Advising your Education students

January 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has emphasized the importance of education by creating innovative programs and obtaining more funding for his department than any previous Secretary.

Your students can take advantage of many new opportunities to advance their careers as well as obtain great internships. Here’s a sampling of timely issues and internships for 2011:

  • The following excerpt from the online Wall Street Journal is by Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the public school system in Washington, D.C.:  In the past year, 46 states grappled with budget deficits of more than $130 billion. This year could be worse as federal recovery dollars dry up. And yet, for education reform, 2011 could be the best of times. Three weeks ago, I founded StudentsFirst, a national organization to defend and promote the interests of children in public education and to pursue an aggressive reform agenda to make American schools the best in the world. In the first 48 hours, 100,000 Americans signed up as members, contributing $1 million in small online donations. This week StudentsFirst is introducing its legislative agenda, “A Challenge to States and Districts: Policies that Put Students First.” It is a comprehensive set of policies and legislation that we believe must be adopted to create the right environment at local and state levels, where transformational school reform can take hold. StudentsFirst’s efforts will center on three key areas:  treat teachers like professionals, empower parents and families with real choices and real information, and ensure accountability for every dollar and every child.
  • On Jan. 12 in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Christopher Paslay, Philadelphia schoolteacher, author, and blogger, voiced concern that teachers are the least consulted experts on reform.  He wrote, “But if education leaders are going to demand that teachers perform with the precision of surgeons, then teachers should be treated as specialists. Their experience and expertise should be used to reform policy and set budgets so they can get the educational support they need to help children succeed.” Read more.
  • The Student Conservation Association will appeal to Education students who have a deep care for the earth and a love for nature, the environment, education, and the outdoors and want to share it with others. SCA offers seasonal work and internships in all 50 states.
  • A Smithsonian Institution internship is a prearranged, structured learning experience scheduled in a specific time frame. The experience must be relevant to the intern’s academic and professional goals and to research and museum activities of the Institution. For more information contact the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.
  • Teach for America has developed relationships with highly regarded nonprofit organizations that offer many internships. Some examples of groups that work with youth are Crossroads for Kids, Jumpstart, and Let’s Get Ready. For more information go to  www.teachforamerica.org
  • Internships.com offers nearly 1,200 internship listings for Education majors. Opportunities include the Chicago Zoological Society, which is accepting applications for interns to develop play programs and experiences in area zoos. Another interesting, paid internship for an Education major is the Summer Undergraduate Internship in Nonproliferation Studies at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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