The weather was clear, warm, and sunny for the second annual In Bloom Santa Barbara: Promising Practices in Nature Based Early Childhood Education event held this year at Isla Vista School and the Orfalea Family Children’s Center on Saturday, November 5.
Once again, educator and author David Sobel, who is core faculty and project director at the Antioch University New England Institute, made a return visit to Santa Barbara to teach one of the courses and to inspire educators from Los Angeles to Santa Maria.
About 80 early childhood and early elementary parents, teachers, outdoor educators, and administrators with an interest in connecting children to the natural world attended.
As seen in the photos, participants shared, learned, and reconnected through play with nature. In Bloom Santa Barbara is part of AUSB’s certificate in Nature Based Early Childhood Education and a concentration in the Master of Arts in Education Degree program.
Visit antiochsb.edu/nature for more information on our Nature Based Early Childhood Education programs.
Posted on November 18, 2016
Para demostrar el compromiso de la Universidad de Antioch en Santa Barbara hacia la inclusividad y la justicia social, servicios de interpretación simultánea entre inglés y español se ofrecerán en la ceremonia de graduación esta año, para crear un espacio multilingüe e inclusivo.
Mientras la idea de ofrecer interpretación en la ceremonia comenzó como un proyecto teórico de parte de dos estudiantes que se gradúan con su Maestría en Educación, Lena Moran y MaryLou Hernandez, las dos trabajaron con la organización local, no- lucrativa Comunidades Justas para convertir la teoría en realidad. Comunidades Justas patrocinó dos talleres para la universidad, llamados “Un Salon, Muchas Voces”, y el equipo de interpretación. AUSB contratará a dos intérpretes profesionales, quienes proveerán interpretación simultánea durante la ceremonia completa, que se llevara acabo el lunes, 20 de junio en el Hotel de Fess Parker. Esto marca la primera vez que AUSB incluye un servicio de interpretación oral en su graduación
“Es emocionante ser una de las primeras universidades en la área que ofrezca acceso lingüístico a través de la interpretación simultánea en un evento tan importante,” dijo Morán. “Es un testamento a la misión de Antioch y el ambiente que la escuela crea, que permite que los estudiantes florezcan como líderes y realicen su aprendizaje en práctica”
“Ser la primera persona en mi familia que obtenga una licenciatura es un honor,” dijo Hernandez. “Y cuando camine por el escenario, y vea los ojos de mis papas, sabré que ellos tuvieron la oportunidad de participar y comprender la ceremonia porque nosotros ayudamos a crear un ambiente inclusivo.”
Mientras su proyecto comenzó a tomar forma, Moran y Hernandez buscaron la asistencia de la Presidente Nancy Leffert, que se jubila este ano. Ella estuvo de acuerdo inmediatamente, y ofreció apoyo para contratar a los intérpretes.
“Estoy encantada que Lena y MaryLou tomaron la iniciativa para hacer esto una realidad. Son maravillosos ejemplos de estudiantes de AUSB, y demostraron el corazón de una educación de Antioch,” dijo la Dra. Leffert. “Estoy especialmente contenta de que podremos hacer esta ceremonia de graduación inclusiva y especial, y establece un precedente para tener disponible el servicio de interpretación en futuros eventos de la universidad.”
Mas de 150 estudiantes de los programas de AUSB: Bachillerato de Arte, Maestría en Psicología Clinica, Doctorado en Psicología Clinica, Educación y Credencializacion, recibiran sus titulos. Se les honrará también a los primeros graduados del programa de Maestria de Administracion de Negocios, quienes completaron sus estudios en diciembre.
Posted June 8, 2016
To demonstrate Antioch University Santa Barbara’s commitment to inclusivity and social justice, simultaneous interpretation services between English and Spanish will be offered at this year’s Commencement in order to create an inclusive multi-lingual space.
