Teacher Education Institute 2009 - Update 2

UME was honored to host Tom Johnston, Senior Program Officer at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State.  Mr. Johnston visited the Teacher Education Institute for three days and enjoyed attending classes and site visits with the TEI participants.   

Teacher Education Institute 2009 - Update 1

After only a week, the TEI participants have already experienced some of the best of what Boston has to offer.   A celebratory cookout on Monday evening included a warm welcome from Dr. Helen Drinan, president of Simmons College, as well as inspiring addresses from UME President Hala Taweel and Executive Director Ray Matsumiya.  The participants mingled with staff and faculty well into the evening and even showed off their moves at an on-campus dance party. 

Rain showers on Tuesday created an obstacle for many umbrella-less participants during the day-long scavenger hunt, but the teachers made the most of the experience as they learned the in(bound)s and out(bound)s of the Boston subway system.  The scavenger hunt included such popular destinations as Fanueil Hall, Copley Square, the Old City Hall, and Harvard Yard.  The journey ended at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where the participants enjoyed dinner and a lecture before returning to Simmons. 

After beginning their classes and group projects during the week, the teachers saw even more of Boston on Saturday when they joined the MYTown youth tour.  Led by local Boston teenagers, the participants learned about the history of Boston’s Back Bay and South End neighborhoods with a focus on the Civil Rights Movement.  UME professor Bob Frank and his wife, Jennifer Coplon, graciously hosted a luncheon in their South End home, where participants enjoyed traditional foods from their region.  In order to make the most of the beautiful weather, participants and staff then journeyed to the Boston waterfront for boat rides and shopping. 

Sunday’s Duck Tour was a popular event for the participants as they explored the city on both land and water.  In addition to their classes and group project work, the teachers are also finding time to visit local restaurants and experience some of Boston’s night life.  They are forming strong friendships that are sure to strengthen over the next three weeks and beyond! 


Teacher Education Institute 2009

UME staff is excited to announce that approximately 28 teachers will participate in the tenth edition of the Teacher Education Institute. TEI 2009 will be held at Simmons College in Boston and will run through the entire month of July.
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