A ceramics class for Albion College staff members last fall gave Jason Moritz an opportunity to connect with experiences of growing up in the Midwest as the son of a talented painter and formerly living in Los Angeles. But he never expected to create pieces worthy of display in a show as large as ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.
The Certification Officer in the Education Department and Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development at Albion, Moritz created ceramic tiles depicting scenes of southern California, collectively titled Smoggy Sunsets over Blue Palms, Los Angeles, 1998-2007. The tiles will be on display at Kate Lewis’ studio during the show, which runs from Sept. 21-Oct. 9.
State Farm Makes Grant to Albion College Education Program
An innovative learning experience for Michigan's future teachers and local children foresees a bright future, thanks to continued major underwriting from State Farm Insurance Companies Foundation. Albion College's Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development has accepted a $20,000 grant from State Farm's foundation to help underwrite its collaboration project with Albion Public Schools.
Albion College graduates Melanie Kapolka, ’11, and Kristen Karczewski, ’09, are among the first 92 recipients of the W.K. Kellogg-Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.
According to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “The three-year fellowship is awarded to promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fellows receive $30,000 to pursue a customized master’s degree program that prepares them to teach in high-need urban or rural secondary schools in seven local districts across the state.”
Education Students Succeed, Cross Boundary into Local Schools
Kelsey Lademan, '12, talked with visitors to her display at the "Showcase of Learning" in the Science Complex Atrium. (Photo: Dave Lawrence)Education students helped to mark the completion of Albion College’s theme year of sustainability by making the connection in the lessons they prepared and delivered to students in the Albion Pubic Schools during the month of May.
Titled “Boundary Crossings” in the course catalog and known on campus as Maymester, the program is an example of the Albion Advantage in that it provides the College’s prospective teachers an opportunity to experience the rigors of the education profession – everything from observation, the development of lesson plans and learning materials, and actual classroom management and instruction – even before the capstone of completing the student teaching assignment.