K-12 SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Scranton engages with K-12 students and teachers in a variety of ways.  Below is a listing of current programs and opportunities for collaboration between area schools, as well as directly with students and their parents.

Teacher Training, Tutoring & Mentoring Programs

Education Students’ Field Experience & Service Learning Hours
The Education Department in the University’s Panuska College for Professional Studies (PCPS) coordinates the field experience hours of students in area schools.  These field experience hours, which are required for Pennsylvania teaching certification and graduation include: tutoring, small-group instruction, whole-group instruction, teacher-assisted instruction, as well as the semester-long requirement of student teaching that students complete as part of their senior year or final semester. Graduate education programs have similar, but not exact requirements. 

Students are also required to complete service-learning hours as part of their graduation requirements from the PCPS. These students are involved in a variety of experiences at various area agencies, and the Education Department regularly seeks additional service opportunities that are aligned with course competencies.

Area schools or non-profit agencies with questions can contact the Education Department at 570-941-7421.

Student Mentors & Tutors
The Education Department and Center for Service and Social Justice provide student mentors and tutors directly to school districts and through several non-profit partner agencies as part of their service-learning requirements. Area schools should contact the Education Department at 570-941-7421 to inquire about placing education students. For non-education students, agencies can contact Ellen Judge, Center for Service and Social Justice, at ellen.judge@scranton.edu or call their office at 570-941-7429 during regular business hours.

University of Success Pre-College Program
The University of Success, which is part of the Leahy Community Health and Family Center, is a pre-college program designed to provide academic, social, and cultural enrichment to economically disadvantaged and underrepresented high school students. The ultimate goal of this program is to assist participating students to successfully complete high school and gain entrance into a college or university. This free program includes a rigorous application process.  Visit the University of Success site for more information or contact the Director, Marge Loughney at 570-941-4377.  

Peacemakers After-School Program
Peacemakers is a 6-week after school program held in the Leahy Community Health and Family Center at The University of Scranton on Friday afternoons, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.  The program is facilitated by University of Scranton students, mentors, and faculty, for children between the ages of 9 and 13. For information about this free program, visit the Peacemakers program website or call 570-941-6112. The next program begins on March 7, 2014.  

Teacher Training & Stock Market Game at the Honesdale National Bank Center for Economic Education
The Honesdale National Bank Center for Economic Education is housed in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Scranton. The mission of the Center is to promote K-12 economic education and to prepare students to compete and succeed in a changing global economy.  Its primary objective is to offer preservice and inservice programs for K-12 teachers. The Center also facilitates a Stock Market Game competition whereby students learn how financial markets operate and hone their mathematics and decision making skills. Teachers interested in the stock market game and in participating in economic education training programs, can contact Dr. Edward Scahill at ems353@scranton.edu or 570-941-4187. The Center is part of the national Council for Economic Education and Economics Pennsylvania.

Student Volunteers for Education-Related Activities

The Center for Service and Social Justice coordinates the local volunteer service of University students and helps coordinates community sites for service learning courses.  The Office also maintains a list of current volunteer opportunities and a list of area agencies and conducts an annual volunteer fair each fall.   Area schools or education-related non-profit organizations in need of volunteers can contact Ellen Judge at 570-941-7429 or ellen.judge@scranton.edu

Campus Experience: Programs, Tours and Special Events

High School Scholars Program
Offered to rising juniors and seniors who have demonstrated strong achievement in high school, The University of Scranton High School Scholars Program offers local students the opportunity to earn college credits at a greatly reduced rate. For information on the admissions process, please visit the High School Scholars site or contact Brian Goldsack at 570-941-7406 or brian.goldsack@scranton.edu

Tour the Weinberg Memorial Library
Area high school teachers are invited to bring their classes to campus for a tour of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Check the University calendar for the dates of Intersession and Fall/Spring Break, times when tours can usually be arranged. For more information, contact Bonnie Oldham at bonnie.oldham@scranton.edu or 570-941-4000.

Attend Royals Athletics Events
Area students are invited to attend University of Scranton Athletics events.  All contests are free and open to the public, except home Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, where depending on the group size, a discount is available.  Most contests take place outside of school hours. To inquire about visits to Royals events for school, sports team or club groups, please visit the Athletics website and call 570-941-7440 or email athletics@scranton.edu

Summer Athletic Camps
The University coordinates several athletic summer camps.  For more information visit the summer camps site

Festival of Nations
The Festival of Nations is an annual celebration of international customs and artifacts (food, dance, music, history, etc.) designed to showcase and celebrate the diverse cultures represented on campus and in the wider community. Hosted every spring on the University’s Dionne Green, the festival is free and open to the public, including school groups. Festival of Nations is sponsored by The United Colors Organization, Office of Residence Life, and Office of Multicultural Affairs. The 2014 Festival of Nations will be hosted on Wednesday, April 23rd at 4 pm. For more information, contact Paul Porter (570-941-5904, paul.porter@scranton.edu) and/or Stephanie Abdalla (570-941-6226, stephanie.abdalla@scranton.edu).

