Teachers as Scholars

 

 

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

                                                          - John Dewey

 

The Teachers as Scholars program recognizes teachers’ as scholars and learners who are eager to engage with others in the process of continuous intellectual engagement.  The program provides K-12 teachers with the opportunity to explore new ideas in the company of fellow educators through participation in seminars taught by Swarthmore College professors.

 

The program

  • College professors offer 2-3 seminars each year on a topic within their area of expertise.
  • Each seminar runs for 2 full school days, usually over a period of 2 or 3 weeks.
  • 15 teachers from Swarthmore College Educational Studies Department partner schools participate in each 2-day seminar.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.

 

Seminar topics

2016-2017

What is Islam? Tariq al-Jamil

The Biology of Plants, Nick Kaplinsky

Globalization, Ayse Kaya

2015-2016

Poetry Workshop, Nat Anderson

Playing with Numbers:  Design and Discovery  (Statistics), Lynne Schofield

Gender and Power in the Middle East, Farha Ghannam

2014-2015

Climate Change:  The Current Debate, Mark Wallace

Film and Media Studies, Sunka Simon

Folklore and Literature, Sibelan Forrester

2013-2014

Cracking Visual Codes (Art History), Patricia Reilly

Great Ideas in Math, Deb Bergstrand

Cults of Personality and the 20th Century, Robert Weinberg & Tyrene White

2012-2013

The Fossil Record (Statistics and Science), Steve Wang

Making the Irrational, Rational: Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Decision Making, Ellen Magenheim                                                       

20th Century Poetry and Music, Peter Schmidt

2011-2012

Global Demographics, Tyrene White

Natural History and the Crum Woods  (Delaware County), Betsy Bolton

 

Contact

Cathy Dunn

TAS Coordinator

cdunn1@swarthmore.edu

215-868-5954