Are you a Duke student interested in making a difference for kids? Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge offers undergraduates a chance to immerse themselves in new thinking about education, and to compete in crafting fresh ideas for educating the next generation. The intensive, hands-on Winter Forum takes place January 5-7, 2014 at the Fuqua School of Business. (Duke residence halls will open at noon on Saturday, Jan. 4, for students to move back in before the forum.)
At Rethink Education, students will learn firsthand from experts in the field about challenges facing education at home and abroad. Winter Forum participants will also be asked to contribute new ideas that can bring about change. Working closely with faculty mentors, student teams will be presented with real-life problems, and will be invited to design their own creative solutions. At the close of the event, an expert panel will judge the student proposals. Winning plans will be awarded prize money to help translate the ideas into real-world solutions.
Whether you’re a future teacher or a future doctor, a sculptor or a historian, Rethink Education welcomes your fresh thinking on this important topic. We invite and encourage applications from students in all disciplines. Attendance at the Winter Forum is limited, however, and a maximum of 100 students will be accepted. Interested students can apply beginning August 26, 2013, and applications will be accepted through September 27, 2013. Watch this website for more details!
Rethink Education is hosted by the Center for Child and Family Policy in partnership with the Duke University Office of Undergraduate Education and the university’s Program in Education.
The Winter Forum is a campus-based, non-credit curricular experience in an intense, retreat-like setting in which undergraduates interact with graduate/professional students, alumni and faculty to explore a major global issue from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. The Winter Forum is held over 2.5 days immediately before the start of the spring semester. The Office of Undergraduate Education has primary oversight and responsibility for the Winter Forum.
The Forum is aimed especially at three student populations: undergraduates who are less likely to travel abroad (athletes, engineers and science majors for example), students who seek to integrate experiences abroad either in advance of or following those experiences and Duke’s international students who seek opportunities for intellectual engagement with U.S. students. Students submit an application to participate in the Winter Forum and those who complete all tasks/assignments and attend each day receive a notation on their academic transcript about their participation in the Winter Forum. Faculty members for the Winter Forum are drawn primarily from Arts and Sciences, one or more of the professional schools and/or interdisciplinary institutes and centers. The faculty-student ratio is targeted at 1:10. A Faculty Committee, overseen by the host institute/center/school, develops the curriculum for the Winter Forum and a Planning Group, overseen by a representative from the Provost’s Office, coordinates the logistics for the Forum.
Generally, the Forum format consists of structured and unstructured components in a combination of large and small group sessions. The learning outcomes to be addressed by the curriculum include abilities to (1) evaluate a global issue from perspectives of multiple disciplines, (2) evaluate a global issue from multiple cultural perspectives, (3) engage in collaborative group work centered on a global issue that serves to deepen their understanding of that issue and (4) relate the Winter Forum experience to classroom coursework and co-curricular experiences. The Office of Assessment works collaboratively with the Faculty Committee and the Planning Group to coordinate the collection and analysis of appropriate assessment measures.
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