On Monday, February 11, Kevin Nai and Arpita Mandal led a spirited discussion of the mission and activities of ASPIRE. The organization welcomed six new students. All the new faces are freshmen!! Twenty continuing members attended the opening meeting and supported Kevin and Arpita in describing the ASPIRE work on campus and in local schools, including officers elect Lorene, Tatiana, Kerianne, Camille, Conor, and Gemelle. The group enjoyed an unscheduled and inspirational treat, as ASPIRE welcomed Renatae Cuffee, the North East Region’s student representative to the national board of the National Education Association (NEA). Renatae inspired us with a short video presentation on the work of the national student organization, which she described as very much like what ASPIRE is doing on campus and in our local community. The one activity featured in the video clip that captured some passion among ASPIRE members was the gathering of student members of NEA to complete a “school makeover” in selected cities around the country…now that is a spring break worth planning!!
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Success begins with effective test preparation — that’s why ETS is offering free Praxis™ Study Plan Development Webinars to help your teacher candidates prepare.
These free webinars deliver in-depth information about the Praxis I® and Praxis II® tests, and offer your students the opportunity to ask questions. Prospective test takers are also presented with a plan to help guide their preparation for their Praxis tests.
Webinar topics include:
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The next Praxis I Webinar will take place on Friday, January 11, 2013, at 1 p.m. (ET).
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Please pass this message on to your teacher candidates and help us continue to nurture the goal of bringing great teachers to every classroom. Registration opens approximately two weeks in advance of the listed date.
Praxis I Webinar Dates
- Friday, January 11, at 1 p.m. ET
- Monday, March 25, at 1 p.m. ET
- Monday, May 13, at 1 p.m. ET
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- Wednesday, February 13, at 1 p.m. ET
- Wednesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. ET
- Wednesday, June 19, at 1 p.m. ET
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The ASPIRE community gathered on Monday 9/17 at 7pm to welcome new members and rekindle continuing bonds. Officers Katie, Ellenie, Sai, Kevin and Arpita gave an overview of the organization’s mission and the fall semester program plan. Twenty-five new students have completed membership forms for fall 2012, ASPIRE membership is now at an all time high of 79 active members.
In addition to outlining a very interesting meeting agenda that includes sessions on Teaching in Different Environments, Teaching with Technology, Classroom Management, and Planning Ahead to Get Employment in Your Field, the Officers generated a lot of excitement during their presentation on this year’s service project. ASPIRE will launch All Students Aspire (ASA), a peer academic leadership program for high school students, at Newark High School in mid-October.
The immediate past president of ASPIRE, Quindara Lazenbury, sat front and center during the meeting to cheer the new leaders forward. As is her style, Quindara gave each one a special hug, at the end of the meeting.
I explored the definition of feminism in Arabic Literature by 2 feminist authors and I explored how both authors worked differently in depicting women’s issues and how each portrayed female genital mutilation in their novels. I also explored and explained the different ways of depicting FGM and the author’s purpose in doing so.
Arpita Mandal is a junior English Education major, completing her first summer research project. Arpita started her career at UD, as a nursing major, but decided that she is very interested in education and our responses to the cultural differences among our students.
Congratulations Arpita!!! The ASPIRE community celebrates your achievement and we look forward to learning more about this very provocative topic.
ASPIRE Community, the Office of Public Engagement at the White House has announced the deadline for applications for whitehouse internships. Go to www.whitehouse.gov/internship for additional information.
The deadline to apply for the White House Internship Program is January 22, 2012. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to work at the White House.
Interns work in key offices like the Office of the Vice-President, the Office of the First Lady, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Domestic Policy Council and get the chance to attend meetings with government officials, conduct research, staff events, and write memos. If you or anyone else you know is interested, make sure to apply now!
Elijah Anderson, Sociology Professor at Yale University, is the author of Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City. Prof. Anderson will deliver the 50th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture for the School of Public Policy and Administration on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5:00pm in Bayard Sharp Hall.
This lecture provides a special learning opportunity for preservice teacher education students and teachers in classrooms who want to become more effective practitioners in work with urban students.
ASPIRE member, Ellen Baca, sent the following greeting recently:
Hello ASPIRE I plan to be active in the Spring Semester…I’m in Granada Spain :0)…climbed a mountain yesterday to visit a 13th century castle…lovinggggg my time here with all the Spanish culture, food, scenery and language!
ASPIRE members will welcome freshmen and other campus members who are interested in getting involved during opening activities scheduled for the week of September 5th. Check the Get Involved Calendar for details. ASPIRE President Quindara Lazenbury and the Officers have planned an interesting semester of meetings and workshops that include sessions on Integrating the Arts into Learning Activities, Making the Right Impression: Mock Job Interviews, Achieving Success with ALL Students and much, much more.
A record number (19) of ASPIRE members and supporters has already signed up to support the organization’s outreach and service work. The College Awareness Reaching Everyone (CARE) 2011-12 workshops for vulnerable middle and high school students will begin in late September. Check the Get Involved page for details. For information on joining the ASPIRE program, contact email@example.com.
The First-Year Teacher Panel is Wednesday April 6 at 5PM in Sharp 100! A panel of student teachers and early career teachers will share their experiences. Make sure you attend because you will be following in their footsteps soon! RSVP for Teacher Panel here:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178563255525468
ASPIRE will be hosting a group of 30 students from Glasgow High School on WEDNESDAY MAY 4th, 2011 9:00 a.m.-Noon
Volunteers can sign up during ASPIRE meetings or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability. You may volunteer for the entire morning or any hour that you have free.