While the idea of offering interpretation at the ceremony began as a theoretical project by two graduating Master of Arts in Education students, Lena Moran and MaryLou Hernandez, the two worked with local non-profit Just Communities Central Coast to turn theory into reality. Just Communities sponsored two workshops on campus entitled “One Room, Many Voices” and the interpretation equipment, and AUSB is hiring two professional interpreters who will provide simultaneous interpretation of the full commencement ceremony on Monday, June 20 at the Fess Parker Resort. This marks the first time AUSB has been able to include a language interpreting service at Commencement.
“It is exciting to be one of the first universities in the area to offer language access though simultaneous interpretation at such an important event,” Moran said. “It is a true testament to Antioch’s mission statement and the environment the school creates that allows students to truly flourish as leaders and implement their learning into practice.”
“Being the first in my family to earn a graduate degree is an honor,” Hernandez said. “And when I walk across the stage and look my parents in the eyes, I will know that they had the opportunity to participate, engage, and understand commencement because we helped create an inclusive environment.”
As their project began to take shape, Moran and Hernandez sought the assistance of retiring AUSB President Nancy Leffert, who immediately agreed and offered to support the hire of the interpreters.
“I am thrilled that Lena and MaryLou took the initiative to make this a reality. They are wonderful examples of AUSB’s students and displayed the heart of an Antioch education,” Dr. Leffert said. “I’m especially happy we’ll be able to make this Commencement ceremony such an inclusive and special one, and it is precedent setting for making interpretation services available at future campus events.”
Over 150 students from AUSB’s Bachelor of Arts, MA in Clinical Psychology, Doctorate in Clincial Psychology (PsyD), and Graduate Education and Credentialing programs will receive their degrees. The first graduates of the Master of Business Administration program, who completed their degrees in December, will be honored as well.
Posted June 7, 2016
Märta Waldrop Bergman from the Bachelor of Arts program, Lena Moran from the MA in Education program, and Megan Kain from the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program will be the three student speakers at the 2016 Commencement at the Fess Parker Resort on Monday, June 20.
Students graduating from all programs were eligible to submit speeches for review. A panel of faculty from all programs reviewed all without knowing the identity of the author for fairness. Speeches and were rated on writing quality, interest to a general audience, evidence of critical thinking, and consistency with the following theme:
Antioch University’s mission is to provide “… education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.” How has this mission been manifested in your experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara?
In addition to these three students, Dalia Ruiz, a 2015 PsyD graduate, will speak and receive the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award, and Gina Bell, an adjunct in the BA program, will receive the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award.
In 2015, the student speakers were Linda Hoover from the PsyD program and BA graduate Miranda Rich.
Posted on May 26, 2016
This year’s Master of Arts in Education Public Conversation Poster Session will be Wednesday, June 1, from 4:30-7:30p.m. Each year the Master’s candidates share their research with the community at this informal and public “conversation.”
This year there will be 10 topics:
Preschool Development and Evaluation
Developing a Dual Language Immersion Program at an Elementary School
Susana Del Toro
The Effect that Process Vs. Product Has on Young Children
Best Practices: Teaching Reading in English to English Language Learners
Student Voice in Elementary Education Leadership Programs
Promoting Staff and Student Wellness at a Private University
Status of Homework at a Junior High School
Characteristics of Successful Latino College Students in Southern California
Inquiries for an Indigenous Curriculum
An Evaluation of Interpretation and Translation Services for School Districts
Current Status: Latino Parent Involvement in the Santa Barbara Unified School District
Guests will be able to join in conversations of their choice.
“Antioch’s Master’s students benefit greatly from these conversations,” said Gary Delanoeye, Affiliate Faculty with the MAE program. “As they describe their work, their understanding of their topics deepens. The insights they get from the conversations inform their research and help them understand the implications of their research for the discussion chapter of the thesis.”
All members of the AUSB community, including alumni, are cordially invited to this event, and refreshments will be served.
Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Education Department offers a variety of Masters and Credential Programs. Whether you’re an aspiring teacher or an experienced educator, we have a program that is tailored to your needs. Visit antiochsb.edu/GradEd to learn more.
