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IN THIS ISSUE: Announcements

2-3

Student News Updates

4-20

Summer Course Offerings Fall Course Offerings

21 22-24

How to Register

25

Contact Us

26

Registering for Classes: Professional Year Fall 2016 MAT students who plan to enter their Professional Year in Fall 2016 will receive an email in June, from MAT Program Coordinator Kim McGlaughlin, with your Professional Development School (PDS) assignment and course registration information. Once you receive this email, you will be approved to enroll in the appropriate internship and related coursework sections. You will not be able to enroll in these courses until you receive notification of your PDS assignment. Once you receive notification of your PDS assignment, complete the criminal background check and the TIMS application (this is the information you received at your orientation from Gary Caldwell in the Center for Professional Practice). PDS Coordinators will contact you via your TU email account during the summer with information about your school, mentor teacher and grade level assignment. Please be sure to check your TU email regularly for this information and other important announcements. As a reminder, students entering the Professional Year in Fall 2016 must have all prerequisites completed before permission will be given to enroll in EDUC 798: Internship II with Seminar in the Spring 2017 semester.

One Day Field Placement Observations By now, all students required to complete field placement observations for this spring semester have received an email detailing the number of required visits, observation school, host teacher name and email address. This information was sent to your Towson account. The Field Experience Evaluation Form is due to the MAT office by the last day of classes for the semester: Tuesday, May 10th. Failure to return the evaluation form by this date will result in your receiving a failing grade in your field placement course. The MAT office is located in Psychology Building, Room 102. Forms can also be faxed to the attention of Kim McGlaughlin at 410-704-2733, or mailed to: MAT Program Coordinator College of Education Towson University 8000 York Road Towson, MD 21252

Announcements Submit official transcripts for completed prerequisites! All MAT students must complete content prerequisites prior to enrolling in the final spring semester of the program. A grade of 'B' or better is expected for each course. As a reminder, please submit official (unopened) transcripts for all courses taken at colleges other than Towson. Transcripts can be submitted to Kim McGlaughlin in the MAT office, Psychology Building, Room 102 or emailed to [email protected] They can also be mailed to:

MAT Program Coordinator College of Education Towson University 8000 York Road Towson, MD 21252

You do not need to submit official transcripts for prerequisites completed at Towson University. Please email Kim McGlaughlin ([email protected]) when grades have posted.

Rachael Bensley is currently the College of Education Graduate Student Representative for the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Rachael graduated from Towson University in Spring 2015 with her Bachelors in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Currently she is in her first year of the Masters of Arts in Teaching program with a concentration in Elementary Education. During her time in the GSA, she created both the Achievement Newsletter and the College of Education Advisory Group. Rachael represents graduate students by serving on the University Senate and the Teacher Education Executive Board. As a College of Education representative, she enjoys advocating for graduate students as well as networking with students and faculty.

MAT Alumni, William and Justine Forrester and their two children.

William Forrester graduated from the MAT Program in May 2006, with a degree in Elementary Education. From there, he has truly diversified and soared.

Bill began his education career as a fourth grade teacher at Park Elementary in Anne Arundel County (one of the schools in which he completed his internship). Not long afterward, he married his wife, Justine, who graduated with Bill from the MAT Program. You can read more about Justine’s accomplishments on the next page. Bill earned his Administration I certificate and began pursuing his interest in Computer Science. He completed his Master of Science degree, with distinction, at Towson. He was inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines. Bill started a STEM lab at Park ES, becoming the lead STEM teacher and coach, and a member of the County STEM team. Bill has written computer science curriculum for K- 12, and worked with the expansion of the STEM and computer science programs in AACPS. He worked with faculty and students at Park ES, developing unique and successful activities and learning experiences. He also designed and implemented two career day events (“Spark the Future”). For the first of these events in April 2014, he brought in over 40 guest speakers to talk with students from pre-primary through grade five. These events, experiences and accomplishments have led him to his new position: STEM Coordinator/Chair for AACPS’s STEM magnet high school, North County High, beginning with the current school year. (Continued on next page)

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Justine (Alger) Forrester also graduated from the MAT program in May 2006, with a degree in Elementary Education. In June 2015, Justine received The Apgar Award for Excellence in Instruction at Calvert School. This award is given annually to a faculty member who “has demonstrated the ability to motivate students’ interest, curiosity, and love of learning and the willingness to propose and apply new teaching concepts of methods that expand students’ horizons and potential.” Justine is currently in her fourth year teaching second grade at Calvert School. In the fall of 2015, she received a grant to travel across China for two weeks this summer. She will be learning about Chinese geography and culture as part of the new second grade geography curriculum. We extend our congratulations to William and Justine for their many accomplishments. They are outstanding representatives of the MAT program!

