Paid tutoring positions with Hartford Public Schools

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We are looking for dedicated, and compassionate Trinity students who can commit to a few hours per week, for the entire semester, to work with K-4th grade or middle school children on site in Hartford schools. It is a very rewarding experience, and you would be paid $10 per hour for your time. You can choose from:

  • Power Lunch: reading one-on-one with a student
  • Readers As Leaders: Assisting with program facilitation
  • Extended Day After-school program, – one-on-one tutoring and assisting with the extended day programs.
  • Classroom assistance, with the potential of working with small groups.

Background: With the help of Trinity alumna Tomoyo Wakamatsu (1993) we have obtained a Henkel Corporation grant to fund a Trinity College/Hartford Public School outreach program. Please contact Professor John Mertens ( to learn more. (Posted January 2012)

Educ 303: Becoming Citizens, new course in Spring 2013

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Trinity’s Curriculum Committee has approved a proposal from Professor Andrea Dyrness to teach a new course, Educ 303: Becoming Citizens: Youth Identity and Civic Action, in Spring 2013.

Course description: How do young people from diverse social backgrounds develop a sense of themselves and their responsibility to others? How and why do some become committed to work for social change, while others do not? Do high school and college campuses provide supportive contexts for young people’s civic identity development?  Drawing on a body of qualitative research and the Trinity College context, this course will investigate these questions, with the goal of understanding how citizenship is defined, developed and contested by youth and schools in dialogue with larger social forces. We will explore such areas as youth activism, service-learning, immigration status, policies, and immigrant activism, political identity and participation. Students will engage in an ethnographic research project that explores these questions on the Trinity campus. Pre-requisite: Completion of either Educ 200 or Anthro 201 with a C- or above; course not open to first-years.

See the preliminary schedule for this and other Educ classes in 2012-13

New cross-listed course: Improv Theater & Social Change

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Check out this new course for Spring 2012, which may interest my “Color & Money” FYSM and also will be cross-listed for Ed Studies majors.

NEW COURSE!!!! Performance Opportunity!!!

THDN 345: Special Topics: Improvisational Theater and Social Change

Mon/Wed 1:15-3:15

This new course is based on the improvised political theater methods of Augusto Boal. Studio coursework will culminate in improvised, interactive presentations focused on campus climate issues that will be performed for the College community. We will explore different aspects of improvisation, conduct research, and investigate the principles of Boal’s “Theater of the Oppressed.” No acting experience is necessary, just a willingness to engage in and explore issues, and a desire to affect change in our community.
For information please contact the Instructors: Michael Preston and Barbara Karger. and

“Pathways to Teaching” with Trinity alumni & students, Wed Oct 26, 2011

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Join the Educational Studies Program for a discussion about different pathways to teaching on Wednesday October 26th, 2011,  from 6:30-8pm, in Terrace B and C, Mather Hall, at Trinity College. See comments below from alumni and students who plan to participate, and add your own. Also, check out the “Pathways to Teaching” advising page on the Educational Studies Program website.

Agenda: Each guest will be invited to speak for 3 minutes about his/her pathway into teaching and reflections on the experience:
6:30pm Welcome (by Professors Andrea Dyrness and Jack Dougherty)
6:40pm Laurie Gutmann Kahn ’03 (via Skype)
6:45pm Tracey Wilson ’77
6:50pm Heather Moore ’08 (via Skype)
6:55pm Beth McDonald ’87
7:00pm Jason Haber ’08 (via Skype)
7:05pm Maureen Kay Sigler ’99
7:10pm Jason Symmes ’09 (via Skype)
7:15pm Kate McEachern ’07
7:20pm Blake Fisher ’11 (via Skype)
7:25pm Jackie Kahan ’08 and Samantha Alcala ’11 (both posted comments, but cannot participate tonight)
7:35pm Begaeta Nukic ’11 (via Skype)
Closing and time for individual conversations

Trinity alumni — If you’ve taught in a preK-12 classroom, share your story about your pathway, and advice for those who wish to follow, in a three-minute talk in person OR via Skype at our event. Please RSVP by posting a comment below and tell us a bit about yourself (including your class year). Alumni who are attending in person will be invited to arrive at 6pm for a light meal.

Trinity students — If you’re curious about exploring different pathways to teaching with our alumni, please tell us more about your interests by posting a comment below (and include your class year).

Alumni who plan to participate in person or online:

Heather Moore '08
Laurie Gutmann Kahn '03
Jason Haber '08
Jason Symmes '09
Beth MacDonald '87
Kate McEachern '07
Tracey Wilson '77
Maureen Kay Sigler '99
Blake Fisher '11
Jackie Kahan '08
Begaeta Nukic '11
Samantha Alcala '11

Questions? Email Jack Dougherty, Associate Professor and Director of Educational Studies, or student event coordinator, Danyelle Doldoordian.