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President Monaco Visits Jumpstart

On Nov. 29, Tufts President Anthony Monaco took a break from on-campus meetings to read a picture book, learn about the alphabet and sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” in an afternoon he called “the best hour he spent all week.” As a special guest during a Jumpstart session at The Open Center for Children in Somerville, President Monaco observed first-hand the passionate, hands-on work that a group of ambitious Tufts students take part in.

Jumpstart at Tufts is hosted by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and the program recruits and trains Tufts students to lead early childhood education programs at local preschools. As the website explains, Tufts students are trained to help young students with their “language, literacy, social and initiative skills,” while also receiving comprehensive training in child development and educational practices. On a national level, Jumpstart has succeeded in placing volunteers in preschools in low-income neighborhoods, and the organization has trained more than 20,000 volunteers since 1993.

President Monaco thoroughly enjoyed his time in the classroom, participating in some of the educational activities and observing the bright, engaging and friendly Tufts students as they commanded the classroom with poise. Check out some photos from the afternoon below:


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STEM Lecture Series – Games to Teach and Games to Test: Developing and Assessing Innovation

Professor David Williamson Shaffer of the University of Wisconsin spoke at Tufts on Oct. 3 as part of the STEM Education Lecture Series. He discussed a perspective on learning and assessment suited to the global economy of the 21st century and the realities of modern work and education in a knowledge society.

The Tufts STEM Education Lecture Series highlights innovative STEM education research in an effort to increase collaboration between universities and organizations dedicated to improving the way students learn. This new lecture series is a joint venture between the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) and the Tufts Department of Education.

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