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Summer 2014 Courses and Workshops

This summer we are excited to offer both workshops and courses for your professional development.

Registration going on now for course offerings (500-level) and workshop offerings (600-level).


Courses are $432 per semester hour or $1,296 per course. Workshops are $265 per semester hour. Most courses will require a pre-course assignment.

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Also see Christian Pedagogy summer offerings

Education 510 Advanced Educational Foundations (3) OC - July 7 - 18 with Clarence Joldersma meeting in SC 318
This course includes exploration into the disciplines of philosophy, history and socio-cultural context of education.  Course material, lectures and assignments engages students in developing a perspectival orientation centered on shalom and social justice. That Christian lens shapes an examination of the interaction between schooling and sustainability, globalization, economic and social justice, and the role of educators as agents of change and transformation. Course content focuses on investigating philosophy’s questions regarding the nature of humanness and schooling, history’s account of the role of schools, and social science’s view of structures, ideologies and agency as they relate to schooling.

Education 511 Consulting, Collaborating, and Coaching (3) Hybrid June 23 - July 3 with Debra Buursma meeting in SC 318
The course offers an advanced study of professional responsibilities necessary in advocating and developing learning opportunities for learners identified with disabilities, literacy difficulties or diverse learning needs and gifts. Students will explore, practice, and critique models and methods of collaboration, consultation, and coaching that involve teachers, learners, specialists, parents, paraprofessionals, and community agencies in interdependent relationships. Particular emphasis is placed on developing effective communication skills, understanding self and others, group visioning activities, and providing professional development to colleagues. Prerequisite: Education 202 or Education 606.

Education 513 Cognition, Learning, and Literacy Development (3) OC June 23 - July 3 with Jo Kuyvenhoven meeting in SC 312
This course examines underlying concepts associated with the acquisition of reading and writing. Social and cultural factors contributing to literacy development are considered from the perspectives of educational psychology, cognitive psychology, and language development. Current issues related to classroom instruction are addressed in lectures, discussions, and classroom application.

Education 521 Curriculum Theory and Development (3) OC July 7 - 18 with David Smith meeting in SC 312
A study of curriculum theories and model curricula for pre-school through grade 12. This course includes a study of issues relating to understanding historical, political, social, intellectual and spiritual implications of curriculum theories that do and don’t transfer into school curricula. Topics include investigating an in-depth understanding of subject matters, creating learning opportunities, selecting effective learning resources, and implementing curricular change in a school setting. Christian perspectives, including issues of social justice, are integrated throughout.

Education 531 Professional Development and Supervision (3) OC July 28 - August 8 with Al Boerema meeting in SC 204
A study of the theory and practice related to the professional development of teachers and administrators at both the elementary and secondary levels. This course focuses on ways in which school leaders can structure professional development opportunities that promote student learning and school improvement. The course includes a study of adult learning theory, collaborative learning models, action research, mentoring and coaching, formal and informal teacher assessment, and recruitment, induction, and retention of new teachers. Special emphasis will be given to Biblical principles which help shape professional communities in schools.

Education 540 Language Arts in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum (3) OC July 28 - Aug 8 with Jo Kuyvenhoven meeting in SC 312
This course examines the multiple sites and experiences that nourish children’s emergent literacy abilities into early literacy. Participants work towards a unitary picture of complexity, incorporating aspects of children’s lives from birth to grade 2 experiences as these affect learning to read. The course considers family and social contexts; home dialects and oral language use; and children’s literacy learning conducted in diverse environments which present varied literacy practices and applications in and out of school. The course reviews research and theory concerning language development, acquisition and use, as these lay foundations of practice for the teaching of reading. Students develop abilities for assessment, diagnosis, instruction / remediation and intervention. A practicum will engage students in assessing and developing instructional plans for one or more students.

Education 550 Foundations of Learning Disabilities (3) OL June 17 - 20 and July 7 - 16 with Phil Stegink
This course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding learning disabilities. Students will become acquainted with historical trends associated with the development of the field and will review related federal and state legislation. Research related to general characteristics of learning disabilities, cognitive processing patterns, and the academic and social performance of the learning disabled is examined. Approaches to the education of students with learning disabilities based on the theoretical models are also considered. Prerequisite: Education 202 or Education 606.

Education 591 Educational Research and Evaluation (3) OC July 21 - August 8
with Kara Sevensma meeting in SC 318
This course engages graduate students in understanding and examining the theories, methods, and paradigmatic frames of social science research through a Biblical lens. In addition, the course prepares students to use data appropriately to support educational and organizational decision-making. Students will learn how to read and critique qualitative and quantitative educational research and will learn how to use research and assessment data to make decisions related to the work of P-12 schools particularly as it relates to Calvin’s four M. Ed. specialty areas.

Science Education Studies 526 Teaching the Nature of Science (3) OC July 21 - Aug 1 with Crystal Bruxvoort and Jim Jadrich meeting in SB 237
This course presents historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological interpretations of the nature of science, its implications for scientific literacy, and methodologies related to implementation in the science classroom. Through discussions, readings, and scientific activities/investigations, students will experience and consider how teachers, textbooks, and science curricula both accurately and inaccurately portray science. Students will also modify and develop lesson plans in order to more accurately represent and teach the nature of science to students. Prerequisites: At least one science methods course at the undergraduate or graduate level.

EDUC 619 Teaching as a Christian Practice (2) Off Campus June30 - July 3 with David I. Smith
Offered in partnership with Grand Rapids Christian Schools Must apply for workshop through Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

Even when we are in principle committed to a Christian perspective on education, it can remain a challenge to see how faith affects everyday classroom processes of teaching and learning. This intensive 4-day workshop, already well received by groups of Christian teachers in several countries, will focus specifically on how Christian faith can inform our concrete teaching practices. Together we will explore what it might mean to approach Christian teaching and learning not merely as the conveying of Christian ideas, but as a shared Christian practice. Participants should emerge with a clear understanding of how thinking about the nature of Christian practices can illuminate the relationship between faith and teaching, and with concrete ideas for reinvigorating their own teaching in authentic Christian ways.

EDUC 630 School and Society: Societal Structures and Education (2) Online June 16 - Aug 15 - John Walcott

This self-paced online workshop examines the interaction between education and other structures and systems that shape society and explores how education is shaped by and shapes society. Special attention will be given to the impact of race, class, and gender on schooling and society. Participants will also investigate the role that political, economic, and cultural practices have on society and education. Through readings, online discussions, and case study investigations of current issues in education and in society, participants will grow in their understanding of the complex relationship between societal structures and education.

Education 647 Sacred Space Pedagogy: Exploring the Power of Text, Action, and Objects in Christian Learning Practices (2) Hybrid July 14 – 16 online, July 23 – 25 on campus, Aug 14 online – with Debra Buursma and Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk
(This workshop is offered concurrently as a Calvin faculty development Seminar. For more information contact the Provost's office.)

This workshop, offered in conjunction with the Sacred Space Pedagogy Project* provides an opportunity for participants to deepen understandings of faith-infused learning practices. Through readings, discussion, intentional reflection, learning excursions & inquiry labs, participants will explore: (1) sacred learning spaces; (2) multiple perspectives on human embodiment; (3) semiotics (text, action, and object) power in learning and living; (4) hospitality; and (5) justice, injustice, and transformation. The workshop will be open to P-12 and higher education faculty. The workshop is designed as a hybrid course, with 3 OL instruction days bookending 21/2 days on campus.

* Sacred Space Pedagogy Project was made possible through the generous funding of the Kuyers Institute.