Performance | Amphitheater
A Possibility for Light
Daniel Burmester, GSOE, and others
An ethnodrama created from a research project titled "Awe Within Human Experience." The purpose of the study was to provide the researcher with a deeper understanding for how people experience awe in their lives. I transformed my original data into an ethnodrama so that the impact of the experience of awe could be received more fully and immediately.
Installations | Room 2-048
Hashtag Meta: Dissecting the Ways Social Media Mimics Aspects of Mental Illness
Britney Segermeister, Graduate Student
Abstract Expressionist photographs that explore the visual representation of the effects of social media on the millennial generation’s personality. These conceptual images merge the tangible and digital for a unique visual experience.
Cross-Cultural Virtual Exchange: Innovative Learning for Social Change (Please Note: This will be held in Room 2-141)
Jo Anne Hart, GSOE and CLAS Faculty
Live demonstration of a learning platform for international real time video exchange with undergraduate students living in the Middle East, Europe, and around the US. Each student is grouped with international peers for two months of structured and moderated collaboration. It is being piloted at Lesley University in Modern Middle East History. It is run by the international non-profit organization Soliya, which is working in 30 countries with 150 universities.
Lesley 2030: The Influence of a Community-Engaged Strategic Planning Process on Institutional Identity and Development
MaryPat Lohse, Kelsey Andrade, Milena Damianova-Tibets, Administration
At the mid-point of our strategic planning process, we will explore the role of community engagement and its influence on institutional identity and development as it relates to the progression of Lesley 2030. Guided by Edith Lesley’s legacy and vision, we reflect upon the impact of contributions from the Lesley community and how they have played an integral role in the work completed to date. We will share contours that have emerged from these efforts and our mid-process reflection, in an effort to spark further community-wide dialogue around the future of Lesley University.
Making Visible: More of the Picture
Sarah Slavick, LUCAD Faculty
On International Women’s Day 2017, I began a project of showcasing women artists on Facebook, posting a photograph of the artist alongside an image of their work. As of the completion of the project one year later, thousands of artists have been posted. With one selection from each day of postings, I will exhibit the work over 300 women artists and give a short description of the aims and results of the project.
Posters | Room 2-078 and Atrium
How Can Technology Inform, Promote Understanding, and Spark Discussion about Social Change?
Maureen B. Yoder, GSOE Faculty
Technology can be a powerful tool, and there are responsible developers who are creating informative, thought provoking materials to encourage culturally responsible attitudes and behaviors and stimulate dialog about social justice. At this poster session, you will gain hands-on experiences with virtual and augmented reality apps that will amaze you with their realism and inspire you with their potential.
Co-Constructing Knowledge- Re-framing Teaching and Learning
Alicia Arendt, Kori Bardige, Graduate Students
In a recent pilot study exploring the connections between teaching and learning, a majority of teachers agreed that there was an interconnected or mutual relationship between teaching and learning. As researchers, we have attempted to define and redefine this relationship and examine the roles of teaching and learning within PreK-12 classrooms. In this poster session, we will share both our model of co-construction and preliminary data collected from 50 teachers in various education settings ranging from early childhood to universities. We hope to spark an ongoing dialog with educators about the pedagogical implications of our emerging model of co-construction.
The Decade that Created the Modern World
Art Bardige, Trustee
In the middle of the 19th century rests a decade unique in all human history, when every discipline was reinvented, and knowledge was revolutionized in arts and sciences. This explosion of new knowledge, the foundation for our modern world, caused by a single idea, lets us see the fundamental unity and pattern to human invention. We explore this wondrous decade, the unique idea that made it, and the connections it illuminates across the history of knowledge. Taken from my book, Elegantly Simple: On the Future of Knowledge.
The Multidimensional Connection between Second Language Acquisition and Neuroscience
Carolyn Peterson, GSOE Student
My project explores the multidimensional relationship between second language acquisition, clinical neuroscience imaging, and education. The research explores the clinical neuroscience imaging and activation of specific brain region(s) during the second language learning process; educators can use the research to understand the impact on their adolescent and adult students’ learning of English. The interrelationships provide valuable insight into the multifaceted connections between the clinical neuroscience, second language development, and cognition. These relationships, therefore, are integral to understanding second language development.
The Effect of GSAs in High Schools
Chase Lydon, CLAS Student
How does the presence of GSAs in high schools lead to a decrease in drug use? How does it lead to an increase in the overall acceptance experienced by students? This presentation offers statistics gathered in schools and analysis of how certain elements of a GSAs presence in schools affect students. Those who attend can expect an explanation of GSA events and actions, and various resources.
