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49 Antietam St, Devens, MA 01434    (978) 772-3293    (978) 772-3295

Summer Institute

Register below for the following Summer Institute classes.

All courses are 3 credits from Fitchburg State University and taught by experienced Parker faculty. All classes will take place from July 31- August 10th with due dates extending into August. All classes will be hosted at the Sizer School in Fitchburg.

Questions: Please email ntc@theparkerschool.org

Inquiry in the Middle and High School Science Classroom

Instructor Lorin Hill, Experienced Mentor Teacher of Francis W. Parker Charter School and Adjunct Professor at Fitchburg State University
What is inquiry teaching? Inquiry teaching is teaching by inspiring questions in students and encouraging them to learn through the exploration of their ideas. It can be teacher guided or entirely student driven. The goal of inquiry teaching is to inspire students to know and do science. In this course we will investigate the reasons for inquiry and learn new instructional methods of an inquiry-based science classroom that we can integrate into existing and new curriculum.

Teaching Math for Understanding: How Does Growth Mindset Translate to Unit Development in the Secondary Math Class?
Instructor Dawn Crane, Experienced Mentor Teacher of Francis W. Parker Charter School and Adjunct Professor at Fitchburg State University
In this course, participants will explore how to change the traditional, “I do, we do, you do” model of teaching mathematics to a “You do, we do, I do” model. Participants will work with research that supports a constructivist and growth mindset model of what mathematics learning can look like and will discuss these ideas with peers. Participants will act as students as they partake in problems that encourage visual processing, higher-order thinking, depth of knowledge, and substantive conversation about the work. This course will cover 4 phases of unit development; the Hook, Developing Understanding/Learning Activities, Practice, and Assessment. As participants experience a constructivist approach, they will design a unit for their own students and create, tune, and refine 4 lessons, 1 from each part of the unit.

Dangerous Women: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Spanish-speaking World
Instructor Jeannie M. LaPlatney, Experienced Teacher of Francis W. Parker Charter School and Adjunct Professor at Fitchburg State University
In this course, we will study concepts of gender and sexuality, more specifically, Virginia Wolfe’s theories of female independence, Thomas Lauquer’s research on the creation of gender, and Gilbert and Gubar’s investigations of space, sanity, and femininity. Next we will be studying Judith Butler’s and Michael Foucault’s groundbreaking work on heteronormativity and human sexuality. Lastly, we will examine norms surround appearance and beauty using Naomi Wolf’s heralded text, The Beauty Myth. We will then employ these schemes to analyze representations of women in literature, film, and media from the Spanish-speaking world. This course will be almost entirely in Spanish.

Send deposit of $450 by check made out to Parker School to Attn: Ruth, Parker School, 49 Antietam St, Devens, MA 01434. Final payment of $285 to FSU can be made by check or credit card on the first day of class. Classes with less than 10 enrollees will be canceled on 7/15.
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