Wesley College’s Department of Educational Studies and Teacher Licensure hosted a Summer Institute on Aug. 10-11 at the campus.

More than 50 educators participated in the two-day federal grant-funded event. Attendees included Wesley College student teachers, education faculty and alumni and members from Wesley’s K-12 partner school districts.

The goal of the institute was to bring together student teachers, cooperating teachers and college supervisors to form a learning community with the Wesley College education faculty. In addition to learning expectations for the student teaching field experience, the institute also focused on bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Curriculum, instruction, planning, student engagement and professionalism were the focus of sessions. Attendees also participated in ice-breakers and experiential learning activities, which they could utilize in their classrooms to promote problem-solving, listening and collaboration skills.

The two-day event also included an introduction to the Education Department’s low ropes course and outdoor classroom. This course is designed to help groups learn how to communicate, cooperate and challenge themselves while participating in activities.Participants were encouraged to return to the low ropes course with their classrooms and colleagues to experience the team building activities.

The Summer Institute was developed and facilitated by a joint team from Wesley College and Capital School District. Wesley College education faculty and staff were Marcia Lawton, Tina Mitchell, Patricia Sherblom, Mandi Tierney, Colette Wheatley and Jamie Whitman-Smithe. Capital School District faculty and staff were Sandi Begor, Kristin Brown-Massey, Kim Burrows, Pam Herrera, Alexis Huttie, Tina Metcalfe, Gene Montaño, Lindsay Powell-Conley and Rhonda Turner.