Education doctoral students Soumita Basu (left) and Hui (Mocha) Yang (center) help young coders learn at the Newark Free Library.

Education doctoral students Soumita Basu (left) and Hui (Mocha) Yang (center) help young coders learn at the Newark Free Library.

Learning happens not only in schools, but also in places like community organizations, museums, after-school programs, and libraries. In fact, in fields such as science and technology, these informal environments are critical in supporting learners from under-represented groups and in providing resources that might not be available in formal K-12 or university classrooms.

Our Spring 2018 series presents research and practices that bring community knowledge to a variety of learning environments. It aims to help new and practicing teachers engage with communities and build bridges between their classrooms and informal learning environments.

All events will be 1:25-2:25 in Willard Hall 207.

Audience members are welcome to participate in a discussion with the speaker following the colloquia.

February 14

Leah M Melber
Knight Vice President of Education
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
“From ‘Reddit’ to Reality: Our Informal Connections with Nature.”

April 25

Melissa Gresalfi
Department of Teaching and Learning
Vanderbilt University
“The Spaces We Create: Motivation, Identity, and Learning.”

May 2

Laura Justice
Department of Educational Studies
The Ohio State University
“Fostering Reading at Home: Overcoming Barriers that Impede Parent-Child Reading.”

May 9

Sasha Palmquist
Senior Research Associate
The Institute for Learning Innovation
Title of presentation to be announced.