Posted May 16, 2016
Audrey Horstmann, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Arts in Education program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, published an article entitled “Learning Through Gardening” in the Fall 2015 edition of the Journal for Christian Educators.
In her article, Audrey writes, “Gardening in the outdoor classroom yields a harvest of opportunities for students and teachers alike to acquaint themselves with highly effective strategies such as note taking, the use of graphic organizers, speaking, and listening. Learning in the garden gives students a unique advantage to grow beyond the traditional classroom.”
AUSB’s Graduate Education Department offers a variety of Masters and Credential Programs. Whether you’re an aspiring teacher or an experienced educator, we have a program that is tailored to your needs. To learn more, please visit antiochsb.edu/gradED.
Posted on January 15, 2016
Every year before Thanksgiving, the Teacher Credential program’s Real World Math class enjoys Jody Nelson’s workshop on Math and Movement.
Jody involves the teacher candidates in exercises with hula hoops, playground balls, and jump ropes. They learn hand games, team games, and physical activity to learn new ways to teach telling time and number sense. The human knot activity engages language, leadership, and trust.
The evening is most memorable for the laughter and camaraderie enjoyed by all in the program. See more photos from this workshop:
Learn more about the Teacher Credentialing options in the Graduate Education program at www.antiochsb.edu/gradED.
Posted December 17, 2015
Educator and author David Sobel, who is core faculty and project director at the Antioch University New England Institute, will make a return visit to Santa Barbara to teach one of the courses. Sobel previously worked with AUSB on In Bloom in Santa Barbara in September and for a lecture also presented by the Wilderness Youth Project in April.
The available courses are:
EDC 528: ECOLOGY OF IMAGINATION IN CHILDHOOD
Instructor: David Sobel (1.5 Units) M-F 8:30-12:00
Course Description: This course investigates ways in which children’s nature play can be used to invigorate the writing process. Making forts, hunting and gathering, constructing small worlds, going on adventures, and fantasy play are children’s instinctive ways of being in the natural world and these activities can be used as the basis for curriculum. We’ll use the surrounding neighborhood and hills to reconnect with childhood play. Out of these natural world experiences, each participant will craft a finished piece of writing by the end of the week.
EDC 503: NATURAL HISTORY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
Instructor: Ellen Doris and Andrew Lindsay (1.5 Units) M-F 1:00-4:30
Course Description: The best nature-based childhood teachers are knowledgeable about early childhood and local natural history. This course will focus on the natural history of the Central California Coast that most directly relates to being outdoors with children. Participants will learn the flora, fauna and natural phenomena that intrigue young children. We’ll also consider how tracking, gathering wild edibles, crafting and telling stories can encourage exploration. We’ll discuss both winter and spring natural history with a focus on keeping children engaged under hot and/or wet conditions.
These courses are electives in AUSB’s new proposed Certificate Program, or they can be used as electives for graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education program. Those who want to take the classes as stand-alone experiences for their own interest or professional development are also welcome. Tuition is $679 per unit or $407 per unit for Antioch alumni. Continuing Education Units are available and included in tuition.
For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Kelly Pena at 805-962-8179 x5315 or kpena[at]antioch.edu.
Posted on November 18, 2015
Gary, an affiliate faculty with the Graduate Education and Credentialing program, published a humorous novel entitled Checking in at the Crowbar Hotel. Based on his own experiences with at-risk youth, the novel gets its name from a slang term for juvenile hall.
“I really liked the challenging adolescents who were a part of my career,” Gary said. “Never a dull moment, and … I learned new things about their lives, their cunning, and even the humanity that motivated them, even while they were locked up.”
Gary believes there is much to learn from delinquent students who enter facilities like the one depicted in Crowbar Hotel and explores these themes in the book. His experiences working with troubled kids has shaped his career.
