Celebrating 100 years of teacher education
One century ago, Bradley Polytechnic Institute opened the doors to its Teacher Training Program, which today has developed into a department with a nearly 100-percent job placement rate. From this beginning, preparing individuals to instruct others moved from those who wished to teach domestic science and manual training, to the preparation of teachers for America’s public and private schools.
To celebrate 100 years of preparing teachers at Bradley, the Teacher Education Department is offering a series of events to support the theme “The Art and Science of Teaching.” Throughout the spring, several events will be open to the public. At the opening ceremony on April 18, John Perricone, secondary teacher and author of Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching, will be the featured speaker. Perricone has served the Maine-Endwell School District in New York for 22 years as a health educator. He has also won local, state, and national Excellence in Teaching awards. For more information, visit johnperricone.com. In addition, Mark Dempsey ’06, secondary education major, will perform an original composition for brass instruments, accompanied by an ensemble. This work symbolizes the accomplishments of teacher education over the past 100 years.
On April 25, Dr. John Brown, expert in curriculum design, who is affiliated with the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, will conduct an “Understanding by Design” workshop.
On April 26, Brad Cohen ’96, elementary school teacher and author of Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, will speak. He was featured in the Fall ’05 issue of Bradley Hilltopics. Visit frontoftheclassbook.com.
The Little Theatre of the Deaf, a national troupe from Mystic, Connecticut, will perform on April 26 as well. The troupe is the children’s division of the National Theatre of the Deaf and has performed for more than 30 years. The actors use spoken words combined with American Sign Language in their performances. Visit ntd.org for more information.
The films Conrack, based on The Water is Wide by author/teacher Pat Conroy, and the PBS documentary, A Touch of Greatness, about teacher Albert Collum will also be shown throughout the spring. Visit patconroy.com and pbs.org.
The art and science of teaching
Dr. Patricia Chrosniak, professor of education, encourages the community to “join us in the celebration and to become more aware of the wonderful accomplishments of our educators. Teachers are artists, and teachers are scientists. Inside the classroom, teachers have to combine these two facets.”
The Bradley Teacher Training Program began as a few course offerings in education in 1905. At that time, teachers needed one year of education. By 1908, they were required to complete two years. The program was extended to four years in 1915. In 1985, teacher education became one of four departments in the College of Education and Health Sciences, which includes home economics, nursing, and educational leadership and human development. In addition to student teaching opportunities throughout the United States, today‘s education majors have the opportunity to student teach through the Department of Defense schools in London.
Plans are underway for the renovation and expansion of Westlake Hall, home of the Teacher Education Department. The remodeled facility will allow for interactive learning experiences.
The College is compiling a book of remembrances. Contact Chrosniak at email@example.com by March 1, or call 309-677-3199 to share your ideas, information, or anecdotes.
Lydia Moss Bradley, second from right, is pictured (circa 1877) at the monument of her father Zeally Moss, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Bradley, a real daughter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was possibly celebrating a Memorial Day event with this group of unidentified children.
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