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Previous Events

Master of Arts in Teaching Info Session

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 275
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Learn how the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program equips future teachers with the tools required to fill the most pressing needs of urban secondary school classrooms in the United States. Registration is required, please register here.

Program features include:

  • Small cohort size that enables powerful community-building
  • Specializations in secondary English Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Math, and Science
  • An immersive 4-week summer experience teaching local students, plus a 1- year residency in a Providence district or charter school
  • Culturally responsive teaching that promotes authentic engagement and academic rigor among diverse students
  • Generous merit and need-based scholarships up to the full cost of tuition, living stipends, health fees and insurance

Meet current students and faculty to learn about the redesigned program for the 2020-2021 academic year!

Master of Arts in Teaching Info Session for STEM concentrators

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 275
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Are you a Brown undergraduate concentrating in a STEM field? Join faculty and students from the Master of Arts in Teaching program to learn how you can become a secondary teacher (grades 7-12) in the STEM field in one year, and how you can get full tuition and support in the form of loan forgiveness through the Urban Education Fellowship for the degree. Registration is required, please register here.

Program features include:

  • Small cohort size that enables powerful community-building
  • Specializations in secondary English Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Math, and Science
  • An immersive 4-week summer experience teaching local students, plus a 1- year residency in a Providence district or charter school
  • Culturally responsive teaching that promotes authentic engagement and academic rigor among diverse students
  • Generous merit and need-based scholarships up to the full cost of tuition, living stipends, health fees and insurance

Meet current students and faculty to learn about the redesigned program for the 2020-2021 academic year!

Urban Education Policy Master’s Program Information Session

Location: 164 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02912 Room: Room 202
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The info session will also be livestreamed. Registration is required for both in-person attendance and digital participation. Please register here.

Discover how the one-year Urban Education Policy master’s program empowers students to understand, develop, and promote policies that improve educational outcomes for urban students everywhere.

What sets the UEP program apart?

  • A small, highly select cohort of diverse graduate students
  • Combines intensive coursework, 9-month internship experience, and personalized coaching
  • Internships coincide with academic courses that build relevant knowledge and skills
  • Recently revised curriculum that pays special attention to race, class, community, and inequality in the context of urban education

Meet current students and faculty and learn about distinguishing features of the program, research projects led by UEP faculty, the scope of work during the program’s internship placement, and where program alums work and the impact of their work following graduation.

Education Studies DUG Pizza with a Prof

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 275
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Join the Education Studies DUG for a new series called Pizza with a Prof. They’re informal dinners that offer a space for students and professors to get to know each other outside of the classroom. This month’s conversation will be with Chris Buttimer, Adjunct Lecturer.

Education Department Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) Information Luncheon

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 220
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An Information Session for students who are interested in the Education Department’s Engaged Scholars Program . Education Department ESP Advisor Professor Ken Wong, along with currently-participating students, will talk about the ESP experience!

Through concentrations affiliated with Engaged Scholars Program, students passionate about social issues pursue courses of study and action to contextualize abstract theories, challenge assumptions, and develop critical skills that prepare them for their future at Brown and beyond.

Why Are Teachers Striking?

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 202
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West Virginia, Oklahoma, Virginia, Los Angeles, Chicago — teachers across the nation are rising for change. What motivates teacher activism and how does it impact the American Educational system? Join Jonathan Collins, Assistant Professor of Education, and Maribeth Calabro, Providence Teachers Union President, for a conversation on the current state of the Teacher Strike Movement and what it means for Rhode Island schools.
 
Jonathan Collins , Assistant Professor of Education, focuses his research on urban school reform, local politics, race and ethnicity, civic engagement and deliberative democracy. He recently published Do Teachers Want Democracy? Deliberative Culture and Teachers’ Evaluations of Schools in the Urban Affairs Review.
 
Maribeth Calabro, Providence Teachers Union President.
Co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. 