Carole Powell MAT Cluster Two PDS Coordinator

Anne Arundel

News From Across the PDS Clusters: Secondary Education Spring Break in Anne Arundel County is now behind us, and each intern has completed his or her transition to the new placements. In our EDUC 798 classes, interns are in discussions about their preferences for job placements in either middle schools or high schools. Most of the interns have decided their first preferences for job positions upon graduation, and are also aware of the importance of being flexible as they begin to apply for jobs and go to interviews. But what is most important to many interns is the coming opportunities to really make differences in the lives of their students. "It's all about people and relationships,” summed up one of the interns after a lengthy discussion about the positive results of their placements. Another intern added, “I feel so READY to make the differences I hoped to make when I signed up for this program." I agree. The TU MAT two-placement approach for interns is really preparing them for teaching, for Walt Mills choice preferences, and for success in their first years of teaching!

Bruce Damasio

Carroll/Baltimore

The Secondary Carroll/Baltimore County Cohort is active and engaged at full speed as we move towards the end of the Professional Year. We have 12 interns at this point and they are working in a variety of schools. Internship experiences in Baltimore County include Perry Hall High School for Chinese and French world language interns and Franklin High School with an intern teaching 10th and 12th grade English classes. Internships in Carroll County sites include West Middle School in Westminster with 2 of interns teaching seventh grade science and eighth grade English. Liberty High School, located in Eldersburg has two more interns working with mentors and teaching 12th grade English and 10th and 12th grade Science. Oklahoma Road Middle in Eldersburg hosts five of our interns in Science, English and Math. The interns are involved in many aspects of school life and doing well. Many have job offers and multiple interview opportunities ahead of them this month. We are all working to meet our goals and be ready for the final portfolio reviews on May 5th and graduation on May 18th!

Howard

News From Across the PDS Clusters: Secondary Education

The MAT interns are completing their professional year in Howard County Middle and High Schools. Despite all the snow days and late openings, the interns did an excellent job rearranging lessons and being flexible with schedule changes. Great relationships and bonding took place between mentors and students, which made it challenging to move to new schools. However, once in their new schools interns acclimated quickly and began this new adventure with high energy. It surprised me that some students who at first wanted to teach high school then told me they really loved being in the middle school and vise-versa. We are very proud of Elizabeth Myers James who was chosen to receive the Teacher Education Excellence Award. Elizabeth developed a lesson in teaching science literacy using the Socratic Seminar, a discussion to stimulate critical thinking and help with argument writing. Mrs. Toni Ireland, Howard County Literacy Coach, asked Elizabeth’s permission to share the lesson with teachers in the county who were involved in a Continuing Professional Development Course for in-service teachers called, “Watershed Report Card”. The lesson was extremely well received by the teachers. As the end of my first year as University Liaison is coming to an end, I would personally like to thank all the members of the MAT Department for all their help and encouragement. It has been and extremely rewarding year for me and I look forward to many years working with the exceptional students who will become future MAT interns. Nancy Eisenhuth

News from Across the PDS Clusters:

Harford/Baltimore

Early Childhood & Elementary The MAT interns assigned to the Baltimore County and Harford County cluster have recently completed their full time internships at their ‘B’ placement schools, Orems Elementary in Baltimore County, Ring Factory Elementary and Edgewood Elementary in Harford County. Starting in January and through March, the interns steadily increased their teaching responsibilities, culminating in teaching full time for about 10 days. In addition to teaching, interns also completed service projects while at these schools. The service projects were quite varied this year since interns focused on the Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) identified by their mentor teachers. Interns worked with targeted students during tutoring sessions during the school day to help these children progress in various reading and mathematics skills. The service projects involved the following: Kdg. – Reading fluency and comprehension skills Gr. 2 – Solving word problems in math Gr. 3 – Creating a multiplication station for a family math night Gr. 4 – Multiplication and division fact fluency Gr. 5 – Understanding fractions The interns’ service project work did help the students who needed some extra instruction in order to make progress in these areas! The interns will be missed at their ‘B’ placement schools. They are now finishing the internship year at their ‘A’ placement schools; Edgemere Elementary in Baltimore Co. and Edgewood Elementary in Harford County.

Kathy Burr

News from Across the PDS Clusters: Early Childhood & Elementary

Overall, the interns were very successful utilizing positive classroom management strategies. They look forward to refining their classroom management skills during their second placement of their internship. Edie

Howard

Continue reading for news from Anne Arundel County’s ECED and ELED Interns!

