In this international service-learning course, Oklahoma State University students who are studying in various education-related programs work with Belizean teachers and children to develop knowledge of effective literacy practices. Our main goals are to collaborate and co-teach with the Belizean teachers, to provide professional development in literacy instruction for all participants, and to learn about the Belizean education system and culture from the teachers and students with whom we interact. OSU students spend one week in a Belizean primary grades classroom (equivalent to US grades K-8) working with the teacher to implement “best practices” in literacy education. The lessons are designed to be model lessons that teachers can build upon in the future. OSU students also lead a poetry writing club for children after school. The professor, along with any doctoral students who participate in the course, provide additional professional development for the Belizean teachers in areas of need, as determined by the school teachers and principal.
Jennifer Sanders, Ph.D.
School Head, School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership
Class Meeting Dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, Mar. 9, April 13
Class Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Travel Days: March 17-25, 2018
Who can participate?
We need early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education majors, graduate students in education programs with K-12 classroom teaching experience, reading/literacy students, curriculum studies students, TESOL majors, or those with related expertise. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Doctoral students can also collaboratively design a research study related to our work.
The total project cost will be around $2,900. This includes $600 for the 3-credit course, airfare, hotel, ground transportation, bottled water, most meals, school supplies for the Belizean classrooms, and excursion fees.
Orientation Meeting: Nov. 2 from 6:00-7:00pm in Willard Hall Room 333. This meeting will provide an overview of the project and trip as well as an opportunity to ask questions.