Archive for December, 2009

Slowing Down the Moment of Transition

December 31, 2009

Marshall Brewer

Slowing down the moment of transition from 2009 to 2010 can be done in several ways.  An advantage is that doing so can help make the emotional experience of change less uncomfortable.

One way to slow down change is to examine it closely.

  • What happened before?
  • How do I feel about that?  (more…)

Blog on Break

December 24, 2009

Boyce House on the SIT Campus in Winter

The semester has ended and students have gone.  Beginning today, SIT will be closed through the rest of 2009 and reopen again on Monday, January 4, 2010.

How was your 2009?  What are your wishes for 2010?

President Adam Weinberg: Looking Back, Looking Forward

December 21, 2009

World Learning President and CEO, Adam Weinberg

In preparation for the exciting developments ahead in 2010, World Learning, SIT Graduate Institute’s parent NGO, recently unveiled a newly-refined mission statement:

World Learning works globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions and communities to create a more peaceful and just world.

For more than 75 years, we have been committed to creating a more peaceful and just world through education, training and exchange programs. (more…)

ESL Certification: Intern’s View

December 17, 2009

Colleen Garrett

The Fall 2009 intern at Brattleboro Union High School, Colleen Garrett, describes the value of her education.  Like magic, the transformation that takes place during supervised teaching requires insight, practice, and close attention.  Unlike magic, transformative learning changes the changer.  Note how Colleen is different as a result of her experience.

PART TWO – The Intern’s View

The Value of the Internship

Working with such experienced and knowledgeable cooperating teachers as Ana Rawson and Jenn Course has been an amazing tool for developing my understanding of ESL teachers and learners in the US. I already have several years of EFL and museum teaching experience, so my SIT learning (more…)

Teacher Training Institute

December 14, 2009

For many years, SIT has offered courses that support professional development of people working in settings of intercultural learning and with critical global issues.  The Teacher Training Institute, which takes place online in the winter and spring, and on campus in June, is one such example.

Who should come?  SIT alumni, teachers in any discipline and teaching context, teacher trainers, supervisors and mentors of teachers, and other professionals who wish to deepen their practice will find advantage in these online courses.  Please note that a completed application must be received two weeks prior to the start of the course.   Contact details below.

Winter 2010 Online Courses

It’s in winter the form of the tree is visible.

1.  Supervision: An Educative Process

Faculty: Jack Millet

Supervision is teaching.  It is a process of educating.   (more…)

ESL Certification: Cooperating Teacher’s View

December 10, 2009

Ana Rawson

Ana Rawson, MAT 19 (1988), is interviewed here by Colleen Garrett, MAT 40 (2008), whose previous posts have been quite popular.  Directing her school district’s teaching of English to speakers of other languages, Ana also holds several other distinctions, including representing the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union to the WIDA Consortium. Besides her own ESOL teaching, Ana teaches SIT’s ESL Certification course, Advocacy in US Public Education.

In addition to being her teacher in the Advocacy course, Ana works with Colleen daily during the internship as an on-site peer and resource.  This critical and special role of Ana’s is called that of a “cooperating teacher.”

PART ONE – A Cooperating Teacher’s View

  • What were the most valuable parts of your MA in Teaching from SIT?

Colleen Garrett

One of the most valuable parts of my experience at SIT was the opportunity for reflection on my own cultural background, and learning to see this as a strength in my teaching. (more…)

Alumni Respond to Faculty

December 7, 2009

Alumni respond to the update letter from faculty.  Note the strong, loyal feelings expressed here.  (Notes have been edited lightly for reasons of confidentiality.)


SIT Appoints New Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost

December 3, 2009

BRATTLEBORO, VT (November 6, 2009) — SIT/World Learning is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lynne Rosansky to the position of vice president of academic affairs and provost.

“Lynne brings a wonderful commitment to our mission and a passion for innovation that will help shape our future,” said Adam Weinberg, World Learning president and CEO. “I am excited to welcome Lynne to the World Learning and SIT community.” (more…)