Education Studies DUG Pizza with a Prof

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 275
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Join the Education DUG for a new series called Pizza with a Prof. They’re informal dinners that offer a space for students and professors to get to know each other outside of the classroom. Kicking off the series will be Professor Andrea Flores, Assistant Professor of Education. 

Master of Arts in Teaching Program Digital Info Session

Location: Digital Webinar
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Learn how the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program equips future teachers with the tools required to fill the most pressing needs of urban secondary school classrooms in the United States. Registration is required, please register here.

Program features include:

  • Small cohort size that enables powerful community-building
  • Specializations in secondary English Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Mat, and Science
  • An immersive 4-week summer experience teaching local students, plus a 1- year residency in a Providence district or charter school
  • Culturally responsive teaching that promotes authentic engagement and academic rigor among diverse students
  • Generous merit and need-based scholarships up to the full cost of tuition, living stipends, health fees and insurance

Meet current students and faculty to learn about the redesigned program for the 2020-2021 academic year!

International Education Week 2019

Location: Page-Robinson Hall (previously JWW) Room: 310
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International Education Week (IEW), November 18th-23rd, 2019, is a nationally-recognized week that celebrates different cultures, as well as the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Please join us at the GBC for our annual IEW events.

5th-Year Urban Education Policy Info Session

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 275
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Discover how the one-year Urban Education Policy master’s program empowers students to understand, develop, and promote policies that improve educational outcomes for urban students everywhere.

What sets the UEP program apart?

  • A small, highly select cohort of diverse graduate students
  • Combines intensive coursework, 9-month internship experience, and personalized coaching
  • Internships coincide with academic courses that build relevant knowledge and skills
  • Recently revised curriculum that pays special attention to race, class, community, and inequality in the context of urban education

Meet current students and faculty and learn about distinguishing features of the program, research projects led by UEP faculty, the scope of work during the program’s internship placement, and where program alums work and the impact of their work following graduation.

Plus learn about the benefits for 5th-Year UEP students, such as application fee waived, no GRE scores required, and a 1 course load reduction (8 classes instead of 9)! Registration is requested. Please register here.

Education Studies Pre-registration Party

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 202
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Join the Education DUG on Monday, October 28 from 6:30-8pm to eat pizza, learn more about the Education courses being offered next semester, and talk to students who have taken them! Open to all students, feel free to drop by for as little or long as you’d like! The event will take place at 164 Angell Street, Room 202 (Flex Space). Any questions can be directed to [email protected] .

Learning from Immigrant Youth: Language Brokering in a Time of Cultural Polarization

Location: Friedman Hall Room: Room 208
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Presented by: Marjorie Orellana, Professor of Education (UCLA)

Abstract: In this talk I provide an overview of research on immigrant youth language brokering over the last two decades, considering how understanding of the phenomenon has grown, and what we know about the competencies that youth both develop and display through this work. Given the current sociopolitical context of growing xenophobia and cultural polarization, I suggest what we might all learn from immigrant youth as well as how we might better leverage and support these skills in schools.

Master of Arts in Teaching Information Session

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 202
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Learn how the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching  program equips future teachers with the tools required to fill the most pressing needs of urban secondary school classrooms in the United States.

Program features include:

  • Small cohort size that enables powerful community-building
  • Specializations in secondary English Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Mat, and Science
  • An immersive 4-week summer experience teaching local students, plus a 1- year residency in a Providence district or charter school
  • Culturally responsive teaching that promotes authentic engagement and academic rigor among diverse students
  • Generous merit and need-based scholarships up to the full cost of tuition, living stipends, health fees and insurance

Meet current students and faculty to learn about the redesigned program for the 2020-2021 academic year (please note the redesigned program is currently under review by the Rhode Island Department of Education and Brown will offer admissions for the next academic year only after RIDE has approved the new program).

Registration is required. Please register here.

What’s Next for Providence Schools?

Location: Barus and Holley Room: Room 166
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This workshop is a review and discussion of the distressing report about the Providence Public School District by the John Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. The results of this report led to the state takeover of the district. 

