Since she was 7 years old, Petrona López, originally from Diriomo, Granada, cooked on a stove fueled by firewood. In the past five months her cooking equipment has changed, thanks to a project executed by Peace Corps in the country, which makes better stoves and ovens as part of its work abroad.
City Year is an education focused, non profit organization that helps students stay in school, and on track to graduate. There are over one million drop outs a year, and it has been found that students who reach the tenth grade are four times more likely to finish high school. City Year serves in 25 sites across the United States where the drop-out crisis is most prevalent. Corps members work as near-peer tutors, meaning they are partnered with a teacher in either a math or reading class to provide whole class support, and small group interventions to the lower performing students in the class. Corps members also serve as mentors to their students through lunch and after school programming. Benefits to joining this organization include a biweekly stipend, an education award which is obtained once a Corps members has completed 1700 hours of service, and exceptional networking opportunities with City Year alumni. Anyone who has achieved at least a high school diploma, and is between the ages of 17-24 is eligible to apply. The application, and more information about the program can be found at www.cityyear.org, and the next application deadline is November 15th. I know this is coming up extremely soon, so it is important for potential applications to note that the application can be completed in a very short time frame, and recommenders will have five extra business days after the deadline to complete their forms, so long as the applicant submits their application by the deadline.
Kellie Palmblad (MAT 2014) has received the 2013 Nancy Petry Grant from the Institute of International Education in Denver. At $5,000, Kellie has been awarded the largest grant possible. She will further her knowledge in Secondary Language Art and Literature Education next spring in either New Zealand or Norway.
Kellie Palmblad is a graduate candidate for the Master of Arts degree at Colorado College. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This spring she will be traveling abroad to finish her student teaching in either New Zealand or Norway. This will mark the beginning of her work in instruction as an international educator. Her passion for education and the arts was ignited in 2006 when she began her work in elementary special education. She is now doing her masters work in English Language Arts and is completing research in the uses of creative writing instruction. The importance of integrating global education and cultural diversity through personal connection is part of Kellie’s personal teaching philosophy. Kellie is also a writer, musician and artist. She is deeply honored to have been selected by IIE for the Nancy Petry Award.
Charlotte Mendoza is the new Professor of Global Teaching and Learning at Colorado College. Honored to be in her new position, Charlotte invites everyone to stop by and see her in her new office, which is next door in the Gill House. Charlotte will still remain an active faculty member in the education department.
Kiowa High School in Kiowa, Colorado is looking for a High School English Teacher. The candidate would be instructing English I & II classes as well as AP Literature and AP Language. The candidate must be highly qualified. The class sizes are extremely small and we are one of the top high schools in the state. We are on a four day work week with Fridays off. Please go to www.kiowaschool.org to complete an application, or if you have further questions please email or call:
Amy M Smith
Pre K-12 Principal
Click here for a video from the 2013 Gifted and Talented Shakespeare Class. This year’s theme was Witches and Fairies and Clowns…Oh My! Shakespeare’s Weirdest Characters. Many thanks to Education Department Student Assistant Aurora-Marie Bamba for editing and uploading the video segment.
Click here for an article by Cate Donald (MAT 2010) on her experience teaching science to Grade 2 students at Shanghai Community International School.