“Whatever I know about teaching has been informed tremendously by a bunch of kids who were seldom ever in school,” Gary said. “The irony of this continues to intrigue me!”
Crowbar Hotel is available in print and electronically at Amazon.com.
Ann, who teaches as an adjunct in the Master’s in Business Administration program, co-authored her work with British author Kim Stephenson. Their work is the informative Finance Is Personal: Making Your Money Work for You in College and Beyond, a personal finance resource that helps people get what they want out of their money.
In addition to her passion for writing and teaching, Ann currently serves as Treasurer and Board member of The Eleos Foundation in Santa Barbara and volunteers in the financial literacy program with Partners in Education, also in Santa Barbara.
Finance Is Personal is also available in hardcover and for Kindle at Amazon.com.
Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) is excited to be partnering with Antioch University New England (AUNE), the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers, and the Wilderness Youth Project to offer “In Bloom in Santa Barbara: Promising Practices in Nature-based Urban Early Childhood Education.”
“In Bloom in Santa Barbara” takes place on Saturday, September 19, at the Open Alternative School (OAS) in Santa Barbara at 4025 Foothill Road (map). The seminar will spend time indoors and outdoors exploring the school grounds and nearby urban gardens as well as visiting accessible green spaces in the nearby neighborhood. All early childhood and early elementary parents, teachers, outdoor educators, and administrators with an interest in connecting children to the nearby natural and built environments are invited. Cost is $75, and registration is at www.antiochsb.edu/ibsb.
The event features two keynote presentations followed by workshops. The morning keynote is entitled “Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: Why 21st Century Children Need Nature” by David Sobel, senior faculty at AUNE and author of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning. In the afternoon, Elaine Gibson will speak on “Child-Centered Nature Play: The Museum Backyard.” Gibson is a credentialed elementary school teacher and parenting coach and was Interim Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History in 2006 when she created the outdoor education program.
AUSB and OAS have maintained a professional partnership since 2013 for the purpose of forwarding a common vision of experiential, learner-centered education that promotes the values of social justice, ecological literacy, and advocacy.
For more information about this event, please contact Kelly Peña at AUSB at 805-962-8179 x5315 or email@example.com.
Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Graduate Education and Credentialing program hosted Bill Jacob and Monica Mendoza from UCSB’s Center from Mathematical Inquiry for a three-day math workshop in July for teachers and administrators.
Participants studied the developmental trajectory of measurement and geometry in Pre-K through the 6th grade and addressed the big idea of the Common Core State Standards. The workshop focused on problem solving that develops facility with special operations such as decomposing and composing geometric shapes to students are ready for geometry beyond the 6th grade. All participants collaborated with their grade level peers and take with them a curricular unit to use in their classrooms.
The workshop was attended by 18 educators, some former AUSB students, and Cooperating Teachers. Thanks to Gary Delanoeye, a faculty member for AUSB’s Education program, for snapping some photos and providing background on the workshop.
Those on campus over the past week likely noticed a much higher than normal number of guitars and other stringed instruments at Antioch University Santa Barbara.
That’s because the Graduate Education and Credentialing Program offered a free Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) workshop from July 13-17 for AUSB students and working teachers to learn how to bring music into their classrooms.
Participating teachers and students, some of whom had no previous music experience, learned to play the guitar and ukulele, sing, and write songs in order to bring these skills back to their classrooms and studies.
GITC’s Executive Director Jessica Baron was on hand to teach the workshop at AUSB. “They (the Antioch students) were hands-down brilliant. Their openness to learning and trying new things was way beyond my expectations,” Jessica said. “They passed through a full year of training in just one week.”
GITC is a national non-profit organization headquartered in San Diego, and it has conducted programs in 32 states and in parts of Canada. GITC’s mission is to provide free music classes for teachers to deepen students’ learning area in all subject areas.
“We were a real good fit because we share the Antioch philosophy,” Jessica said.
See more photos from the workshop on the AUSB Facebook page. And for more information, visit www.guitarsintheclassroom.org.
