College Organizes Professional Development Opportunity for Brunswick High School

Story posted September 16, 2010

With Common Good Day (Saturday, September 25) fast approaching, the College itself has engaged in community-minded educational outreach to a neighbor with an afternoon of professional development programming for Brunswick High School faculty and staff.

The high school teachers were on campus September 15, sitting in on classes, touring labs and the Museum of Art, meeting informally with Bowdoin faculty in disciplines related to theirs, and attending workshops on admissions, academic preparedness, co-curricular education, mentoring student-teachers and writing letters of recommendation.

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Educators from Brunswick High School join faculty from Bowdoin's education department in the Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall, to discuss the ways in which Bowdoin students can contribute to public school classrooms — and how BHS faculty can mentor them.

"The goal of this pilot program is to enhance understanding and communication, and foster mutually beneficial ties between the College and local schools," says Janice Jaffe, the associate director for community-based courses and research at the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, which organized the program.

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