Students will have the opportunity to hear an overview of the report and then will break into smaller groups to hear from Providence public school parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community partners who will share their feedback about the report and the most productive way for Brown to contribute to long term, sustainable impact in the K-12 schools. Confirmed guests as of 10/2 include:


Zack Mezera, Director of Providence Student Union
Melissa Emidy, Director of Inspiring Minds
Chris Monschauer ’18, Hope High School math teacher
Brent Kermen, Principal of D’Abate Elementary School
Christine Wilshire Alves, Rhode Island School for Progressive Education
Soljane Martinez, Annenberg Institute
Sarah Leibel, Brown Education Department

Registration is encouraged. Please register here.  

Urban Education Policy Master’s Program Information Session

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Room 202
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Discover how the one-year Urban Education Policy master’s program empowers students to understand, develop, and promote policies that improve educational outcomes for urban students everywhere. 

What sets the UEP program apart?

  • A small, highly select cohort of diverse graduate students
  • Combines intensive coursework, 9-month internship experience, and personalized coaching
  • Internships coincide with academic courses that build relevant knowledge and skills
  • Recently revised curriculum that pays special attention to race, class, community, and inequality in the context of urban education

Meet current students and faculty and learn about distinguishing features of the program, research projects led by UEP faculty, the scope of work during the program’s internship placement, and where program alums work and the impact of their work following graduation.

The info session will also be livestreamed. Registration is required for both in-person attendance and digital participation. Please register here.

Re/membering: Central American Migration to the U.S.

Location: Alumnae Hall Room: Crystal Room
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[email protected] invites you to our first interdisciplinary conversation on migration research in theory and practice with Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Anthropology, University of California—Irvine.

Re/membering: Histories of Violence, Survival, and Solidarity
in Relation to Central America Migration to the U.S.

The recent arrivals of Central Americans seeking to enter the United States have been construed as an immigration issue. What if these arrivals were instead understood as bearing histories of violence in which the United States is implicated?

To explore this question, this talk draws on the authors’ engaged fieldwork with Central American immigrants and their allies from the 1980s to the present. It suggests that current conditions forcing Central Americans to the United States are deeply rooted in past political, economic and legal violence. In particular, exclusionary policies have displaced individuals, families, and communities, who in turn have become enclosed within national or other spaces. Sanctuaries and caravans have emerged as a means of challenging spatial necropolitics.

Thomas DiPrete ─ How Much Does Schooling Pay? School-to-Work Linkages in Comparative Context

Location: Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Room: Joukowsky Forum Cost: Free
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In this talk, DiPrete draws on systematic analysis of cross-national data from the U.S., Germany, and France to ask: does learning occupation-specific skills enhance one’s labor market outcomes? Is it beneficial to have an educational degree that is linked to only one or a small set of occupations? DiPrete argues that, because there is a great deal of variation in the strength of the education-labor market link across Western societies, the answers to these questions are highly dependent on how strongly linked the education system is to the labor market. Amid rising income inequality, an institutional environment that promotes strong school-to-work pathways appears to be an effective strategy for providing workers with secure, well-paying jobs.

 

https://watson.brown.edu/events/2019/thomas-diprete-how-much-does-schooling-pay-school-work-linkages-comparative-context

“Federalism and Education: Cross National Lessons” lunch talk

Location: 164 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02912 Room: 202 Cost: Free
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The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor in Education Policy and Director of the Brown University Urban Education Policy Program Kenneth Wong will present, “Federalism and Education: Cross National Lessons.

Federalism as a system of decentralized governance has played a central role in charting educational progress in many countries. With an evolving balance between centralization and decentralization, federalism is designed to promote accountability standards without tempering regional and local preferences. Federalism facilitates negotiations both vertically between the central authority and local entities as well as horizontally among diverse interests. Innovative educational practices are often validated by a few local entities prior to scaling up to the national level. Federalism encourages a certain degree of competition at the local and regional level.