Almost 150 Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) students walked across the stage to collect their hard-earned diplomas at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort on Friday, June 19, and transitioned from student to alumni.
At this year’s commencement, 147 students received degrees from AUSB’s academic programs. Of those, 77 received their Bachelor of Arts degrees; 13 completed the Graduate Education and Credentialing program; 42 finished the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program; 5 received their Master’s in Psychology degrees; and 10 completed the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program.
Dr. Nancy Leffert, AUSB President, and Victoria Riskin, chair of the AUSB Board of Trustees, gave welcoming remarks, and Lynn Houston, who received her BA from AUSB in 2011 and was honored with this year’s Distinguished Graduate Award, spoke on behalf of the alumni.
“It is my honor this year, as it is every year, to usher a new class of Antioch graduates into the world to continue the good work they have already begun on furthering their careers and professional lives,” Leffert said.
Linda Hoover, who graduated from the PsyD program, and Miranda Rich, a Bachelor of Arts graduate with concentrations in Communication & Media and Marketing, were named as the commencement student speakers.
“Being selected as a commencement speaker is the crowning jewel in my academic journey,” Hoover said. “I am honored by the privilege to represent the PsyD program and graduates this year.”
“My Antioch experience taught me that the goal of my education was not to leave knowing the threats that exist today but is to leave having the passion to fight them,” Rich said.
Susan Lang, MA, an affiliate faculty member at AUSB, received the 5th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching at the ceremony.
Lang has taught at AUSB for over 15 years in both the Graduate Education and Bachelor of Arts programs and routinely receives stellar student evaluations. Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Barbara Lipinski wrote that Susan’s “dedication to student learning and success in the areas of child development, psychology, and education is commendable. She brings innovative learning techniques that make the material in challenging courses accessible and comprehensible.”
Five Master of Arts in Education candidates presented their thesis topics to the Antioch University Santa Barbara community on Wednesday, June 3, by constructing posters showing their work and to spark conversations about their chosen subjects. The five students – Shawn Amaro, Mark Duran, Courtney Fleming, Charlene Macharia, and Heather Young – gathered in a classroom packed with staff, faculty, students, and members of the public to discuss their work.
Their topics and abstracts were as follows:
Shawn Amaro: Professional Tensions in Correctional Schools
The purpose of this paper is to identify the potential for conflict between correctional officers and correctional educators. Research shows that pay, benefits, and promotional opportunities vary between correctional officers and correctional educators despite the fact they both work in a prison setting with potentially dangerous individuals. The research design was mixed method, including qualitative interviews and an ethnographic viewpoint. This paper includes a prison tour, interviews with two current correctional officers, and interviews with two former correctional educators. The study shows that there is indeed conflict present between correctional officers and correctional educators. The scale of the conflict is often determined on a personal level and is on a case by case basis between correctional employees.
Mark Duran: Integrating Social Justice and Environmentalism
Some educators and educational theorists have proposed that to make education more relevant, and address a degrading environment and worsening social conditions, we should teach from an awareness of the fundamental interdependence of these usually segregated areas of study. Some scholars, such as Friere, have promoted the necessity of an educational context of social justice. Others, such as Sobel, have placed the focus on environmental literacy and restoration. Still others, most notably Gruenwald, have suggested that these traditions have a deep and necessary natural affinity. This qualitative study uses interviews, ethnographic research, and force field analysis, to investigate the current status of educational organizations and individuals that attempt to unify the themes of environmental restoration/justice with social justice/restoration. So far, results indicate that such educational endeavors are rare in practice, usually take place in small private schools, and face both institutional and practical resistance.
