Collaboration on civil rights
Ashly King (elementary education major) in collaboration with Linda McCartney and Marc Renning, UNI instructors in elementary education, produced a curriculum unit that focused on the role that Iowa played in the Civil Rights Movement. The unit began as a class assignment and came to the attention of Katy Swalwell, an associate professor at Iowa State University. Swalwell connected Ashly King with several people who could help with her research including civil rights activist Patti Miller who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Swalwell also invited Ashly King to work with her on future research projects. "This curriculum collaboration brought a lot of joy and passion into my unit because it is a topic that connects the history of our nation and the way we desire to move forward within our communities. This topic is changing the way students think and feel resulting in a more informed civilian body," said King, a student in the 2+2 Elementary Education program, a joint initiative between UNI and Des Moines Area Community College.
Top marks for the Child Development Center
The UNI Child Development Center received five-year accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in September. NAEYC Accreditation uses research-based standards to recognize and drive quality-improvement in early learning environments. The Child Development Center (CDC) cares for children (infant through age five) and frequently hosts early childhood education students for field experiences. In addition, the CDC was recently assessed through the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) and received the highest rating, level 5.
Recycling in Reggio
Sohyun Meacham, assistant professor of literacy education, and a group of UNI students traveled to Italy last summer through an UNI Study Abroad program to engage with staff and students at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia. They participated in a week-long workshop through Reggio Children, an organization that promotes the work of the city’s infant, toddler and pre-school centers, and ReMida, the Creative Recycling Center. They learned how ReMida seeks out businesses to donate items which are then creatively archived in a warehouse for teachers, allowing them to get classroom materials. The products are chosen and used intentionally to allow students to create functional works of art including classroom furniture and supplies. The multi-disciplinary approach encourages artists, builders, project planners, distribution managers, designers and others to coordinate talent under Reggio Emilia's theories. UNI students were inspired to start a similar group on campus called Supplies On Hand and held an on-campus workshop using donated newspapers from the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier to create beautiful classroom furniture. For more information about Supplies On Hand contact Sohyun.Meacham@uni.edu.
A visit abroad
While Jayd Brown and Shalyn Trenkamp (right) studied Spanish language and culture in Oviedo, Spain in June 2018, they enjoyed a visit from associate professor of elementary education Sarah Montgomery (left). Brown (dual elementary and middle level education major) and Trenkamp (elementary education major) are pursuing Spanish majors and minors, respectively, in order to best meet the needs of their future students and families. As part of their UNI study abroad program in Oviedo, they both lived with host families, took university classes, and had the opportunity to travel in Spain. Montgomery had previously had each of them in several on-campus classes and said, "It was a joy to spend time with Jayd and Shaylyn in Spain. Their confidence and enthusiasm in showing me their city and sharing their experiences abroad was a strong reminder of how international opportunities can shape our work as educators."
The following tabs list awards (including grants), presentations and publications related to Curriculum and Instruction students, alumni, faculty and staff. To find items involving C&I faculty, look on both tabs: collaborations that involve students and faculty are listed on the first tab, while items that only involve faculty or staff are listed on the second tab.