2011-2012 Year in Review
2011-2012 was an exciting year for the School of Education! During the Fall 2011 semester, Education seniors completed their Student Teaching in Beverly, Reading, Marblehead, and West Newbury elementary schools. This involved being immersed in a classroom full-time from September through December. In October, the School of Education, along with the School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies and the Office of the Academic Vice President, sponsored a presentation on Recent Advances in Understanding Bullying & Cyberbullying by Elizabeth Englander, Director of the MA Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University. This well-attended event helped to increase awareness of the bullying issue and sparked conversations about future initiatives.
In February, Principal Salome Thomas-El spent a day at Endicott interacting with Education students. Salome Thomas-El is a national education expert, author, and consultant. He was a teacher and principal with the Philadelphia School District from 1987-2009 and is currently a principal in Delaware. Principal El is a regular contributor on “The Dr. Oz Show” and the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay, about his Vaux Middle School experience, and The Immortality of Influence, which stresses the importance of mentoring, parenting and service to others. Principal El’s main message to the Education students was that each and every one of them can make a difference in a child’s life. The School of Education was also instrumental in having Principal El return to Endicott in May as the 2012 Commencement speaker. During his visit in May, Principal El was presented with a School of Education sweatshirt, which features one of his memorable quotes: “Every child deserves someone to be crazy about them”. We look forward to future collaborations with Principal El!
The annual Education Reception was held in April for seniors and their cooperating teachers. This event was attended by Endicott administration, faculty and staff, local teachers who supervised the seniors during their student teaching, and education alumni. It was a great opportunity for the seniors to honor their supervising teachers, as well as for alumni to reconnect with Endicott faculty and staff. The 2011-2012 school year was capped off by the Senior Thesis conference. Presentations by education seniors focused on the topics of community, special needs, values across the curriculum, technology in education, health and wellness, and communication. We are so proud of the Class of 2012 and wish you all the best in the days ahead!
The Alpha Beta Sigma chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (the International Honor Society in Education), the Education Club, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Endicott Student Chapter sponsored and participated in a wide variety of events and activities, including after-school programs for children in the local community, events for children of Endicott staff and faculty, and trips to local museums. Of special note, the Education Club was awarded the 2012 Community Engagement Award by ECO (Endicott Clubs & Organizations). Congratulations!