Take Classroom Organization in the Yucatan; GSE Winter Session 2012

The course will run January 7-15, 2012 in Mérida, Yucatán.  An information session is scheduled for November 8, 2011.

To prepare future educators to affirm and adapt to the increasing diversity among students in U.S. classrooms and to help future teachers contextualize local immigration patterns within a global context, we have created the Classroom Organization in the Yucatán Program.  GSE certification students will now have the opportunity to fulfill one of their required courses, Classroom Organization (15:255:534), in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, one of Mexico's most secure and best-developed regions, as well as its most fascinating.

Students will collaborate with teacher education students and faculty at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY), one of the oldest and largest universities in southern Mexico.  The university is ranked as one of the top ten public universities in the country. 

We will work closely with the UADY’s Facultad de Educación  (School of Education). As part of the course, students will attend classes, visit local k-12 schools, participate in online discussions, and engage in collaborative projects with Mexican pre-services teachers.  The program is designed to prepare GSE students to organize their classroom environments, plan classroom instruction, and create a classroom atmosphere that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of the diverse cultural populations in their classrooms, especially those from Mexican backgrounds.  

Outside of the classroom, students will participate in excursions to experience the culturally-rich environment of the Yucatán, including visiting a preserved 19th century hacienda,  Uxmal (a restored, pre-Columbian ruined city of the Mayan civilization), and open-air markets and sampling regional cuisine.

Proficiency in Spanish is not required to participate in this course.  The course will be conducted in English.

An information session will be on November 8, 2011 in the GSE Lecture Hall (10 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901) at 4 pm.  Please join us to hear more about the program.

The cost for the program is $1095 for in-state students and $1295 for out-of-state students. Program cost includes tuition, housingdaily breakfast, excursions, health insurance and some program fees. Program cost does not include airfare, lunch and dinners, and winter session fee.

Dr. Mary Curran, Coordinator of the Language Education Programs at the Graduate School of Education, developed this program with the goal of educating future teachers about classroom environments outside of the U.S. and helping participants design learning environments which are culturally responsive.  Dr. Curran lived in Mexico while as a Fulbright Scholar.  She has kept in contact with many of her colleagues in Mexico and will be working closely with Elizabeth Dunkel, Rutgers Study Abroad On-site Director in Mérida in the design and implementation of the program.

Apply for the program online by clicking here.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Curran at mary.curran@gse.rutgers.edu or 732-932-7496 ext. 8101.