This service-learning course is an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary team of students to spend a week in January at a special elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school has responded to low student test scores in a brave, unusual way: by integrating project-based learning and the arts into its curriculum.
Last year, to help the school build its capacity for project-based learning, the team worked with children in grades three to five on filming and basic video production. In 2018 the team will guide students in writing and illustrating short stories and binding them into beautiful books. Team leaders will be Bryan Duff, Lanre Akinsiku, and Gregory Page.
You will need to enroll in the two-credit winter course EDUC 4940 (Special Topics in Education). Before the experience in Baton Rouge, the team will meet at Cornell for two weekend seminars, one in November and another in December. These seminars will be scheduled at the group's mutual convenience.