Friday, April 5th
12:30-1:00 pm
Gordon Career Center

Information meeting for anyone minoring in Education Studies or wondering what is involved in minoring in Education Studies.

Friday, April 5th
1:00-2:00 pm
Gordon Career Center

Alumni Panel featuring Alix Liss '16 and Alison Denzer-King '16. Learn about the different paths each took working in education after graduation. Click here to read more. Lunch  provided

Thursday, March 28th
12:00-1:00 PM
PAC 002

Are We Heading for a Charter School 'Bubble'?: Lessons from the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Presented by Preston Green III, the Jonathan D. Harber Fellow in Education and Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan.

In his presentation he will explain how charter schools are developing conditions similar to the subprime mortgage crisis. This presentation will also discuss how a charter school "bubble" might form in African-American communities. 

Preston Green III is currently the Jonathan D. Harber Fellow in Education and Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan. He has a BA from Virginia and a JD from Columbia. He is a professor of educational leadership and law at the University of Connecticut, author of five books and numerous articles. He primarily focuses on the legal and policy issues pertaining to educational access and school choice.

Pizza Lunch Provided.

March 26th, 2019 through ~ April 6th, 2019
Wesleyan Book Buds Program

The Wesleyan Book Buds program was organized by a group of students this semester to start up a book drives on campus and in the Middletown community. The goal of Wesleyan Book Buds is to collect books that will be donated to low-income children at elementary schools, child centers, religious centers, and other educational organizations to help bridge the book accessibility and achievement gap.

We have collected books throughout the semester, but are planning to hold a campus-wide event to collect a larger amount of books by advertising the event online and through flyers that will be placed around campus. We are collecting children's books from students, faculty, and staff and will be distributing the books we collect towards the end of the semester.

We are asking a few campus locations if they are willing to allow us to place a donation bin in their facilities to act as a donation site for the Wesleyan Book Buds. We have already received confirmations from a few campus locations, such as Allbritton, the Resource Center, Olin, and 200 Church. I was hoping that you can share this information with your students, colleagues, and the Education Studies listserv. Below is a link to the Facebook event.

Monday, February 25, 2019
12:20-1:20 PM
Judd Hall 116

Conceptual Models of Creativity - and potential applied benefits

A talk by Professor James C. Kaufman, University of Connecticut

Prof. Kaufman will discuss a few models of creativity, such as the Four C’s and the Propulsion model, which offer broader conceptions of the construct. He will then talk about positive outcomes from creativity, a generally understudied area, and highlight some promising areas for more empirical investigation.

James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 35 books, including Creativity 101 (2nd Edition, 2016) and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (with Robert Sternberg; 2010). He has published 250 papers, including the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect” and three well-known theories of creativity, including (with Ron Beghetto) the Four-C Model of Creativity. He is a past president of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association. James has won many awards, including Mensa’s research award, the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and APA’s Berlyne and Farnsworth awards. He co-founded two major journals (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture) and currently co-edits the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. He has tested Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s creativity on CNN, appeared in the hit Australia show Redesign Your Brain, and narrated the comic book documentary Independents. He wrote the book and lyrics to Discovering Magenta, which had its NYC premiere in 2015.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
Boger Hall 112

Neha Vora: Teach for Arabia

Neha Vora, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lafayette College and Wesleyan alum, will present on her recently published second book, Teach for Arabia: American Universities, Liberalism, and Transnational Qatar. Here, Vora offers an ethnographic account of the experiences of students, faculty, and administrators in Education City, Qatar. Education City, home to branch campuses for six elite American universities, represents the Qatari government's multibillion dollar investment over the last two decades in growing a local knowledge-based economy. Though leaders have eagerly welcomed these institutions, not all citizens embrace the U.S. universities in their midst. Some critics see them as emblematic of a turn away from traditional values towards Westernization. Qatari students who attend these schools often feel d and segregated within their spaces.  

Neha Vora considers how American branch campuses influence notions of identity and citizenship among both citizen and non-citizen residents and contribute to national imaginings of the future and a transnational Qatar. Looking beyond the branch campus, she also confronts mythologies of liberal and illiberal peoples, places, and ideologies that have developed around these universities. Supporters and detractors alike of branch campuses have long ignored the imperial histories of American universities and the exclusions and inequalities that continue to animate daily academic life. From the vantage point of Qatar, Teach for Arabia challenges the assumed mantle of liberalism in Western institutions and illuminates how people can contribute to decolonized university life and knowledge production.