Professor Joanne Van Boxtel from the Department of Education provides an overview of current trends in the special education field and presents information about a new undergraduate program in CEIS called the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP). ITEP offers a combined bachelor’s degree and credential program for students desiring an education specialist credential. Students can graduate with their degree and teaching credential in only four years.
Professor Dennis Quinn discusses Cal Poly Pomona’s unique Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program. Within IGE, students are exposed to different ways of thinking and complete their general education requirements in courses that minimize lecture and emphasize group projects and creativity.
Professor Nancy Hurlbut from the Department of Education gives an overview of the Early Childhood Studies program in CEIS and summarizes how children’s early development can maximize their growth and potential.
Professor Haiming Liu from the Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies discusses how the history of Chinese food in America reflects the history of the Chinese immigrant experience. He includes other observations from his book, “From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express: A History of Chinese Food in the United States.” He also discusses his archive project devoted to preserving Chinese-American history.
Professor Richard Navarro from the Department of Education discusses a project he led to promote economic recovery in El Salvador by combating the country’s greatest barriers including shortage of investments in innovation and research, and the lack of skilled workers. He said many of the challenges that El Salvador faces are issues that higher education and private sector are struggling to address around the world, including in our own country.
Professor Jose Aguilar Hernandez from the Department of Ethnic & Women Studies shares details about preserving Chicano/Chicana history through his archive project and explains the historical development of ethnic studies.
Professor Doreen Gehry Nelson and second grade teacher Daphne Chase share classroom success stories about the innovative teaching strategies of Design Based Learning. The program has reportedly ignited students’ creativity in learning and assisted them with meeting California State Standards.
Professor Sandy Dixon from the Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies discusses the portrayal of Native Americans and their cultures in society. She also shares what can be done to increase the knowledge and understanding of Native cultures.
Professor Christina Chavez-Reyes from the Department of Liberal Studies discusses her book, based on her family,“Five Generations of a Mexican American Family in Los Angeles.” She discusses the personal challenges she had to face in her own schools and how California has evolved in providing education for Latino children.