(PRWEB) September 22, 2005 -- This fall, Saint Joseph College (West Hartford, CT) will begin a Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration Partnership Project in conjunction with Woodrow Wilson Middle School
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(of Middletown, CT) and Hartford Children’s Theatre.
“ The multiple intelligences program will teach children different subjects, such as math or science, using the arts. ”
This Professional Development Project is designed to aid teachers in developing strategies that will increase student achievement by focusing on the various “intelligences” of its students. Woodrow Wilson is one of just 23 schools nationwide – and the only one in Connecticut – to receive a 3-year, $750,000 federal education
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The program is based upon the work of Harvard University Professor Howard Gardner, who has proposed that people have at least eight different kinds of intelligence, ranging from musical and spatial, to linguistic and logical. According to Gardner, children learn
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relative to how each level of their “intelligence” is stimulated.
“We believe this program is the first of its kind in the state of Connecticut,” says Susan Johns, Assistant Professor of Education at Saint Joseph College. “Every child learns at a different pace and from varying methods of instruction. The multiple intelligences program will teach children different subjects, such as math or science, using the arts.”
The federal grant allows Woodrow Wilson to partner with faculty from Saint Joseph College and representatives from Hartford Children’s Theatre to engage teachers and students in Gardner’s model. Beginning in September, 12 Woodrow Wilson teachers will take an after-school graduate studies course on multiple intelligences that will be taught by Saint Joseph College professors. Hartford Children’s Theatre will involve students in an after-school program which will allow teachers to see the multiple intelligence theory in action with children.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Woodrow Wilson Middle School and for the entire community,” says Gene Nocera, Principal of Woodrow Wilson Middle School. “We hope to expand the program after 2008 to include more children and eventually get all of the faculty on board.”
To correspond with the U.S. Department of Education’s grant requirements, the program will be evaluated by an external source to determine its success. Saint Joseph College will also conduct periodic surveys, student achievement tests, and facilitate an ethnographic study to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.
According to Susan Johns, Saint Joseph College hopes to use the Woodrow Wilson experience as a model for other schools in the state.
For more information on the Multiple Intelligences Arts Integration Project please contact the Saint Joseph College Education Department at 860-231-5336.
About Saint Joseph College
Saint Joseph College in West Hartford is Connecticut’s only four-year women’s college. Consistently cited on the national level for the quality of its academic programs, the College offers The Women’s College, and for men and women, The Prime Time Program for the way women and men live and learn and The Graduate School. The Gengras Center serves children with special needs from more than 40 towns. The renowned School for Young Children is one of the oldest early childhood centers in the state and Connecticut’s model laboratory school.