AUSB’s Master of Education/Teaching Credentials program recently had the pleasure of hosting an intercampus visit by Tom Julius, Director of Academic Assessment for the Education Department of Antioch University New England (AUNE). Located in New Hampshire, the AUNE campus offers a variety of advanced Environmental Studies degrees, including a Master of Science in Environmental Education.
During his stay, Julius spoke at an AUSB community event co-sponsored by Ecology Education (formerly Art from Scrap) and the Youth Wilderness Society, and toured several local elementary school gardens. His trip followed up a 2012 visit to AUSB by his New England colleague David Sobel, who initiated connections with local environmental organizations and schools involved in the Orfalea Foundation’s School Gardens program, as well as other local SB teachers and school administrators.
“The AUNE and AUSB Education programs are very much aligned in philosophy and we are exploring ways to work together for the benefit of our students on both coasts,” says Education Department Chair Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, PhD. “In fact, Tom met with BA–Environmental Studies faculty Dawn Osborne and me to discuss forging strong connections between our BA and MA/MED programs that will support new, ecologically literate teachers who are able to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.”
During his visit, Julius was brought by Dr. D’Emidio-Caston and Osborne on a tour of the prototype school garden of AUSB’s educational partner Open Alternative School (OAS), where he took the accompanying photo of D’Emidio-Caston (right) with OAS teacher Wendy Robins. They also visited Peabody Charter School, where he spoke with the principal about their healthy lunch program.