Curriculum and Instruction

Adjunct Instructor Aids Children of Incarcerated Parents

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Shari Ostrow-Scher

Shari Ostrow-Scher

Twice the winner of the Outstanding Graduate School Instructor for Hood College, Shari Ostrow-Scher has been an adjunct in the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program for over 10 years, while continuing to lead curricular programs for young children with the Frederick County Public Schools.

In 2004, Shari established the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP), which each year has expanded its services to meet the needs of children of inmates in the Frederick County Detention Center.  Shari has single-handedly taken this interagency group from a small beginning to highly respected and influential organization that has been featured in various media and has received acclaim far and wide.

As stated on the non-profit’s website, COIPP believes that children of incarcerated parents “lack a voice of their own. Our… mission is to give them such a voice in the community, in the schools, and in their family.”

This voluntary group has accomplished much in the past few years. Projects include: creation of a library/book giveaway for children in the F.C. Detention Center waiting room; resource baggies for children and their caregivers; ‘Caregivers day out’ at the Frederick School of Cosmetology; creation of a DVD on this topic; donations and resource packets to local camps created for the children; and much more.  Learn more here. http://www.coipp.org

Teacher of the Year Holds Two Master’s from Hood

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PortnerAmandaTOYAmanda Portner has just been named Frederick County Teacher of the Year! The school system’s most prestigious award recognizes outstanding members of the teaching profession.

An alum of two Hood graduate programs — Curriculum and Instruction in 2004 and Educational Leadership in 2009 — Amanda is currently the literacy specialist at Thurmont Middle School. Among numerous leadership roles, she serves as an FCPS curriculum writer and teacher trainer and co-directs the Maryland Writing Project for Frederick, plus she’s taught English for the FCPS Virtual School.

Find out more about Amanda and her most recent achievement on the FCPS website.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

Action Research to Take the Stage

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Twenty-six students in the Curriculum and Instruction program are hard at work on the action research that makes up their capstone projects. They’ll showcase their work on Thursday, May 1, 5-7 pm at Whitaker Commons on the Hood campus.

Projects run the gamut: Integrating Art and Reading: Teacher Collaboration to Influence Student Comprehension; Does the Use of an iPad Affect the Receptive and Expressive Communication Abilities of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder?; and LiveScribe Pens and Their Impact on Mathematical Problem Solving and Communication.

Curriculum and Instruction students aim to increase the depth and scope of their instructional expertise. Some have aspirations to become professional staff developers, go on for a doctorate, develop curriculum or work as curriculum specialists at the county or school level. Special interests include mathematics and  STEM.