For three and a half weeks each July, a handful of classrooms on Brown’s campus transform into a mini-high school of sorts, hosting around 300 Providence-area students and providing the University’s secondary school teaching candidates with hands-on classroom experience.
The experience is part of Brown Summer High School, which just completed its 38th year.
“It’s rare that you have a program last as long as it’s lasted and remain both viable and valuable,” said Eileen Landay, an adjunct senior lecturer in the Department of Education who directed the program for 14 years until the summer of 2005. “Though it often goes under the radar of other students and faculty, it’s been an important part of the University’s relationship with the community.”
Professor Bil Johnson presented at the 4th Annual International Conference on Teacher Education and Social Justice, January 12-14, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. His workshop was entitled “Starting the Dialogue about Race and Social Justice”.
Project ARISE is a cross-disciplinary collaboration that is a hallmark at Brown. The program was created by faculty and staff in three departments: Stein, a lecturer in the Department of Neuroscience; Lawrence Wakeford, director of science education in the Department of Education; and Jennifer Aizenman, a scientist who is currently a curriculum design specialist in the Office of Summer and Continuing Studies. The program will also include graduate students in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, who’ll deliver instruction to high school teachers and assist them in their classrooms. Read the press release about this exciting program.