Courtney Fleming: Sources of Conflict in an Elementary Classroom
In a First Grade classroom with 20 different personalities, conflict is bound to arise. The purpose of this study was to determine the themes, context, and role of gender in First Grade conflicts. With an action research design, I had the specific intention of creating small-scale change and improving my classroom practice. I collected my data in the form of daily reflective journals with a deep reflection and analysis into the conflicts of my first grade classroom. This paper will include background research about how children, ages 5-10, create and respond to conflict with other children. Some researchers claim that conflict in the classroom originates from prior and current familial experiences while some argue that attachment to parents may have to do with a child’s ability to handle conflict that arises. As a First Grade teacher, I was in a unique position to conduct the research in my own classroom during the 2014-2015 school year.
Charlene Macharia: Building Positive Communities
Isla Vista history is rooted in music and the arts though there have been periods of time where artistic expression decreased. Following the increased crime rates in 2014 and the tragedy that happened in Isla Vista resulting in the killing of 6 UCSB students, Isla Vista First Friday (IVFF) was created as a means of positively shifting the culture. IVFF is a musical and artistic event that occurs at a park in Isla Vista every First Friday of the month and IV Open Lab is the UCSB course that meets weekly to plan IVFF and engages in other collaborative art projects. My research will gauge the impact of IVFF on students, other Isla Vista community members and the culture of the city in general, as well as evaluate IV Open Lab as model to re-think and reform the education system. I used quantitative data in the form of a survey that was passed out during some of the Isla Vista First Friday (IVFF) events and an online survey as an end of year evaluation for students and community members. I also used qualitative data in the form of interviews of the art professor who started IVFF, the student and community members involved in organizing as well as those who just attended the events. The results are tentative as since data collection is still in progress.
Heather Young: Evaluating FOSS Science Programs
My research is a program evaluation of the implementation of a science curriculum called Full Option Science System (FOSS). Force Field Analysis was applied to see what factors helped and impeded teachers in the implementation of the FOSS program. I used quantitative data in the form of two electronic surveys sent to teachers, one in 2014 and the other in 2015, to inquire of their individual application of the program. In addition to the quantitative data, I used qualitative data in the form of three interviews; two science consultants and one administrator from a school district. They were asked as to why the FOSS program was selected and how might the district aid teachers in their execution of the program. The results were mixed and suggest that more time was needed for implementation and fidelity to the program was not consistent.
Susan has taught at AUSB for over 15 years, in both the Graduate Education and Bachelor of Arts programs and routinely receives stellar student evaluations. Her award was announced by Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Barbara Lipinski this week. In the announcement, Barbara wrote that Susan’s “dedication to student learning and success in the areas of child development, psychology, and education is commendable. She brings innovative learning techniques that make the material in challenging courses accessible and comprehensible.”
In addition to a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from California State University Northridge, Susan also earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from AUSB. She also has taught courses at CSU Northridge and at Santa Barbara City College.
AUSB’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is an annual recognition of a faculty member by his/her faculty peers based on the following criteria:
- Excellence in teaching in general, particularly in teaching AUSB’s core purposes.
- Excellence in instruction design to achieve the school’s and the student’s goals.
- Engagement in teaching, stimulating, and educating students.
- Passion for inspiring students “above and beyond the call of duty.”
The first award in 2011 recognized John Forhan, JD, Adjunct Faculty in the BA program. Subsequent winners are:
2012: Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD, Core Faculty and Chair of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD).
2013: Dawn Murray, PhD, Core Faculty and current Chair in the BA program.
2014: Frank Rust III, PhD, Adjunct Faculty in the BA program.
Miranda Rich of the BA program and Linda Hoover of the PsyD program previously were announced as student speakers at this year’s Commencement, to be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19 at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. For more information on the 2015 Commencement, visit antiochsb.edu/commencement.
The 30-year-old Ashley, who is a teacher at La Cumbre Junior High School in Santa Barbara, and her family have set up a GoFundMe account to help offset the high medical costs incurred by her treatment, and they have spread the word via social media using both Twitter and Facebook.
Ashley’s story has attracted media attention, including a recent profile written by local outlet Noozhawk. In the story, Ashley outlines her plans for the future.
“I want to have a family,” she said. “I want to do something with education. I still have so much I want to do.”