Curriculum and Instruction

June 16 Open House for Prospective Students

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The Graduate School at Hood College will hold two open house sessions for prospective students on Tuesday, June 16. The informal gatherings, both with the same agenda, are set for noon until 1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m., at the Whitaker Campus Center on Hood’s campus.

Attendees will have the opportunity talk casually with faculty and staff about their professional aspirations and learn about Hood’s 18 master’s and 12 certificate programs. Areas of study include arts and humanities, biomedical and environmental sciences, business, counseling and care, computer science and information technology and education.

New for fall 2015 are: a Master’s program in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling specialty; and certificates in Bioinformatics, Accounting, Financial Management and Organizational Management.

Open house attendees are encouraged to bring their résumés and transcripts and apply for on-the-spot admission.

Interested individuals may RSVP online at www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Forms/Graduate-School-Open-House.html, or by contacting the Graduate School office at 301-696-3600 or gofurther@hood.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

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.