Event Title

Using Community Internships to Learn About Public School Communities

Mentor 1

Ben Trager

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

5-4-2019 1:30 PM

End Date

5-4-2019 3:30 PM

Description

The community-based internship program at public higher education institution combines service learning, community study, internship, and reflection for an all-encompassing learning experience. This program allows undergraduate university students into public school districts in communities to help schoolchildren with math and reading. An important component of the internship program is to develop resolutions about community and personal perceptions. Through observing the environment of the classroom -interacting with teachers, students, and parents - and collaborating with peers, university students have observed how the school community impacts the elementary school students. First, they have learned that when school communities are smaller, it gives children a support system that they may not have otherwise. When the small class sizes are included with cultural events, children gain knowledge of their cultural backgrounds that they may not have otherwise had. Lastly, when people from outside of the community enter, it creates a cultural exchange between students, staff, and non-community members. As the internship continues, a greater sense of community will be established and the university students will gain more knowledge about the interaction between a school community and its surroundings.

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Apr 5th, 1:30 PM Apr 5th, 3:30 PM

Using Community Internships to Learn About Public School Communities

Union Wisconsin Room

The community-based internship program at public higher education institution combines service learning, community study, internship, and reflection for an all-encompassing learning experience. This program allows undergraduate university students into public school districts in communities to help schoolchildren with math and reading. An important component of the internship program is to develop resolutions about community and personal perceptions. Through observing the environment of the classroom -interacting with teachers, students, and parents - and collaborating with peers, university students have observed how the school community impacts the elementary school students. First, they have learned that when school communities are smaller, it gives children a support system that they may not have otherwise. When the small class sizes are included with cultural events, children gain knowledge of their cultural backgrounds that they may not have otherwise had. Lastly, when people from outside of the community enter, it creates a cultural exchange between students, staff, and non-community members. As the internship continues, a greater sense of community will be established and the university students will gain more knowledge about the interaction between a school community and its surroundings.