Department News

State Farm Makes Grant to Albion College Education Program

State Farm agent Mark Putvin and Albion College President Donna Randall.
State Farm's Mark Putvin with President Donna Randall.

An innovative learning experience for Michigan's future teachers and local children foresees a bright future, thanks to continued major underwriting from State Farm Insurance Companies Foundation. Albion College's Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development has accepted a $20,000 grant from State Farm's foundation to help underwrite its collaboration project with Albion Public Schools.

Britons Receive Teaching Fellowships

Albion College graduates Melanie Kapolka, ’11, and Kristen Karczewski, ’09, are among the first 92 recipients of the W.K. Kellogg-Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.

According to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “The three-year fellowship is awarded to promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fellows receive $30,000 to pursue a customized master’s degree program that prepares them to teach in high-need urban or rural secondary schools in seven local districts across the state.”

Education Students Succeed, Cross Boundary into Local Schools

Kelsey Lademan, '12, talked with visitors to her display at the "Showcase of Learning" in the Science Complex Atrium. Dave Lawrence photographKelsey Lademan, '12, talked with visitors to her display at the "Showcase of Learning" in the Science Complex Atrium.
(Photo: Dave Lawrence)
Education students helped to mark the completion of Albion College’s theme year of sustainability by making the connection in the lessons they prepared and delivered to students in the Albion Public Schools during the month of May.

Titled “Boundary Crossings” in the course catalog and known on campus as Maymester, the program is an example of the Albion Advantage in that it provides the College’s prospective teachers an opportunity to experience the rigors of the education profession – everything from observation, the development of lesson plans and learning materials, and actual classroom management and instruction – even before the capstone of completing the student teaching assignment.

Student Teacher Capstone Celebration

Capstone Week is a time Albion College student teachers engage in activities designed to help them integrate their education coursework, coursework in their major and minor areas of study, field placements, and student teaching experiences. 

At the end of Capstone Week is a celebration where students are honored for their hard work and for the professional and academic changes that have occurred over the previous four years.

Students, faculty, and staff all participate in Capstone Week
More Capstone Attendees
Sally Bowman examines Regina Markel's project while Heather Dueweke looks on
Christine Musser encouraging other student teachers to teach creatively
Pete Grostic describing his portfolio
Dave Smith goes over his action research project
Future student teachers attending Capstone presentations
A group photo of student teachers and faculty
Jaime Daniel gets the rest of us to move!