The School of Education at the University of Redlands continues to evolve. This evolution comes from many places in the form of study abroad, inspiring graduation speeches, and through the addition of our four new faculty. It is a tremendous time to be in education, where social challenges are real.
Dr. Gregory Hamilton has traveled to Haiti twice in the last year to serve as a leader teacher. Dr. Hamilton shares with us his experience and the insight that comes with developing culturally relevant curriculum.
There is a saying in Haiti that goes: Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li. Little by little the bird builds its nest. Haiti is a country rich in culture, but at the same time, one of the poorest countries in the world. Arriving in Port-au-Prince, you witnesses the absolute destruction of a city hit hard by the earthquake of 2010 and the hurricane of 2016.
It is hard to imagine how a person might survive amongst the rubble of homes, churches, schools, medical centers and community plazas. But survive the Haitians do. With great strength and pride, the city streets come alive early in the morning. Businesses make do with tarps for roofs and a mixture of concrete and wooden beams. A family of four zips by on a single motorcycle. Food venders set up shop on tattered pieces of tarp spread out across a sidewalk. Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li. Little by little the bird builds its nest.
In 1994, I was asked “what will you advocate for in this life?” I vividly remember thinking about my own life and responding with “I will advocate for the academic advancement of young students, especially those who face adversities.” Initially, I did not have the perfect plan or explanation of how, or in which capacity, I would do this work. I only knew that I wanted to give back what I received in my academic journey in the form of support and encouragement to students as they navigate their own educational pathways. Throughout the following years, I thought about teaching, but my career path seemed to be headed in a different direction. I worked as a creative manager designing marketing materials for Paramount Picture’s international campaigns during the week, and on the weekends I taught dance in the inner-city. To say I was immersed in my work during the week is an understatement, yet the hours moved slower than snail mail when I thought about teaching on the weekends.
The Strength of Women in Education
We asked three students in the School of Education to talk about their passion and what making a difference in education means to them.
Defying all odds and overcoming challenges is the mantra Cynthia lives by to navigate her academic journey. As a teacher, she advocates for students by being a positive change agent and setting realistic expectations.
Nadine's knowledge of academic advising and the challenges of immigrant students expanded and increased her passion for academic advising and helped pave her skillset in helping immigrant students like herself.
The inaugural Ed.D. Book Discussion Series was conceived out of the idea of having an ongoing series of out-of-class discussions on seminal texts that support the work of the doctoral program.
Meet our newest staff member in the Fieldwork and Advising office.
We are pleased to introduce you to our new fieldwork coordinator, Erin Parra. Erin is a first generation college student who received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. She graduated this April from our Master of Arts in Education, Learning and Teaching Program and is currently a student in the School Counseling Program.
The main job responsibilities of Erin's position is to provide students with fieldwork information and help in the application process for student teaching.