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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

2020-2021
(Re)Imagining Black Childhoods through Educational Practice: A focus on Relationships, Listening, and Connection, Joseph Nelson
Race, Poverty, Policing, Prisons and Schools: Understanding the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Philadelphia, Nina Johnson

2019-2020
The Middle East Conflict, Sa'ed Atshan
Science: Energy Theater, Ben Geller
Central America and the Traumas of History: Of Wars, Peace, and Migration, Nanci Buiza

2018-2019
Gender and Power in the Middle East, Farha Ghannam
Great Ideas in Math, Ralph Gomez

2017-2018
Understanding and Disrupting the "School-to-Prison Pipeline," Keith Reeves
Let’s tell our own stories: Making Theater from Scratch, Elizabeth Stevens

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