The Fischler Academy Hosts Inaugural Schooling Sharks Showcase

The Fischler Academy Hosts Inaugural Schooling Sharks Showcase

The Schooling Sharks Showcase is the culmination of the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education (FCE), Fischler Academy’s Schooling Sharks Project, in which the first year undergraduate students presented their original lesson plans to a team of panelists, including NSU University School’s Associate Head of Academic Affairs, Dr. Elizabeth Brennan, Head of School at North Broward Preparatory and Fischler College Alumna Elise Ecoff, and Kathleen Howard, Science Teacher at Tropical Elementary.

The Schooling Sharks Project is a co-curricular experiential learning project designed to connect aspiring educators to the art and science of teaching. Through this unique program, students had the opportunity to work closely with teacher mentors, develop positive relationships with fellow Fischler Academy teammates, and share their love of learning with students throughout South Florida.

In addition to partnering with Broward County Public Schools and NSU University School on the Schooling Sharks Project, The Fischler Academy’s students were able to spend additional time in the classroom through field placement. FCE’s special partnership with NSU University School allowed the Fischler Academy students the opportunity to work in an innovative JK-12 environment during their first semester as undergraduates. This partnership would not be possible without NSU’s University School commitment to developing meaningful experiential learning opportunities and the dedication of its faculty and Samantha Nelson, Director of Experiential Learning at the NSU University School.

The winner of the Schooling Sharks Showcase was team “LITerature”, and their teacher advisor was Ms. Elizabeth Scarborough of NSU University School.  The members of the group are as follows: Vanessa Montes Castro, Tianna Harris, Akshitha Balachandar, Giselle Perez, Alexandra Hoffman, Bianca Oliveira. The team created a lesson plan featuring an escape room activity where students would need to unlock various types of figurative language in order to achieve their ultimate goal. The team will travel to San Diego and present their lesson plan at the Sanford Inspire Summit at National University in the Spring of 2019.

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