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Project Coach Co-Founders and Faculty Directors, Sam Intrator and Don Siegel, Investigate Out-Of-School Programs Helping Underserved Youth in Their New Book, The Quest for Mastery.

In The Quest for Mastery, Sam Intrator and Don Siegel investigate an emerging trend: the growth of out-of-school programs dedicated to helping underserved youth develop the personal qulaities and capacities that will help them succeed in school, college, and beyond.

Intensive programs from rowing to youth radio, from lacrosse to studio art, aim to create "communities of practice" that capture young people's interest and support them as they strive to excel.

By documenting the powerful effect out-of school programs like these can have in transforming lives, Intrator and Seigel show how young people can become engaged in meaningful and productive learning experiences.

 

Professor Rosetta Marantz Cohen Researches How Teachers Around the World Feel About Their Work.

Professor Rosetta Marantz Cohen has been researching how teachers around the world feel about their work, revealing surprising similarities to their American counterparts. Her quest: To redefine the way we think about and value teachers.

Despite the vital role teachers play, actual public perceptions of teaching are eroding, even in countries like Japan where the profession was once venerated. Rosetta Cohen's research, featured in a recent article in Insight, offers insights into how to encourage smart, committed professionals to pursue lifelong careers in teaching- careers in which they remain passionate about their work and they are recognized and valued.

Shannon Audley-Piotrowski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Child Study, Wins SAGE/STP Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award.

Shannon Audley-Piotrowski, Assistant Professor in Education and Child Study, just returned from the American Psychological Association (APA) 2013 Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Professor Audley-Piotrowski co-chaired a symposium titled, "Open Pedagogy: How Open Educational Resources Shape Pedagogy: Student Perceptions of Effectiveness." She participated in another symposium titled, Interviewing Children-- Bridging Psychological Subdisciplines Through Negotiation and presented, Child-Researcher Dialogue and Children's Justifications of Prosocial Behaviors.

Audley-Piotrowski also won the SAGE/STP (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award.


Project Coach News

Project Coach Leaders Present at The Partners in After School Education Conference in New York City

On Tuesday, July 30, Sam Intrator, Andy Wood, Don Siegel and Kayleigh Colombero presented at the Partners in After School Education Conference in New York City. The conference, which drew 400 leaders from the after school world was focused on leadership and the impact of after school programs on youth development.

The presentation was titled Making Youth Development Principles Work in Sports-Themed Programs. The presentation focused on research being done in the Project Coach out-of-school program run by Smith Faculty and students in Springfield. Project Coach is a core element of the Smith College Urban Education Initiative, a program that provides Smith students the opportunity to engag in the scholarly study of urban educational policy, reform and practice by taking classes and working in urban educational contexts.

Project Coach was featured in an article for the Grécourt Gate. The article features an interview with director Kayleigh Colombero. Read the article >