of Education has once again been invited to host a Summer Professional Development Program for teachers from the city of Madrid, Spain. Summer 2015 will mark the 5th consecutive summer in which the COE has developed and offered this international professional development program. Confirmation of the invitation was received last week from the Madrid Regional Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.
In confirming the invitation, the Ministry cited the strong feedback that was received last year from the program participants in the evaluation survey administered at the conclusion of the program.
The official title of the program is LANGUAGE AND METHODOLOGY FOR THE DESIGN OF MATERIALS IN BIOLOGY & GEOLOGY, PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY, AND TECHNOLOGY FOR SECONDARY TEACHERS IN THE COMMUNITY OF MADRID. The program participants are 25 secondary school teachers who participate in English language and STEM intensive courses for four weeks while staying in homes throughout the Chicago area. All courses take place on the 7th floor of the Gage Building. In 2015, the program will take place from June 27th through July 25th.
The COE's Office of Community Engagement is responsible for developing and offering the program. Under the leadership of Associate Dean Teryl ann Rosch, this office received more than $2 million in external funding during the 2013-2014 academic year. John MacDougall, Director of Grant Projects, organized and led the summer program in 2014. In summer 2015, Erin Mackinney, Assistant Professor of ESL and Bilingual Education, will serve as the program director.