Augusta, Ga.- Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver will be discussing the elements of city of government at Augusta State on Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m., in 349 University Hall. The mayor is just one of the many community leaders serving as a lecturer in Augusta State’s new place-based education course being offered this summer.
According to Andrew Kemp, assistant professor in ASU’s Department of Teacher Education, the purpose of this course is to help teachers bring real-life examples into the classrooms through the assistance of local leaders and organizations.
Kemp says the students enrolled in this course are practicing teachers who have the responsibility of taking what they learned from the program and developing 10 lesson plans. The teachers must also design a service learning project to be used by their students as an effort to get them more involved in learning about the Augusta area.
This 10-day program began today, June 18, with a course overview. The next sessions of this program will involve the students conducting an ecological survey of the forest in Evans, Ga., learning about communications from the staff of local news stations, walking tours of Historic Downtown Augusta, and discussing information on the city’s waterways at the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy at Phinizy Swamp.
“A lot of the educational references presented to our children in the textbooks are not easily accessible to them. However, if teachers could share actual information from our area and apply it to the necessary subject area, students may be more apt to grasp the topic,” Kemp said.
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