Given these critical issues in federalism and education, this presentation examines ongoing challenges and policy strategies in ten countries, namely Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. These case studies, recently published in an edited volume, aim to examine how countries with federal systems govern, finance, and assure quality in their educational systems spanning from early childhood to secondary school graduation. Particular attention is given to functional division between governmental layers of the federal system as well as mechanisms of intergovernmental cooperation both vertically and horizontally. The presentation aims to draw out education policy lessons across the ten federal systems.

Ruth Turley Lopez lunch lecture: “Advancing Equity through Research-Practice Partnerships”

Location: 164 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02912 Room: 202 Cost: Free
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There is growing interest in producing research that directly informs policy and practice in order to advance equity in education. This talk will highlight current efforts, recurring challenges, and possible solutions.

Ruth Turley’s work aims to improve the connection between education research and policy/practice. In 2011, she founded the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a research-practice partnership between Rice University and 10 Houston-area school districts, representing almost 750,000 students. HERC’s research agenda is jointly developed with district leaders, and research findings are shared directly with decision-makers, with the ultimate goal of improving educational equity. In 2015, Dr. Turley founded the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), which supports, develops, and connects RPPs throughout the country. There are currently 30 member partnerships representing cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. To date, she has raised over $25M in research grants for this work. Dr. Turley has served in various elected and appointed positions in national associations such as the American Educational Research Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. She also served on the Texas State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee. She completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University (1996) and her graduate work at Harvard University (1999, 2001). She was a first-generation college student, originally from Laredo, Texas.

“Improving STEM Teacher Professional Development and Curriculum”

Location: 164 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02912 Room: 202 Cost: Free
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In her presentation,“Improving STEM Teacher Professional Development and Curriculum: A Meta-Analysis,” Annenberg Institute Post-doctoral Fellow Kathleen Lynch will present a meta-analysis of preK-12 STEM instructional improvement programs, seeking to understand what content, formats, and activities lead to stronger student outcomes. This work is particularly timely, as the Every Student Succeeds Act requires that districts receiving Title I funds must adopt “evidence-based interventions,” including programs and strategies proven to be effective in raising student achievement. Open to the public, light refreshments served.

Scott Warren is the Chief Executive Officer of Generation Citizen. He co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Ninan during their senior year in 2009, and has worked the last seven years to build up GC’s programming and work to expand action civics throughout the country.

Scott is joined in discussion by Jonathan Collins, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science.


Scott Warren’s new book, Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics details his political awakening alongside stories of how young people have always been the instruments of political change. Generation Citizen is a practical guide, providing concrete steps to jumpstart an engagement with politics and rekindle our love of democracy. Through interviews with students and historical portraits of young people who have enacted great political change - from the civil rights movement to the election of Ronald Reagan to #BlackLivesMatter and the Parkland students’ standing up to gun violence - Generation Citizen shows that time and again, it is the young people who lead the way to change.

“Necesidades Especiales: Intimate Interventions, Early Education and the New Majority”

Location: 164 Angell Street Room: 202 Cost: Free
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Dario Valles, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race & Ethnicity at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs and Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America (CSREA), will present “Necesidades Especiales: Intimate Interventions, Early Education and the New Majority” as part of the Education Department Spring 2019 Speaker Series.

Early education for children plays a critical role in narrowing the US racial achievement gap according to mounting evidence. Central, Mexican-American migrant and Black family childcare providers labor at the front lines of preparing for success an emerging majority-minority generation. Drawing from more than three years of ethnography among early educators in California, Valles elucidates home-based caregivers’ everyday practices to mitigate intersecting inequalities that children with necesidades especiales (special needs) and Black and Latinx youth more broadly experience, drawing the analytic gaze towards providers’ cross-cultural intimate interventions as an inclusive early education model designated for the new racial majority.

Vigil for Maryori Conde

Location: Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center Room: Kasper MPR
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The Chaplains of the University invite members of the Brown community to gather on Thursday, January 24, at 9 PM, in Kasper Multipurpose Room, for a candlelight vigil to honor services being held in Los Angeles for Brown graduate student Maryori Conde (B.A. ’18), by her family. A campus-wide gathering in memory of Maryori is being planned for early February; details will be announced soon.

