Cross Contextual Learning: Internships and Partnerships
All of our courses center praxis - the relationship between theory and practice - as a way of learning. Some courses with an internship involve designated time for travel to an educational site off campus. These internships are dynamic cross-institutional and cross-context relationships between teachers and learners. Some are long-standing collaborations and others are newer, but all are active and growing. As a student in one of these courses, you will be the steward of and participant in one of these educational internship-partnerships as a core aspect of your learning in the course, and will be expected to dedicate 4+ hours each week (typically between 8am-3pm, or 2-6pm) to making visits to the school site or other collaborations within the internships.
Education courses include internships and relationships in a range of educational settings—classrooms, after-school programs, arts organizations, and online settings. You can find the full list of active partnerships under Internship Sites section of the website. Ranging from two hours per week to full-time student teaching in the certification program, placements and partnerships engage students as observers, assistants, collaborators, curriculum developers, small group facilitators, and workshop leaders.
Educational Internships follow three phases of practice, as students progress within their Education Department course of study
- Gateway Education Courses - Internship 1: Orienting in Educational Partnership
- for EDUC 200: Community Learning Collaborative
- Other Education Courses - Internship 2: Deepening Educational Partnership
- for EDUC 210: Perspectives in Special Education, EDUC 266: Geographies of School and Learning, and EDUC 275: Emergent Multilingual Learners
- Capstone Education Courses - Internship 3: Shaping Educational Partnership
- for EDUC 301: Curriculum and Pedagogy and EDUC 311: Theories of Change in Educational Institutions
Titagya Schools, Dalun, Ghana: Since 2010, the Education Program has been working with an early education project in Northern Ghana by supporting student interns, co-creating and co-leading teacher workshops, and facilitating cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.
University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana: UDS, Ghana's state University for the Northern region, and Bryn Mawr have entered into an educational partnership to support student and faculty collaboration and exchange.