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Georgian Court Celebrates 100 Years of American Education

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 24, 2009—Georgian Court University’s School of Education is exploring 100 years of American education in celebration of the university’s Centennial. Undergraduate and graduate students researched and developed themes around changes or ideas in education over the last century and will present their results on Tuesday, April 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Casino building on the Lakewood campus. The public is invited for this free event.

“The project helped students appreciate the context in which “The Court” was established and the extraordinary developments that have taken place in education,” says Jacqueline Kress, Ed.D., dean of GCU’s School of Education.

“The projects include a wide variety that demonstrate both student learning and creativity including a “Big Book,” two board games (“Georgianopoly” and “The History of the PTA”), and tri-fold visual displays depicting main points of the research papers,” says Dean Kress. “Topics include emotional intelligence, 100 years of Catholic education, technology and leadership, inclusion, the history of gifted and talented programs, test anxiety, cerebral palsy, autism, children's literature, auditory processing, math education, censorship, school law, visual impairment, and modular schools,” she adds.

Three top projects from each participating class were nominated by the course faculty for a total of 57 semifinalists. From this group, 37 projects are competing for top honors and prizes. These 16 multimedia projects and 21 papers with posters were reviewed by a panel of judges representing a variety of university departments. Prizes, including iPods and iTunes gift cards, will be presented to the top projects selected by the panel of judges. Some of the prizes have been donated by local businesses.

The projects are currently showcased in the library arcade for the campus community. They will be moved to the Casino for the culminating event on April 28. “In addition to the award of prizes to the creators of the top projects in the 100 Years of American Education showcase, the celebration marks the end of student teaching for 217 teacher candidates, their cooperating teachers from area elementary and high schools, and their clinical faculty supervisors,” says Dean Kress. “The student teachers who are being nominated as New Jersey Student Teacher of the Year will also be announced at this event.”

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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