Howard

Cluster One interns began their internship participating in several classroom management professional developments for primary and intermediate students. These were presented by Kate Graham, primary teacher and Christian Buzzerd, intermediate teacher. These professional development activities engaged the interns in researched-based positive classroom management tools that have been proven to be effective. The interns learned the importance of setting expectations for behavior. At the end of the professional development, the interns participated in “Make and Take” activities. Many of the strategies learned were immediately implemented by the interns.

Working with English Language Learners in the Classroom: A workshop for all 2015-2016 MAT ECED and ELED Interns On Tuesday afternoon, October 27, 2015, the three MAT Early Childhood and Elementary Clusters met for an interesting, practical and enjoyable workshop on a critical topic: How do classroom teachers effectively work with the increasing number of students for whom English is not a first language? How do we meet the requirement for academic rigor and fluency in academic language that are foundations of the Common Core curriculum ( MCCRS) with ALL of our students? Our presenters were Rachel Ross and Meghan Gregoire-Smith from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of English Acquisition and International Student Services. The presentation was most informative, beginning with some facts and figures that were somewhat surprising to most of the audience. For example…did you know that over 85% of identified ELL students in this country are born in this country? Or that the criteria for proficiency in English Language includes clear expectations for listening, speaking, reading and writing, and that those extend to the languages of math, science, social studies and language arts? Obviously this is the work of the “village” and no longer can be addressed by one ESOL teacher puling students out on a daily or weekly basis. We ALL need to be aware of the standards and of practical, integral strategies to use every day in the classroom. Much of this workshop was devoted to recognizing, understanding and actually using some of these strategies and…guess what? We realized that ALL of those are effective teaching/learning strategies for the WHOLE class. Our current interns left this event with a much broader idea of ELL, and with solid, interesting, thought-provoking ideas to implement in the classroom, right away. Here are some photos of interns working together to learn about, practice, discuss and experiment with some of those ideas and techniques:

Working with English Language Learners in the Classroom:

Working with English Language Learners in the Classroom:

THANKS TO ALL FOR A SPECIAL AFTERNOON! Carole Powell PDS Coordinator : Cluster Two/AACPS Partnership

SIGHT WORD BASH AT FERNDALE EARLY EDUCATION CENTER MAT Cluster Two Professional Development Schools

The three kindergarten interns (Amy Knoblauch, Cheryl Kunkel and Stephanie Lopez) at Ferndale created and implemented a terrific Service Project in which the children and their family members spent a morning learning about activities and playing games that would strengthen students’ sight word recognition, spelling and writing. Besides the fun had by all, families learned about ways they can help their children at home. Each family member went home with a packet of suggested activities and resources. Each child was left with the happy glow that comes from knowing that both their family and their teachers care about them and want to work together to help them to succeed. Each intern gained a deeper understanding of the critical link between the home and the school, so especially important in the pre-primary and primary grades. A win-win situation, all around! We thank the school’s faculty members for their support in planning and in sharing the morning with the students and families. Ferndale is a very special place!

SIGHT WORD BASH AT FERNDALE EARLY EDUCATION CENTER CONTINUED MAT Cluster Two Professional Development Schools

Program-Sharing Day in MAT

Cluster Two! On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Cluster Two participated in the third annual Program-Sharing Day. All Elementary interns in Cluster Two spent the morning observing in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and early childhood resource classes at Ferndale Early Education Center. The Cluster Two Early Childhood interns spent the morning observing in a third and a fifth grade classroom at Glendale Elementary. Making this even more special, the two hosts at Glendale and two hosts at Ferndale are Cluster Two MAT grads, themselves! All interns had a list of “lookfors” to help in specifically observing and comparing teaching and management strategies and student characteristics at the varying levels. After lunch at Ferndale, all interns met with their supervisor to discuss, share, and evaluate their experiences and then, to collaboratively complete a summary of their observation and learning. Interns in both concentrations gained a broader understanding and appreciation of the differences AND the similarities in working with a seven-year range of students. We are so grateful to the staffs of both of these Cluster Two Professional Development Schools for their warm welcome and for sharing their expertise. It was a terrific, valuable and eye-opening day for all. This unique event has definitely become a tradition in Cluster Two.

Early childhood interns (left to right) Ann Medley, Amy Knoblauch, Meredith Cook, Stephanie Lopez and Cheryl Kunkel visited Glendale Elementary.

Their hosts, both very successful MAT grads, were fifth grade language arts teacher, Natalie Chakrian, and third grade math teacher, Nicole Carberry.

The Elementary interns traveled around in the morning observing in a variety of classrooms at Ferndale and joined in on the St. Patrick’s Day fun.