Diversity Fair
The Office of Equity and Diversity offers an annual fair in the fall that includes lectures, films, as well as hands-on art workshops and information booths sponsored by campus and community organizations.  The fair is free and open to the public, including school groups.  Contact diversity@scranton.edu or 570-941-4622 for more information.  

International Workshops
The Office of International Student Affairs conducts a limited number of workshops for area schools during International Month in November.  The workshops feature the culture and cuisine of countries represented by The University of Scranton’s international student body. The workshops are open to students in grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 and are free of charge.  For more information, contact noelle.drozdick@scranton.edu or call 570-941-4841.       

Arts & Culture Events & Workshops

Theatre Tickets for High School Students & Children's Play at the Scranton Cultural Center 
The University of Scranton Players hosts a free Friday matinee for area high schools during most of its performances. In the spring of 2012, the Players will partner with the Scranton Cultural Center on a special performance of "A year with Frog and Toad".  For information about this play or arranging a high school visit for other performances, contact UofSplayers@gmail.com or Dr. Rich Larsen, Director of the Academic Theatre Program, at 570-941-6327 or richard.larsen@scranton.edu.

Theatre Summer Program
The University of Scranton was pleased to offer its inaugural Summer Theatre Program during the summer of 2012. Participation was for students ages 8 to 18 and high school drama teachers.  Programs offered include a Musical Theatre Intensive (13-18), Physical Theatre for the Young Actor (8-12), and Playwriting Workshop for the High School Student. Stay tuned for summer 2013 programs or call (570) 941-6190.

Hope Horn Gallery Exhibit Art Workshops
The Hope Horn Gallery, located on the 4th floor of Hyland Hall, (Linden Street and Jefferson Avenue) is home to several exhibits per year, all of which are open to the public free of charge. In order to integrate gallery and studio experiences of art, The Hope Horn Gallery, in conjunction with the Northeast Educational Intermediate Unit #19, offers interactive workshops for school and community groups.  To arrange a visit and workshop Gallery Director, Dr. Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D. at (570) 941-4214 or darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

Performance Music Middle School and High School Outreach
All performance music concerts are free and open to the public, including school groups, and there are a number of additional ways in which the Performance Music program supports local middle and high school musical activities. Contact Director of Performance Music, Cheryl Boga, at music@scranton.edu or 570-941-7624, or visit the Performance Music site

Math, Science & Computing Academic Competitions

Kane Competition
The University of Scranton Kane Competition is a hands-on competition among local high schools intended to encourage talented high school students to pursue careers in physics and engineering and also serves as preparation for Advanced Placement tests.  The Competition is held annually in the early spring.  Save the date - April 3, 2014.  Contact the Physics Department at 570-941-7509. 

Brain Bee
The Neuroscience Program at The University of Scranton, together with the Scranton Neuroscience Society and Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, hosts an annual “Brain Bee” for area school students every spring.  For more information visit the Brain Bee website or contact Dr. Robert Waldeck at 570-941-4324.

Integration Bee
The University of Scranton Mathematics Department hosts an annual Integration Bee, free of charge, every spring which works like a spelling bee, except contestants must calculate integrals instead of spelling words.  Questions in the bee will help students hone their skills for Advanced Placement mathematics tests.  Save the date - April 30, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Stacey Muir, 570-941-6580, stacey.muir@scranton.edu.  

Computer Programming Contest
The University of Scranton’s Computing Sciences Department hosts an annual Computer Programming Contest every spring. The competition lasts four hours, during which each team tries to solve six computer programming problems using any of a number of programming languages. The greater the number of problems a team solves, the higher its ranking in the final standings. Save the date - March 28, 2014.  For information about the Computer Programming Contest, call 570-941-4221. 

Stock Market Game
The Stock Market Game is a ten-week simulation during which students from three grade categories (4-6, 7-8, 9-12) invest an imaginary $100,000 by buying stocks listed on the major securities exchanges. Students who compete in the Game learn how financial markets operate and hone their mathematics and decision making skills.  Separate ten-week competitions are held in the fall and spring.  Team rankings are based on final portfolio values.  The University of Scranton hosts one of 14 Pennsylvania Centers for Economic Education, each of which conducts its own Stock Market Game competition.  Save the date - March 10, 2014. For more information contact Dr. Edward Scahill in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Scranton at ems353@scranton.edu or 570-941-4187. 

Special Competitions and Events

Earth Week Essay Contest

Area students in grades 7-12 can participate in an environmental essay contest at The University of Scranton as part of its Earth Day 2014 program. The University’s student Sustainability Club will host a reception for participants and their families and teachers Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loyola Science Center, which will feature an exhibit of the submissions. Essay contest winners will be announced at a brief ceremony at 7:30 p.m. that evening. The informal event will include interactive science experiments and displays presented by University students and faculty, refreshments and an evening astronomy observation (weather permitting). The University will display essay submissions and NEPA art contest submissions in the Loyola Science Center from April 22 (Earth Day) through to the reception. The essay contest is sponsored by The University of Scranton and Pennsylvania American Water. For more information visit the Earth Week website.

Contest Rules and Entry Form

Essay Contest Outline

For further questions about any of these programs, please contact the Office of Community Relations at community@scranton.edu or 570-941-4419.