Middle Grades Philosophy and Organization, Spring 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C19
Instructor: Dr. Monica McEnerny
Location: Stafford Academic Center, Room 142 (Feb 9) & 130 (March 2), Castleton University
Dates and Times: February 9 – March 23, 2019. 2 Saturday in-person sessions from 10:00-2:00 on February 9 and March 2 and the rest online using Google Classroom.
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $925

NOTE: Course payment of $925 by check or purchase order, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05753. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

Efficient and effective middle schools are organized to develop comprehensive, purposeful, and forward-moving spaces for young adolescents. Highly collaborative structures help ensure schools create safe and inclusive environments. In turn, well organized middle schools ensure high expectations in a democratic system that supports both adults and students. Middle grades philosophy is unique to the needs of young adolescents. Participants in this course will explore self-directed, personalized approaches to learning that promote developmentally responsive pedagogy. The unique physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students ages 10-14, and in grades 5-9, will be paramount to our focus as we explore middle grades philosophy and structures that include civic engagement, grouping, scheduling, transitioning, guiding, and supporting students.

Course Objectives/Goals

● Exploring leadership in schools
● Creating Advisories
● Establishing Professional Learning Communities
● Planning in an Interdisciplinary, integrated and negotiated way
● Creating a safe and inclusive community - climate and culture
● Understanding the differences between junior high and middle-level philosophies
● Teaming through integration and interdisciplinary studies


VT Middle Grades Endorsement Standards will be met: 
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.3.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3, 5.2.4, 5.2.5

Course Expectations

Class Schedule: 
Weekly online assignments designed to help students meet the expected proficiencies, plus
February 9- In Person Check-In; Set-Up
March 2 - In Person Check-In; Share 
March 23 - Final Project Link Due on Google Classroom

Course Timeline, Assignments, and Expectations: 
We will utilize proficiency-based assessments in this course and will be guided by a Schedule and Activities List. 

Participants in this course must demonstrate proficiency in the required standards. Feedback on assignments will take place on Google Classroom. All grades and confidential information will be posted to Canvas. 

1. Consistent attendance and active participation in all activities;
2. Successful completion of all assignments, including the use of technology tools designed to exercise reflective skills as professional practice; 
3. Successful completion of goal setting and proficiency tracking; and 
4. Successful completion of a fully developed final project. 

25% - Attendance and Participation (Evidence of 5 modules explored)
25% - Technology and Reflection on Personalized Learning Sites
25% - Goal-Setting and Individualized Assignments
25% - Final Choice Project based on Personal Goals

Required Texts

● Readings will be provided in personalized teaching and learning modules. Suggested texts include: 
○ McEnerny, Monica. A Teacher’s Journey to Adolescence. Scholars’ Press. 2015.
○ Atwell, Nancy. In the Middle, 3rd Edition. Heinemann. 2013. 
○ Vermont Middle Grades Task Force (2009). Middle School is Not a Building.
● Technology and online resources are integral parts of this course. For help accessing technology or resources, please notify the instructor immediately so that we may make accommodations.

For additional course information

Dr. Monica McEnerny
(802) 468-1358

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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