Members of the Springfield College Department of Education are sponsoring a series of in-person and virtual speaker events during American Education Week (Nov. 15-19, 2021). The events are open to the Springfield College campus community and members of the public.
Kicking off the week on Monday, Nov. 15, new student members of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, were inducted as part of a ceremony in the Harold C. Smith Presentation Room in Judd Gymnasia. Ashley Varriale, Althea Fiordalice, Marissa MacNevin, and Jazlyn Ryder received the honors.
Following the Kappa Delta Pi induction ceremony, there was a panel discussion on the topic of “What I Wish I Knew my First Year of Teaching and Teacher Self-Care," with Springfield College alumni and local educators from towns and cities in western Massachusetts.
The week continued on Tuesday, Nov. 16 with a viewing of the Frontline documentary Growing Up Poor in America, in the Harold C. Smith Presentation Room in Judd Gymnasia. Following the documentary, a group discussion was led by Sara Scribner, PhD, and Emily Lyons, PhD, both assistant professors of education.
Concluding the week on Thursday, Nov. 18, there will be a virtual session: “Inclusive Education at the Affective Intersections of Disability, Race, and Language,” available at the following link: https://springfield.zoom.us/j/81805978062.
In this session, David I. Hernández-Saca, PhD, assistant professor of special education at the University of Northern Iowa, and Chelsea Stinson, assistant professor of education at Utica College, will explore the experiences of multiply-marginalized students with disabilities and their teachers as they relate to affect, emotions, and educational policy implementation. Through a disability critical race theory lens, they offer recommendations for praxical considerations and commitments for inclusive educators across content areas.