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Albion College's Teacher Education Program Scores High Marks

Albion College Education Professor Kyle ShantonAlbion College's Teacher Education Program recently received an Exemplary rating and a perfect 70 Teacher Preparation Institution score from the Michigan Department of Education. "The Exemplary rank actually reflects the liberal arts nature of our program," said Kyle Shanton (left), associate professor and department chair.

The department also received a five-year accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.


Moritz's Ceramic Tiles on Display at ArtPrize

A ceramics class for Albion College staff members last fall gave Jason Moritz an opportunity to connect with experiences of growing up in the Midwest as the son of a talented painter and formerly living in Los Angeles. But he never expected to create pieces worthy of display in a show as large as ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

The Certification Officer in the Education Department and Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development at Albion, Moritz created ceramic tiles depicting scenes of southern California, collectively titled Smoggy Sunsets over Blue Palms, Los Angeles, 1998-2007. The tiles will be on display at Kate Lewis’ studio during the show, which runs from Sept. 21-Oct. 9.

State Farm Makes Grant to Albion College Education Program

State Farm agent Mark Putvin and Albion College President Donna Randall.
State Farm's Mark Putvin with President Donna Randall.

An innovative learning experience for Michigan's future teachers and local children foresees a bright future, thanks to continued major underwriting from State Farm Insurance Companies Foundation. Albion College's Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development has accepted a $20,000 grant from State Farm's foundation to help underwrite its collaboration project with Albion Public Schools.

Britons Receive Teaching Fellowships

Albion College graduates Melanie Kapolka, ’11, and Kristen Karczewski, ’09, are among the first 92 recipients of the W.K. Kellogg-Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.

According to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “The three-year fellowship is awarded to promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fellows receive $30,000 to pursue a customized master’s degree program that prepares them to teach in high-need urban or rural secondary schools in seven local districts across the state.”

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