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PSMT #6
March 20th, 2009 by Nicole Battista

RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS TO THE GREATER COMMUNITY
Participation in professional, local, state, national, and global learning communities, including the ability to:

a. Understand the structure, function, purpose, and value of education and schools in a free, democratic, and pluralistic society;

During my Public Policy class for the Ford Institute, I did research that compared educational policies among different states and about how education has changed over the past few centuries.

b. Synthesize a teacher’s role in a changing society with the evolution of educational foundations and policy perspectives;

Education 202 with Dr. Suellyn Henke taught me about the foundation of education in the United States. We talked about the history of education and what it has become today. Educational policy was also emphasized and debated.

c. Demonstrate an understanding of and participate in related organizations and activities in the communities in which the teacher works;

As President of my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, I helped to organize an event we call “Cheer With Theta.” This is where we invite young girls from the community to spend the day with us, having fun and playing games. We also teach them a cheer that they perform at the Albion College football half-time.

Artifact #15 is a picture from the event.
Girls from the community at event.

d. Use community and home resources to enhance school programs and instruction;

Marshall Public Schools has an after-school program called “Cyber Café.” My mentor teacher was a supervisor in the program. The program was created for students to come after school from 2:30-4:30 to get help and finish schoolwork. I encouraged students to attend the sessions to get extra help on particular topics and complete work. I made myself available before and after school as well.

e. Design learning activities for students that involve volunteer groups, civic and social organizations, and relevant public service agencies; and

Part of the theme of Maymester was “civic engagement.” One of my lesson plans revolved around getting students to be more involved in their communities. We brainstormed ideas of how we could as a class make a difference. After talking about the environmental effects of war and pollution, we spent one afternoon cleaning up trash on the school grounds.

f. Participate with professional educators, school personnel, and other stakeholders in collaborative and cooperative planning, decision-making, and implementation, to improve educational systems at all levels

While Student Teaching I attended and participated in all Professional Development meetings, staff meetings, and department meetings. At one particular staff meeting, a debate came up on how to spend less money on running the building. I volunteered my insight on how Albion College has a longer winter break to cut costs of heating the building during the coldest months of the year. My opinion was not out of place and was added to the list of suggestions for the Superintendent.

Also, in efforts to implement foreign languages at a younger age the FLES program has volunteers go into local schools and teach language lessons. I was a volunteer teacher for three years while at Albion. This is a program that involves education at many levels and the collaboration of many people in the community to improve the language learning system.

Artifact #16 is me with my FLES students!

Getting to know the diverse students of Albion by working in the classroom.

Getting to know the diverse students of Albion by working in the classroom.


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