The Intersection of English Language Development and Sheltered English Instruction
Deana Bardetti, GSOE Faculty
In Massachusetts, the role of both English as a Second Language (ESL) and content teachers has changed in response to the RETELL Initiative of 2012. While K-12 content and special education teachers are now required to acquire the Sheltered English Instruction Endorsement, the requirements for earning an ESL teaching license are becoming less rigorous. This poster provides a description of the current requirements of ESL teacher education in comparison to the past decade.
Rites, Rituals, and Leadership - in the Indigenous Cultures of East Africa
Fikremarkos Desta, Graduate Student
In the indigenous cultures of East Africa, leadership has a paramount importance. The people understand living organisms, such as termites and bees, that have leaders in their kingdom. The indigenous people also have a system of leadership that strengthens with traditional rites and rituals, and forms a connection with Mother Nature. This presentation will show the balance and interconnectedness of the rites, rituals and leadership, and will be supported by photographs and ethnographic documentary film.
Ego Development, Defense Mechanisms, and Adaption in Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals
Jack Girardi, Graduate Student
This presentation will explore defense mechanisms and ego development in transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.
A Visual Tool for Interdisciplinary Investigations
Gapminder is a dynamic scatter plot tool that allows students to observe trends over time in the relationships between different variables for over 200 countries and territories. Students look for trends that they would like to study further, and conduct research regarding the historical, social, environmental, or cultural explanations for the patterns they observe. Student work with Gapminder will be displayed and discussed in this presentation, and participants will have a chance to explore Gapminder.
Engaging students In Social Emotional Learning through Young Adult Literature
Kenzie H. Moniz, Robert Forrester, Undergraduate Students
As educators, we have responsibility for teaching the whole child. The importance of addressing social-emotional competencies in the classroom is paramount in developing the hearts and minds of young adults. Through the pairing of Young Adult and classic literature in the classroom, we hope to provide our students with a mirror to examine themselves and a window to look into the lives of others.
Social Media's Influence on Adolescent Identity
Kerri Doble, Graduate Student
Social media has a significant place in the lives of today’s teens, a time when they are actively thinking: who am I, what do I think, where do I belong, what do we mean to each other? My work examines how the digital stress from social media use influences adolescent relationships. The goal is to raise awareness and share knowledge in hopes it will encourage teens and adults to make a proactive effort to improve relationships and futures.
Creative Approaches to Enhancing Relationships with People with Dementia
Meg Chang, Donna Newman-Bluestein, GSASS Faculty
An innovative dance/movement therapy and Laban Movement Analysis research project found that nonverbal communication training strengthened relationships between caregivers and persons living with dementia. Using the arts for social engagement supports culture change in caring for elders and people with cognitive decline. Advocates for people with dementia and their families recognize how dance and embodied caregiving enhances well-being, helps to maintain a sense of identity, and supports continuity within the community of caregivers.
Embodied Compassion in Teaching--Subversive Dismantling of Inequity
Melanie Brown, GSASS Graduate Student
The Embeing model, illustrating an “Embodied Compassion in Teaching” methodology, will be presented. The Embeing model is the foundation of a training series to credential teachers who develop enriched abilities in three main areas: a compassionate embodied presence (awareness of the body as an oppressive agent, embodied cognition explorations etc.); a deepened bio-socio-cultural understanding of human development and practices that support healthy connection (trauma-sensitive, self-care, mindfulness, non-bias, and restorative practices); and a commitment to reflective practice.
Developing New Apparatus for In-situ Vermicomposting and Varying Diet Parameters to Understand Optimal Conditions for Soil Fertilization
Nataliya Ryzhenko, CLAS Staff
As a pilot project, we created a small in-situ vermicomposting apparatus that can be used in a home or at a small farm. In this setting, we need to ensure that the setup does not produce repulsive odor, since it is meant to be kept indoors. Also, the setup should be easily maintained: the food waste easily added, and the bedding kept moist. The final project will be completed outdoors in the Lesley community garden. In the outdoor setting, there will be additional parameters to consider. We need to protect worms from predators, prevent weeds, and over-watering.
Metacognition at the Program for the Advancement of Learning
Philip Hulbig, GSOE PhD Student
This workshop outlines the findings of a study of how metacognition is defined and used by practitioners at Curry College's Program for the Advancement of Learning (PAL). Several distinct approaches to metacognitive practice in education are discussed through the lens of inter-personal, intra-personal, and socially constructed learning processes. For this study, I interviewed three of the PAL program’s faculty.