Governor Engler Commends UK2K Program.
DNR's Cartoon Characters Sandy Dunes and Forrest Trails to accompany teachers into Urban England's Classrooms
John Truscott (517) 335-6397
Later this month, a group of 15 Central Michigan
University education majors will travel to Enfield,
participate in a new study abroad teaching program. The visit to Enfield,
a borough of London, is expected to provide the future educators with
diversity experience in an urban setting.
As part of their teaching experience, CMU student teachers
will use the DNR's award-winning Michigan LAP's Project material
(Learn from the past, Appreciate the present, Preserve our outdoor
heritage!) to teach the English children about Michigan and its natural
Cartoon characters Sandy Dunes and Forrest Trails,
designed specifically for the curriculum, take students on a tour of
Michigan State Parks without having to leave the classroom. The curriculum
is aligned with the Michigan Curriculum Framework Content Standards and
Benchmarks, and features teaching lessons in areas of Social Studies,
Language Arts, Assessment, Science, Math, Art and Music. It is also
designed to achieve objectives and benchmarks under the Michigan
Educational Assessment Program.
"The LAP's Program shows a real commitment to not
only interdisciplinary education, but to the conservation of Michigan's
natural resources," said Governor Engler. "The DNR has taken an
innovative approach to informing, educating and involving today's youth
in the conservation effort."
The fourth grade supplemental history curriculum was
introduced to more than 6,800 schools throughout Michigan last November.
It was honored for its innovative excellence by the National Wild Turkey
Federation and the Michigan Recreation and Park Association. In addition,
the curriculum was awarded the Daniel Flaherty Park Excellence Award,
which is considered the most prestigious parks and recreation award that
cities, counties, park districts and state agencies in the Midwest can
compete for on an annual basis.
CMU's office of International Education helped
coordinate the trip and prepare the students for their travel abroad. For
eight weeks, these future educators will gain valuable classroom
experience, teaching students ranging from grades K-12.
Marguerite Terrill, a faculty member in the College of
Education and Human Services who will accompany the student teachers to
London and supervise them during their two-month stay, said the LAP's
Project is a natural for the trip.
"The comprehensive teaching manual definitely is on
the cutting edge of education and contains valuable information for teachers, even before
they begin to use it in the classroom," Terrill said. The material
offers an excellent opportunity to compare geographical locations,
language variations, curriculum and cultures in general. Most of all, it
makes teaching fun."
All the learning is not confined to classroom settings,
however. Some day trips are planned for the CMU students so that they can
take in some of England's rich history.
"These are future teachers, and I want them to leave
England with a heightened appreciation of diversity, both at home and
abroad, and a better understanding of global perspectives," Terrill
| CMU students participating in the teaching program in
|Jodi Aslanian, of Trenton
|| Bethany Gomez, of Muskegon
|Becky Berbertz, of Reese
|| Tennille Hileski, of Allegan
|Lisa Burns, of Cass City
|| Robin Ill, of Millington
|Mandy Corner, of Cadillac
|| Laura Juopperi, of Hazel Park
|Emily Deaton, of Plainwell
|| Michelle Lee, of Port Huron
|Laura DeLisle, of Fenton
|| Amanda McConnell, of Rosebush
|Julie Cordier, of Owosso
|| Brooke Smethhurst, of Gaylord
|Alicia Thomas, of Detroit
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