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Child Studies Program


Engaged Teaching

Students engage in hands-on, experiential, collaborative, and purposeful projects in each of their Child Studies courses.

Students enrolled in Child Studies classes experience a variety of project-based, cutting edge pedagogical methods that lead to engaged learning, higher motivation, self-reflection, real-world applications of material and the impetus to stand in solidarity with underserved populations. Child Studies students engage in such conversations as: How do we appropriately leverage technology, including virtual reality, to teach to the next generation? How do we develop ourselves as culturally competent, mindful leaders? How do mindfulness-based interventions relate to schools, prisons, hospitals? How do we use information literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, and design thinking to innovate and solve issues like homelessness, school dropout rates, and the preschool to prison pipeline? How do we develop programs that foster resilience in families and communities? How do we fight systems of oppression? Students collaboratively examine solutions to rigorous 21st century demands, peer teach material in the classroom, learn alongside faculty and present at national and international conferences. Students demonstrate their knowledge in creative, comprehensive and compelling ways. Faculty strive to create a classroom climate that exemplifies care, respect and inclusivity.