Monday, March 5

Classes Begin

Exhibit March 5 - May 17: "William Morris: Visions of an Ideal World"
Includes two books produced by the Kelmscott Press and examples of designs by William Morris, interior designer, book printer, writer, socialist, and lover of the "beauty of life."
Thomas Tredway Library 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Pre-Tenure Paid Leave Report Presentation: Rob Elfline "Same or Different? An Exercise in Deeper Listening"
Sabbatical Report Presentation:  Kristin Douglas
"Sperm or Oocyte? Which fate to choose?" 
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building  

Tuesday, March 6

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Caryn Blomquist, '12
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Ekklesia Study Group
Old Main 121

Wednesday, March 7

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, 1st floor, Sorensen Hall

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Faculty, Staff & Administrators' Bible Study
Bible Study for faculty, staff, and administrators
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

12:15 - 1:15 PM - Lenten Noontime Concert
Performance by the Augustana Flute Ensemble, including Janet Stodd, and 3 Augustana flute students majoring in music education: Samantha Haake, Amanda Wortham, and Marisa Carter.
Twin Rivers United Methodist Church, 1820 5th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 

1:30 PM - Augustana Endowment Society: 'Community Outreach'
Kai Swanson will speak on "Community Outreach: WVIK and Apris" at a meeting of the Augustana Endowment Society
Westerlin Residence Center Lounge 

Thursday, March 8

No events scheduled

Friday, March 9

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Women's History Month: "Nobody Smiles Doing Housework But Those Ladies You See on TV"
presented by Jane Simonsen. Her talk addresses the cultural and economic changes that have reshaped the understanding of "women's work," and the sometmies surprising ways that Amerians have thought about the meaning of work and equality."
Black Hawk College, Building 4, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 6600 34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation/Pre-Tenure Paid Leave Report Presentation: Mike Egan & Deb Bracke "Longfellow Research Symposium"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center 

8:00 PM - Augustana Choir Home Concert
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa 

Saturday, March 10

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Home Concert
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, March 11

4:30 PM - QC Low Brass Choir Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 PM - Faculty Recital: Deborah Dakin, viola and Robert Elfline, piano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Volume 9, Issue 23 - March 5, 2012

This Week's Message

The Augustana College/Longfellow Elementary School partnership has been a mutually enriching endeavor for several years. Augustana faculty, staff, and students representing numerous departments and organizations have generously shared their time and talents with our neighborhood elementary school. Individual volunteers have provided one-on-one tutoring for the children, academic clubs have organized supplemental educational programming at the school, the children have been welcomed and introduced to Augie facilities (planetarium, geology museum, etc.), and on and on. In giving we have received, and hence the many members of our collegiate community who have connected with Longfellow have also benefited from the experience.

The teacher education program has been particularly involved with Longfellow. Our pre-majors have painted walls and organized recreational activities through Club Ed, and our junior elementary education majors' clinical teaching experience is conducted exclusively within the Longfellow building (each junior spends about 4 hours per week for the entire school year at Longfellow). Faculty are deeply involved at Longfellow as well, both through teaching (courses are held in the elementary building, course assignments often require our students to engage directly with the children, etc.) and research.

This week's Friday Conversation, aka The Longfellow Research Symposium, will highlight some of this research. Pat Shea, Rosita Tendall, Mike Egan, and Deb Bracke will share results and insights from their respective research efforts at Longfellow. A good deal of this collective research was conducted during their recent pre-tenure leaves. Descriptions of each presentation are listed below. Please plan to attend this event, learn about our work at Longfellow, and engage with both the teacher education faculty and invited guests from Longfellow's faculty and staff as we discuss some of the exciting work occurring at our partnering elementary school.

Pat Shea will discuss some of the history behind the Augie/Longfellow partnership, focusing specifically on the processes through which various agents from the northeast Rock Island community (the College, the Keystone Neighborhood Association, etc.) organized to prevent the closing of the local elementary school and worked toward strengthening it.

Rosita Tendall has been pursuing a study at Longfellow with English Language Learners (ELLs) to discover if additional singing and music making have a marked effect on their learning to read. Some students in the K-1 ELL program at Longfellow have been invited to participate in additional music classes and then reading scores will be compared to their control group classmates who have no additional music experiences.

Mike Egan will share insights from the Number Sense Project (NSP), a collaboration with Randy Hengst, kindergarten teachers Berni Carmack and Vicki Peterson, and several Augustana undergraduate partners. This talk will focus on the early childhood numeracy software development aspect of the NSP, a "demand side" approach to educational software production that stands in contrast to the dominant "supply side" model.

Deb Bracke will discuss the Parents Moving Ahead (PMA) community she has developed with Chuck Hyser. Through the PMA, Longfellow parents are provided supports intended to help them develop an increased awareness of their role as informal academic instructors.

Please join us to learn more about what's happening with the Augie/Longfellow partnership, share your own insights if you have been contributing, or learn about new ways that you might connect with us.