Among the hosts: Whitney McCann, Kristen Clark, Julie Sachs, Mary Sinnott, Nancy May, to name a few. Not pictured here, Alicia Winarski and Sarah Linkins, both MAT grads and Cassie Duncan, a December 2015 TU grad. Carole Powell, MAT Cluster Two PDS Coordinator

The afternoon was spent in full Cluster and in Program groups, sharing, discussing and collaborating on the insights gained that morning.

Early Childhood Education Interns: Amy Knoblauch, Meredith Cook, Stephanie Lopez, Cheryl Kunkel and Ann Medley

Elementary Education Interns: Kayla Strine, Sarah Wilson, Jill Schettini, Lorna Harris and Sabrina Lazzaro

The day was interesting, informative, eye-opening and FUN!

Carole Powell, MAT Cluster Two PDS Coordinator

Cluster Two CHAMP’s! By: Carole Powell, MAT PDS Coordinator, Cluster Two /Anne Arundel County

On January 4, as part of our first 2016 seminar, Cluster Two interns learned about the CHAMP’s management system. Our speaker was Jessica Lathroum, experienced MAT mentor , site coordinator and successful proponent/ practitioner of CHAMP’s. Our emphasis was on learning about CHAMP’s, “unpacking” it to identify the critical elements and then discussing how to put these ideas in place in the classroom, whether using the CHAMP’s model or by adapting those elements to use with other management strategies already in place. Since the interesting and informative workshop session, interns have been experimenting and finding success with the cornerstone ideas of CHAMP’s. Those include setting clear, consistent expectations for any classroom activity, discussing with the students what those expectations “look like” in action, the use of positive reinforcement and low-key reminders, and authentic involvement of students in the development of classroom rules. The folding in of these simple effective ideas has made quite a difference to Cluster Two interns!

Jessica Lathroum, CHAMP’S speaker in her own classroom.

Cluster Two intern, Amy Knoblauch, putting the new learning in place in her Kindergarten classroom at Ferndale.

MAT Program Summer 2016 Course Offerings Course, Section

Title and Number of Credits

Dates, Times, and Room Number

Days of Week

Class Number

Summer Session

Instructor

Extended Year Courses ECED 608.621/ ELED 685.621

ECED 618.622

EDUC 730.621

EDUC 731.621

Integrated Curriculum 6/28-7/28 and Authentic Learning 5:00-8:45pm in ECED/Seminar in HH 305 ELED Social Studies (3 credits)

T/Th

Processes and Acquisition of Literacy (3 credits) Additional online time required.

M/W

5/23-6/27

1305/1306

5W2

L. Mason

Session 3

1307

5:00-8:00pm

7W1

H. Skelley

Session 2

HH 018

Principles of Learning, 5/24-6/23 Development & Diversi5:00-8:45pm ty (3 credits) PY 108

T/Th

Curriculum and Assess- 6/28-7/28 ment (3 credits) 5:00-8:45pm

T/Th

1308

5W1

F. Cogswell

Session 1

1309

5W2

D. Letsch

Session 3

PY 108

ISTC 501.621

SPED 637.621

Integrating Instruction- 6/29-7/27 al Technology 5:30-8:00pm (50-89% online) HH 219 (3 credits)

M/W

Inclusion for the Classroom Teacher (3 credits)

M/W

5/23-6/27

1310

5W2

C. Wood

Session 3

1311

7W1 Session 2

A. Noggle

4:20-8:30pm PY 300

Please note: Please register ONLY for the sections of the courses that appear above and disregard other sections of these courses you may find online. Course offerings are accurate as of 2/3/2016. Course offerings subject to change. Students should always check their schedules at: students.towson.edu prior to attending the first day of classes. Courses must meet University enrollment minimums in order to run as scheduled.

MAT Program Fall 2016 Course Offerings Foundation Courses:

Days, Times, Room

Class Number

Instructor

EDUC 717.621

T

4916

X. Liu

Children’s Literature and Other Materials to Teach Reading (3)

4:20 – 6:50 pm

4917

F. Cogswell

4918

D. Letsch

4919

A Noggle

4920

D. Fuller

4921

C. Wood

Course, Section

PY 306

(ECED/ELED only)

EDUC 730.621

W

Principles of Learning, Development and Diversity (3)

4:20 – 7:00 pm

EDUC 731.621

W

Curriculum and Assessment (3)

5:30 – 8:10 pm

PY 302

PY 304

SPED 637.621

M

Inclusion for the Classroom Teacher

4:20 – 6:50 pm

(3)

PY 312

ISTC 501.621

M

Integrating Instructional Technology (3)

