Prof. Lesnick and Posse Students Publish Mentoring Guide
To say it most succinctly, this is what I learned:
Listen with the intent to learn
Respect, trust, and believe the student
Be ready to question institutional norms
Remember that you can’t know what is realistic for someone else
Keep your promises
Expect to move in ways not familiar to you
Lift your students up
Let yourself be lifted up by your students
Spencer Postdoctoral Award Recipient
The Education Department celebrates Dr. Wilson's 2023 Spenser Postdoctoral Fellowship Award! Details about the Postdoctoral Fellow Cohort and Research can be found below.
Education Department Major Announced
“The Curriculum Committee found the proposal for the educational major compelling for its demonstration of curricular depth and clearly articulated pathways for majoring students,” wrote Associate Professor of History Anita Kurimay on behalf of the committee.
The designation as a major also recognizes the importance of education as a field of study that extends well beyond teacher preparation.
Education is Not Neutral; Education is Political
The BiCo Ed Department sees teaching and learning as fundamental to human life, and fundamentally connected to struggles for liberation.
Teaching Within, Against, and Beyond Systems
Coursework challenges students to explore relationships among schooling and other contexts of learning, human development, and social change
Departmental Statement on Use of AI
The proliferation of generative AI (e.g., ChatGPT, Bard, Dall-E, Claude) and non-generative forms (e.g., Google Translate, Grammerly) offer opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to revisit the purpose of education broadly conceived and of learning in any given course. The Education Department takes and advocates an inquiry stance on the ways in which the proliferation of AI can inform thinking, attribution, research, and sharing in the production of knowledge with integrity. AI, like all technologies, can be put to positive and productive or harmful and detrimental use, and its various forms re-raise both new and age-old questions about creativity and ownership in knowledge production. Individual faculty members in the Ed Department will explore particular uses of AI in individual courses.
The Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Department centers on teaching and learning as fundamental to human life and growth, and fundamentally connected to struggles for understanding, liberation, and justice. With a primary focus on relationships, facilitation, and change as the heart of the study and practice of education, we address our students as past, current, and future stakeholders of public education systems, as participants in many other systems and structures, and as prospective teachers, school leaders, researchers, policy makers, activists, artists, and theorists. Defining teaching and learning as social, political, and cultural as well as personal activities, the Education Department challenges students to explore the relationships among schooling and other contexts of learning, human development, and social change as they gain knowledge and skills of educational theory and practice.
See the Student Guidebook for an overview of the major and minor options, requirements, declaration processes, and course offerings.
"So, every day, I’m challenging myself, 'What are you doing, bell, for the creation of the beloved community?' Because that’s the underground, local insistence that I be a fundamental part of the world that I’m in.’’ — bell hooks
Fall 2023 Welcome Back & Course Openings
Welcome to the new semester! We in the Education Department are looking forward with joy to working with you.
In this the first full year of the Education major, we have created four exploratory entry point courses to address the over enrollment with Education 200, and are offering several capstone options.
While this new system settles in, we are taking a responsive approach with the capstones this year, such that students not yet ready to complete the major or minor course of study can still take a 300-level course with the understanding that they will be flexibly designed to meet students where they are.
For those seeking an Education course this Fall, there is space in Education 301: Curriculum and Pedagogy, and in Education 308: Inquiries into Black Study, Language Justice, and Education, so if you hadn't considered one of these because you didn't think you were ready, you are invited to make the consideration now. There is also space in Education 240: Qualitative Research, of particular interest to students interested in research -- its practice and its impacts and possibilities.
You can find out more about these courses in the trico course guide, or by emailing the instructor directly!
To a meaningful and nourishing Fall together,
The Education Department
Education Department COVID Policy & Guidelines
The Education Department's COVID masking policy is consistent with the Bryn Mawr and Haverford College's policies overall. Our course classrooms are mask-friendly, meaning masks are welcome, but not required but not required, unless the instructor working with the class decides to create a class requirement informed by the class community’s needs. We will continue to emphasize care and consideration for each other's needs and desires, and make ongoing decisions, centering these.
When students are attending their educational internships, they should learn and follow the COVID guidelines of the school or program community.
Check out the Education page in Majors, Minors, and Concentrations.