SUNY Cortland: Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

The goals for our “Flourishing Teachers, Flourishing Students” project match SUNY Cortland’s mission, which is to use diverse learning experiences to develop engaged citizens with a strong social conscience. The “harmony” of our college’s mission and our initiative’s goals were reinforced by our college president, Dr. Erik Bitterbaum, who included a session on High Impact Practices during his summer administrative retreat in 2014, and who devoted the opening meeting of the academic year in August 2014, to the topic of High Impact Practices. One goal of our initiative was to integrate two high impact learning strategies, service-learning and learning communities, into our offerings for Childhood and Early Childhood Education majors in our School of Education. We launched two of those learning communities in the fall of 2014. Each one included a writing course, a math course and a one credit seminar in exploring college life. We supplemented the high impact learning strategies used in these courses with professional development workshops that we designed to foster our students’ empathy. Forty students finished the courses in the fall 2014 semester and 39 completed the second set of courses in spring 2015.

Primary Investigators: Andrea Lachance, Dean, School of Education: