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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


What is Islam? Tariq al-Jamil

The Biology of Plants, Nick Kaplinsky

Globalization, Ayse Kaya


Poetry Workshop, Nat Anderson

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

Gender and Power in the Middle East, Farha Ghannam


Climate Change:  The Current Debate, Mark Wallace

Film and Media Studies, Sunka Simon

Folklore and Literature, Sibelan Forrester


Cracking Visual Codes (Art History), Patricia Reilly

Great Ideas in Math, Deb Bergstrand

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


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


Global Demographics, Tyrene White

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



Cathy Dunn

TAS Coordinator