Crafting the Perfect Lesson

As a school librarian, Susan Hessey, MEd ’04 supports curriculum for children K-8. Susan says that the Experienced Educators Program’s unique cluster concept and its flexibility were part of what made the program so powerful.

“My relationships with those in my cluster and with my teachers were characterized by excitement, engagement, intellectual rigor, professionalism, and kindness. These threads continued throughout the program. I was so fortunate to be sitting in a classroom with people whose heartfelt wish was to do their best to meet the needs of children and to come up with as many ways as possible to make that happen.”

“The program curriculum had the flexibility to adapt to individual needs without compromising rigor. As we progressed, the richness of the program and opportunities for applying our learning in our professional settings revealed themselves. Our teachers offered a rare balance of guidance and respect for our experience, interests, and individual needs. As cluster conversations grew richer, our learning was reinforced and amplified. Students and faculty were true collaborators in learning.”

Susan says that she “now has a deeper understanding of children and she is better able to craft instruction and interaction to facilitate learning. I am a more confident educator. I revel in the strength of my interpersonal and professional connections.”

Antioch Voices- Elizabeth Baxmeyer

International Day of Forests

“If you love a tree, you will be more beautiful than before!” – Amit Ray.

This year, the theme for the International Day of Forests, “Forests and Health,” is an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on what these expansive ecosystems do for us and how we can, in turn, serve them through conservation, species preservation, mindful nutrition, and ecological awareness.

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