Deb Bieler, in collaboration with Students enrolled in Intro to English Education, Spring 2012.
The 2011-2012 school year marks a significant milestone for UD’s English Education program, as a new program of study has begun with the entering Class of 2015. The revised major includes an introductory English Education course, a literacy and technology course, an adolescent literature course, and expanded early fieldwork experiences. The inaugural course in the new major, offered for the first time this spring, is Introduction to English Education (ENGL295). This semester, ENGL295 students are engaging in a service learning project at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, DE. This partnership is exciting for many reasons. First, because many Howard English faculty are recent alumni of UD’s English Education program, this partnership represents a new way for the program to connect with our alumni. Second, because Howard is a Partnership Zone school, we have an opportunity to actively support local teachers and students in a particularly high-stakes environment. Finally, at Howard, UD English Education majors are observing and participating in cutting-edge reform strategies, such as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). This spring, Howard commissioned ENGL295 students to work as a PLC to design a new SAT preparation course for its sophomores.