Santa Clara University

A Tradition of Academic Excellence at SCU:

Teachers Model Scholarship and Service

M. Priscilla Myers
M. Priscilla Myers directs a program that provides after-school tutoring to middle school students in the San Jose Diocese.

The School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries is a professional school in which teaching, healing, and ministry are informed and developed by thoughtful scholarship and imaginative research. Integrating teaching excellence, scholarly research, and service to society, the school educates practitioners in education, counseling, health and human services, and pastoral ministry. With their professional competence, social conscience, and human compassion, the graduates transform lives, schools, and communities for the greater health, wellbeing, and the common good of all—especially for those in greatest need.

The faculty members are teachers and scholars who model this professional competence, social conscience, and human compassion.

Pedro Herandez-Ramos
Pedro Hernandez-Ramos helped obtain a grant to create an Electronic Portfolio Laboratory at SCU.

For example, Pedro Hernandez-Ramos, director of the Master’s program in Teaching and Learning with Technology, led the effort to obtain a major grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to equip an "Electronic Portfolio Laboratory" with 11 state-of-the-art dual-processor computers, as well as scanners, digital video cameras, digital photo cameras, and a software library.

As program director of the "Family and Community" area for SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Hernandez-Ramos has served as judge and chairman for the Education panel for the Technology Benefiting Humanity Awards. He also helped organize the Center’s April 2003 international conference, "Networked World: Information Technology and Globalization."

This past year, students in the Master of Arts Degree Program with a Reading Emphasis—under the direction of M. Priscilla Myers—offered middle school students at Sacred Heart Nativity School individualized, after-school tutorials. They also provided to children from the San Jose Diocesan schools free one-on-one tutoring at the SCU Reading Center. The children’s parents attended a reading workshop and were invited to watch effective teaching strategies modeled for them by their child’s tutor. In addition, each child received certificates of achievement, book recommendations to help ensure continued progress in reading, and a free book.

Thanks to collaboration with the Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Center for Community-Based Learning, Reading Program students offer literacy training workshops to other SCU students who volunteer as reading tutors through the Arrupe Center’s Community Service Project programs. This helps extend the reach of the programs’ tutoring expertise, and it enables Reading Program students to graduate with many hours of practical training and a heightened awareness of ways to assess and teach literacy skills.

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