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Great Conversations Part 2: Getting to the Heart of the Conversation

Posted on May 21, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

If you haven't seen it already, have a look at my post on beginning great conversations. Once you've begun your conversation, you may be looking for tools to help you get to the core of it and make it a success. These tools below are for just this purpose. The tips offered here help will help you succeed in with the meat of a great conversation. These tools comes from Great Conversations, the...

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Teaching for Social Justice Program Finished Term with Student Exhibitions

Posted on May 21, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

On May 12th Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies' Master of Art in Teaching for Social Justice program finished the term with three student Exhibitions. The Teaching for Social Justice program is offered in partnership with the SPARK Teacher Education Institute. This year's presentations highlighted the variety of ways students apply a social justice lens in the classroom. Amar...

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Supporting Optimists in VT and Beyond

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Travis Hellstrom, Chair, MBA and MSM Programs

In addition to being chair within Marlboro’s MBA & MSM programs, I'm also a social entrepreneur myself. After my service in the Peace Corps I became very inspired by the impact that social businesses can have on creating positive economic value and support for others.That drew me to starting my own Certified Benefit Corporation in 2013 called Advance Humanity and this past year creating a...

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Spark Students Visit Washington DC Schools

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Nicole Awwad, Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice Alum

As with all other cohorts in the Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice program, in partnership with Spark, the 2018 class took a trip to the Washington, D.C. school district in late March this year. In an effort to recollect their own schooling and use that understanding and experience to further pedagogy and best teaching practices, Spark students spend a full year in a K-12 classroom....

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Design Thinking at the Ashoka Exchange

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

As an aspiring Ashoka Changemaker Campus, Marlboro College sent a delegation to the 2018 Ashoka Exchange in Boston. I was lucky enough to be part of the group and get the opportunity to network to learn from over 600 higher education professionals and students from across the world. It was a diverse group, but what we all had in common was a commitment to social innovation in higher education,...

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Teaching with Technology Program Goes 100 percent Online: A Student Perspective

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

Just after Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies announced that our Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) with Technology program would go 100 percent online, I dropped in by google hangout on current student John Wager in his classroom to get his thoughts on the program change. John and I began by chatting about what lead him to the program in the first place and what the highlights of...

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Student Profile: Will Neff

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Willow Ross, MBA Student and Director of Communications at the United Arc

When speaking to Will Neff about why he chose Marlboro College to obtain his graduate degree, he stated it was the culture at Marlboro that drew him in. Will shared his observations that “there is a deeply held value for humanity in the community (of students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests) that we are all cherished for the humanity that each of us shows up with. in this, there is a respect...

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Capstone Now Popular Statewide Competition

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

For his MA in Teaching with Technology Capstone Project at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, Mike Hathorn '13 developed the concept for 3D Vermont, an annual challenge that teaches history through 3D modeling. Now in it's fourth year, 3D Vermont has gained signifcant attention with guests at the 2018 competition including VT Education Secretary, Rebecca Holcombe. Mike Hathorn...

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English for Refugees Fellowship Poised to Enter Its Second Year

Posted on April 2, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

In 2017 the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies launched the English for Refugees Fellowship. In partnership with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), the fellowship places TESOL students in refugee centers across the country. The students teach for an academic year, while continuing online study...

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Elevate*Authentic*Self*Emerge: EASE Women’s Connection Circles

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Chris Meehan, Chief Community Impact Officer for the Vermont Foodbank and current Marlboro MBA student

Chris Meehan is currently completing her MBA at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies. For her Capstone, Chris developed an approach to women's leadership circles, based on feedback from her peers. In this post, Chris offers insights into her project and talks about where she'll be taking it next.   Over the years, I have faced significant challenges in trying to balance the demands...

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Great Conversations Part 1: Preparing for a Great Conversation

Posted on March 26, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

Our professional and personal lives are filled with conversations, some of them trivial and others crucial. Often we find ourselves agonizing over an upcoming conversation, wondering how to make it go well. In Great Conversations, the book I co-created with Travis Hellstrom, I offer a dozen simple tools for improving the quality of your conversations. Some of the most important work of hosting a...

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Grappling with Gamification

Posted on March 26, 2018 by Jamie Polzin, Faculty: Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, MATESOL Program

I was recently on a panel evaluating online learning platforms for business consultants. Many of the learning platform companies that the panel interviewed sold heavily on the concept of gamification of learning, but I was surprised at the vast differences in what these companies proposed gamification to be.The first company walked us through their quizzing software, then showed us that the...

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Humanizing the World, Teaching for Change!

Posted on March 21, 2018 by Nicole Awwad, Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice Alum

Alumni Spotlight: Becca Polk, Master of Art in Teaching with Social JusticeBecca Polk is a graduate of the Master of Art in Teaching with Social Justice program and Spark Teacher Institute (Spark) graduate, and currently teaches at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, Vermont. In her fourth year of teaching US History, Becca has continued to bring issues of justice into her classroom. “Spark...

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Ashoka Changemaker Team Visits Marlboro College

Posted on March 20, 2018 by Travis Hellstrom, Chair, MBA and MSM Programs

In February, Marlboro College hosted an Ashoka Changemaker Team for a three-day visit of our campus. The team was made up of Sarah-Marie Hopf (Director of Ashoka U Campus Partnerships) and Luzette Jaimes (Director of Learning and Development at Ashoka), both based in Washington, D.C., and Jay Friedlander (Professor of Sustainable Business from College of the Atlantic).         Marlboro is...

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Caring for You: A Graduate School Retreat

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Amanda Mehegan, Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

Thick socks, hiking boots, bug spray, laptop, my water bottle completes my packing for the monthly trip to Vermont.  I am in my second trimester, working towards my Masters in Business Administration with a focus in collaborative leadership.  Over the past three weeks, I have been working from home on a pitch for my marketing class, and I am excited about the work I have done.  I drive towards...

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Merging Geography and Robotics in the Classroom

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

For her capstone project at Marlboro, MATT (Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology)  alum, Anne Pius, set out to offer a solution to two challenges confronting elementary school teachers in Vermont: pressure to include more STEM curriculum, and lack of cross-cultural exposure in the classroom. Inspired by her own passion for international travel and cross-cultural relationships, and driven by...

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