Lunch Lecture: Emily Rosenzweig, Motivating STEM Learning

Location: Barus Building Room: Dewey Conference Cost: Free
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Join us for this Speaker Series lecture with lunch served! Brown University Education Department Adjunct Lecturer Emily Rosenzweig will present, “Harnessing the Power of Motivation to Promote Math and Science Learning.”

It is critical to help students develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), yet many students do not take advantage of STEM learning opportunities or struggle in STEM courses. These issues are often motivational, such as when students experience boredom, frustration, or lack of confidence. Motivation refers to students’ beliefs, values, goals, and energy that drive them towards or away from learning. This talk will discuss the role of motivation in students’ learning of STEM subjects, focusing on two particular motivational beliefs: Beliefs that learning is valuable and beliefs about the negative aspects of learning (called cost). The talk will first discuss research demonstrating that value and cost beliefs are critical factors affecting students’ math and science engagement and achievement. The talk then discusses intervention work aimed at increasing students’ perceptions of value and reducing their perceptions of cost in order to promote their engagement and achievement in STEM courses.

Become a Teacher: MAT Information Session

Location: Institute at Brown for Environment & Society (IBES) Room: 015 Cost: Free
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LEARN, TEACH, LEAD. Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and teacher certification in secondary English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or physics). Join us at our MAT information session on 12/8 to learn about the program directly from faculty, staff, current students, and alumni.  Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/mat-information today!

Urban Education Policy Master’s Program Info Session

Location: Barus Building Room: Student Lounge Cost: Free
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Become an education change agent! Stay at Brown for a 5th year and earn your master’s in Urban Education Policy. Join us at our 12/6 Brown UEP information session to learn about Brown’s one-year graduate program directly from UEP faculty, staff, and current students. Please RSVP at the below link.

MAT 5th-Year Application Help Session

Location: Barus Building Room: Dewey Conference Room Cost: Free
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Are you a current Brown University senior interested in staying a fifth year to earn your M.A.T. degree with teacher certification in either secondary English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or physics/engineering)?

MAT faculty and staff will be on hand to guide you through the application process and answer any questions! Pizza will be provided.

Please RSVP  by Friday, November 30.

Lunch Lecture: Leigh Wedenoja on Student-Teacher Relationships

Location: Barus Building Room: Dewey Conference Cost: Free
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Join the Education Department for this Speaker Series lecture by Brown University Postdoctoral Research Associate Leigh Wedenoja, “Second Time’s the Charm? How Repeated Student-Teacher Matches Contribute to Cognitive and Non-cognitive Achievement”

There is increasing research on the importance of the student-teacher relationship to student achievement. Recent work has found that elementary students who have the same teacher two years in a row perform better on math exams and surveys of parents and teachers support these types of “looping” classrooms. However, the mechanisms through which a repeat teacher improves performance, especially in middle and high school, is less understood. This talk expands the literature in two ways. First, it estimates the effect of teachers on non-cognitive outcomes: attendance, truancy, and disciplinary incidents. Second, it estimates the effect of having a repeat teacher in middle and high school. We find that having a repeat teacher improves both reading and math scores across all grades and that it decreases absences and truancy in high school. The results are robust to controlling for quality and experience of the repeat teacher. We believe this is evidence that repeat student-teacher matches in middle and high school contribute to students’ engagement in school as even a single repeat teacher improves attendance for all classes.

MAT/UTEP Information Session

Location: Barus Building Room: Dewey Conference Cost: Free
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LEARN, TEACH, LEAD. Earn teacher certification in secondary English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or physics) in one year! Through the 5th-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, you will also receive a master’s degree. Through the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP), earn secondary certification along with your undergraduate degree. Join us for an information session on Thursday, October 25th from 12-1pm at 340 Brook Street, Dewey Conference Room (2nd floor). Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/mat-utep-info .