Middle school summer experience shaping future leaders

Middle school summer experience shaping future leaders

Middle School Leadership Institute BU recently hosted another successful week-long summer college camp for middle school students, targeting them as future leaders through enhancement of academic and interpersonal skills.

The camp, assisted by BU education majors, featured arts-based workshops, guest speakers, field trips, and discussion groups promoting leadership, civic responsibility, communication skills, creative problem-solving, academic and career opportunities and personal development.

BU teacher candidates (education majors) assisted in the camp planning, mentoring and supervision of campers. Teacher candidates also received training from BU’s Quest program to facilitate team-building and problem-solving activities for the campers.

This week -long experience was paired with assignments for teacher candidates that included:

  • reading and discussion of research articles pertaining to English Language Learners (ELLs) and diversity
  • participation in professional development workshops
  • guided camp reflections
  • action research that required teacher candidates to examine their own attitudes and actions concerning ethnic and racial consciousness
  • reporting on the professional impact of the experience

The camp provided BU’s teacher candidates the opportunity to work with diverse populations and to develop multicultural perspectives for better understanding the role of diversity in the teaching and learning process.