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COA Hosts Talk on Education on the Border

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Posted March 28, 2013, at 11:47 p.m.
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Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Donna Gold; 207-288-5015; newsworthy.com

BAR HARBOR, ME—Etta Kralovec, faculty member at College of the Atlantic from 1990 to 2000, is returning on Thursday, April 4 to talk about her current work as an educator on the border between Mexico and Arizona. Her talk, “Teaching and Living on the Border: Views from the Fence,” will be in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall at 7 p.m.

Along with the talk, Kralovec will show the documentary, “Precious Knowledge” about the struggle to continue ethnic studies programs in Tucson schools.

Kralovec, EdD, is Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Director of Graduate Teacher Education at the University of Arizona South. She was recently awarded a two million dollar federal grant to prepare teachers in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—to work in Title One schools in communities on the Arizona border with Mexico. Information about this work can be found at t2t-azborderlands.org.

Her talk is part of a recruiting trip, to inform Maine educators about the opportunities on the Arizona border for high school STEM teachers. As part of her visit, Kralovec will present the Transition to Teaching (TTT) program, which prepares teachers for the rigors and rewards of teaching on the border. TTT is a federally-funded teaching initiative designed to encourage interested professionals to transition to teaching. Through the exploration of film, art, dance, and culture, students gain an understanding of the rich and complex cultural life that characterizes border living. TTT fellows can enjoy cross-border travel and field-based science research along the border as they earn an MEd degree in secondary education and a provisional Arizona teaching credential in a STEM field.

In 1996, Kralovec received a Fulbright Fellowship to establish a teacher education program at Africa University in Zimbabwe. At COA, Kralovec directed the college’s educational studies program.

Kralovec’s books include “The End of Homework,” “Schools that Do Too Much,” and “Identity in Metamorphosis.” She holds a doctorate in philosophy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and works actively with End the Race to establish healthy homework guidelines. For more, visit www.endtherace.org/homework.

More on the film “Precious Knowledge” can be found at www.pbs.org/independentlens/precious-knowledge/, and more on the issues of education on the border at saveethnicstudies.org. Kralovec can be reached at kralovec@eamail.arizona.edu, on Facebook at Etta Kralovec and on Twitter at Etta Kralovec@endhomework. She writes an occasional blog about life on the border for the news site RYOT: http://www.ryot.org/.

For information about the 7 p.m. April 4 talk at COA—which is free and open to the public—contact Bonnie Tai at btai@coa.edu.

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