4:25 – 6:55 pm

(SCED only)

HH 209

Note: 0009-Tech Fee

ISTC 501.622

T

Integrating Instructional Technology (3)

5:30 – 8:00 pm

(SCED only)

HH 207

Note: 0009-Tech Fee

MAT Program Fall 2016 Course Offerings Foundation Courses:

Days, Times, Room

Class Number

Instructor

SCED 560.621

Th

4922

B. Eicher-Beard

Using Reading and Writing in the Secondary School (4)

4:20 - 7:50 pm

Days, Times, Room

Class Number

Instructor

ECED 604.621

Th

4926

K. Blevins

Math/Science in the Early Childhood Education Program (3)

5:00 – 7:40 pm

4927

H. Skelley

4928

X. Liu

6174

G. Kaplan-Wassell

4932

J. Borgerding

Course, Section

HH 409

(SCED only)

Curriculum Courses: Course, Section

HH 021

(ECED only)

ECED 623.621

W

Strategies for Teaching Reading and Writing: Balanced Literacy Approaches in an Early Childhood Classroom(3)

5:00 – 7:40 pm LI 002

(ECED only)

EDUC 787.621

Th

Instructional Practices in the Development of Literacy (3)

4:20 – 7:00 pm PY 304

(ELED only)

MATH 423.101

M

Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Schools (3)

4:30 – 7:10 pm YR 308

(SCED only)

SCED 353.621

Th

Teaching Modern Foreign Language in the Secondary School (3) (SCED only)

5:00 – 7:40 pm HH 027

MAT Program Fall 2016 Course Offerings Curriculum Courses:

Days, Times, Room

Class Number

Instructor

SCED 355.621

M

4933

A Lucas

Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School (3)

4:20 – 6:50 pm

4934

L. Barker

1661

R. Hermann

Course, Section

HH 016

(SCED only)

SCED 357.621

M

Teaching English in the Secondary School (3)

4:20 – 6:50 pm HH 313

(SCED only)

SCIE 380.101

M

Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools (3)

5:00 – 7:45 pm SM 400

(SCED only)

Please note: Please register ONLY for the sections of the courses that appear above and disregard other sections of these courses you may find online. Course offerings are accurate as of 3/23/2016. Course offerings are subject to change. Students should always check their schedules at: students.towson.edu prior to attending the first day of classes. Courses must meet University enrollment minimums in order to run as scheduled.

Are You Entering the Professional Year this Fall 2016? MAT students who plan to enter their Professional Year in Fall 2016 will receive an email in June, from MAT program coordinator Kim McGlaughlin, with your PDS assignment and course registration information. Once you receive this email, you will be approved to enroll in the appropriate internship and related coursework sections . You will not be able to enroll in these courses until you receive notification of your PDS assignment.

There are TWO ways to register: Online: http://students.towson.edu. Click the link under Towson Online Services. You must have a tiger username and password as well as a Towson ID. Please contact the Graduate Admissions office at 410-704-3563 if you have not yet received your Towson ID. In-Person: Register at the Enrollment Services Center, Room 223.

Fall 2016 registration will begin on: Wednesday, April 6th If you register after the posted registration dates, you will need to obtain a drop/add form and have it signed by the Program Director in the MAT office before you may register. We strongly encourage all students to register for courses a minimum of two weeks prior to the end of registration. Otherwise, you take the risk of losing the availability of the courses. If you have difficulty registering, you should contact:

To Enroll in a Course 

Graduate Admissions office (410-7043563) to make sure you are cleared for registration.



Enrollment Services (410-704-2701) to clear up any other registration barrier.



The Health Center (410-704-2466) to provide documentation of your immunization record.



OTS Help Center (410-704-5151) to clear up login questions.



If you are still unable to register, please call the MAT office (410-7045388).

MAT Office Staff Name Judy Reber Program Director Kim McGlaughlin Program Coordinator Dale Schmertzler Administrative Assistant Lauren Freeman Graduate Assistant Adriana Pizzadili Graduate Assistant

Office

Phone Number

E-mail

PY 102

410-704-4935

[email protected]

PY 102

410-704-5629

[email protected]

PY 102

410-704-4850

[email protected]

PY 102

410-704-5388

[email protected]

PY 102

410-704-5388

[email protected]

MAT Program Advisors Name Lisa Mason Early Childhood Dr. Xiaoming Liu Elementary R. Mark Herzog Secondary Andrea Parrish Special Education

Office

Phone Number

E-mail

HH 010B

410-704-5271

[email protected]

HH 413C

410-704-3539

[email protected]

HH 413A

410-704-5896

[email protected]

PY 310

410-704-3835

[email protected]