Art faculty member Jo-Ann Van Reuuwyk talks about why – and how – West Michigan should advocate for arts education for all of its children.
Education Professor Jo Kuyvenhoven has returned to Sierra Leone every year, educating herself about the country and about the circumstances in which children are learning to read and about the level of training teachers receive. Kuyvenhoven was asked by World Bank’s Global Partnership for Education to help head up the largest component of the $17.9 million “Revitalize Education Development Project” for Sierra Leone.
Vander Ark Distinguished Teacher Education Student Award
This award reflects exemplary performance in student teaching as well as an excellent academic record.
2012-2013 Winners are:
Elementary - Sarah Fennema, Averi McEwen, and Ana Meekhof
Secondary - Kendra Beekman, Math; Eun Sub Cho, Integrated Science; Caleb Lagerway, History
2012-2013 Nominees are:
Elementary - Erin Fliestra, Bethany Hotrop, Jessie Hulst, Joy Hwang, Rebecca Jaspers, Holli Lanser, Elizabeth Murray, Grace Vander Sluis, Hannah VanDyk
Secondary - Tyler Baas, Elena Brubaker, Travis Kuiper, Lydia Mulder, Meghan Murphy, Simon Veldkamp
Beversluis Award in Christian Philosophy of Education
This award is given in honor of the late Dr. N. Henry Beversluis, who was a long time professor of the philosophy of education courses at Calvin College (1966-1979) and had previously served as a teacher and principal in several Christian schools. The aim of the award is to foster responsible thinking among students about Christian schooling in contemporary society and is given to students who best exemplify and express their Christian philosophy of education as determined by current professors of the philosophy of education course.
2012-2013 Winners are: Tara Elders and Eun Sub Cho
On May 3, 2013 the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Accreditation Committee accepted the Accreditation Panel's recommendation for initial accreditation, five years, with no weaknesses and no stipulations, for the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program at Calvin College. The Summary of the Case describes Calvin's claims and program assessment plans.
Two $200,000 grants will enable Calvin faculty to work with local educators on effective ways to teach writing and mathematics.
Dr. Walcott has designed a research project investigating how colleges prepare teachers to work in urban schools.
Students met with leaders in business, religion, healthcare, and education as they traveled across Java, Bali, and Sulawesi by plane, boat, bike, and automobile. The group visited a Balinese Hindu school and eight Christian K-12 schools supported by Reformed and Presbyterian churches in Indonesia. Education students shadowed teachers in International and National schools. They also met with college students and professors in business and education at UPH, a Christian university near Jakarta.
Participants developed an understanding of the challenges of urban education while visiting urban schools in Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Milwaukee.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for the new Honors Program in Education.
Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk has been recognized as the 2013 Michigan Art Education Association Higher Ed. Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching art education courses at Calvin since 2001.
Education students assist with camps for kids at Calvin's preserve.
- Dr. Ron Sjoerdsma's secondary education students are using games, music, art and other strategies to teach literacy in two local middle schools.
- Lament Psalms and Children
- Q&A on the Worship Institute website with Education professor Robert Keeley and his wife, Laura, who co-direct children's ministries at their church in Holland, on making lament psalms accessible to children.
- Improving Literacy Instruction
- A $200,000 Teacher Quality Grant allows Calvin's education department to enhance the teaching of reading in local schools.
- Improving Math Teaching in Grand Rapids
- Calvin math professor Jan Koop is using a $200,000 Michigan Department of Education grant to help area teachers understand and teach mathematics.
- Dr. Thomas Hoeksema Retires
- Dr. Hoeksema retired from the Education Department in 2011 after 35 years at Calvin.
- Student Teacher of the Year
- Please join us in congratulating DeDe Orlando who was recognized as the 2011 Michigan Student Teacher of the Year!
- Frederik Meijer Gardens Internship
- View a short video piece on a senior education student who had an internship at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park during Summer 2010.
- Grant Supports Mathematics Education
- Congratulations to Professor Jan Koop who was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Education to provide professional development in mathematics to 41 educators.
- Dr. Jim Rooks appointed as Dean of Education
- We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jim Rooks will begin his term as Dean of Education during the fall 2009 semester.
- Literacy in Sierra Leone
- Dr. Johanna Kuyvenhoven was awarded a planning grant from the Higher Education for Development program in 2009 to support her work in Sierra Leone. Jo and her collaborators will develop a teaching of reading syllabus to be used in teacher training colleges. Her book, The Crocodile's Reward, was distributed to teachers throughout the country in 2008.
- The Joys and Challenges of Urban Music Education
- Six Calvin students spent Interim teaching music in the Grand Rapids Public Schools as part of a class led by Professor Phillip Hash.
- Grants Support Partnerships with Local Schools
- Teacher Education Program faculty have been awarded over $750,000 by the Michigan Department of Education over the past four years.
- Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools
- This innovative new center at Calvin will bring fresh resources to Christian school administrators. The Center will provide world-class executive management education for heads of Christian schools representing a wide range of faith traditions.