On October 15, 2012, I presented a talk at Fondation la Main à la Pâte in Paris, France entitled “College for Kids = Hands-on activities for students, professional development for teachers.”
Fondation la Main à la Pâte [Foundation for Collaborative Hands-on Work] is a research foundation established by a consortium of organizations: l’Académie des Sciences, l’École Normale Supérieure (in Paris) and l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (where I am based at present). Researchers there focus on the improving the teaching of science to K-12 students, especially using hands-on techniques. They invited me to talk about my current project documenting College for Kids in the US, which often has a focus on teaching science and on hands-on techniques, as well as sometimes having a dual track, where teachers are trained at the same time that students are educated.
My thanks to David Jasmin, Director of the Foundation for the warm welcome (and excellent Japanese lunch!). My thanks to Clotilde Marin-Micewicz for meeting with me in Lyon and introducing me to the Foundation.
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue