As we wrap up preparations for the upcoming BTU Showcase, I am am wrapping up the last of my blog posts highlighting the five impact areas that are helping to define and drive university-community partnerships at Towson University. For over 150 years, Towson University has been Maryland’s largest provider of teachers. It should come as no surprise that a large number of projects and centers focused on education will be presenting their work at the BTU Showcase on Monday, April 24, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
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- High-quality and equitable education
- Lifelong health and well-being
- Strong neighborhoods and sustainable communities
- Thriving and competitive economy
- Vibrant arts and cultural community
High-Quality & Equitable Education
We know that one of the biggest determinants for a thriving economy is high-quality and equitable education. That being said, Towson University is committed to supporting college access, preparing new teachers, creating innovative tools to improve teaching, and addressing workforce needs specifically in STEM.
- The Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) conducted an assessment of the YMCA of Central Maryland’s Pre-K Head Start students to determine whether students progressed differently if they were taught by a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certified teacher verses a non-MSDE certified teacher. RESI provides a vast array of economic and policy analysis services that empower public, private, and nonprofit organization decision-making.
- TU’s Department of Special Education is collaborating with the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism and the MSDE to develop online training for school-based professionals who provide 1:1 support for children and youth with disabilities. These online modules will be available for free for residents of Maryland and will be a useful resource, impacting our public schools and beyond.
- Towson University Continuing Education and Professional Studies invests in and provides professional certification courses designed to address critical skill gaps in high growth industries.
- The Watson-King Planetarium at TU is open to the public on the third Friday of every month, offering a different presentation each month at no charge.
- Project ASTRO links astronomers with educators to bring inquiry-based astronomy activities to classrooms.
- The School of Emerging Technologies at TU works to advance interdisciplinary and collaborative education and research programs that address the development, application, implications, and ramifications of emerging technologies.
- SPLASH@Towson (Secure Programming Logic Aimed at Students in High School) allows high school girls to enroll in an online introductory programming logic course and learn foundational computer science and secure coding concepts.
- The TU Incubator serves as an entrepreneurial resource and activity hub inside and outside of Towson University.
- The Department of Secondary and Middle School Education has created a lab-like classroom where teacher candidates gain real classroom experience working with middle school students on content area reading and writing strategies.
- The Towson University Teaching Fellows is designed to train future faculty, with local postdoctoral scholars participating in a three semester program which includes attending a series of pedagogy workshops, followed by the opportunity to teach a lecture section as TU adjunct.
- TU Elementary Education majors partnered with the Essex Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library to host a one-hour Math Game Day, serving low-income students.
- The TU Special Collections and University Archives Department has established a collaboration with a local high school to develop a successful workflow for students to dive into digitized local history collection remotely to explore primary sources, research the creators, create item level metadata, and ultimately enhance and increase access to a live digital collection.
- MentHER is a “pay-it-forward” program which combines networking and mentoring among women of various age groups to support the growth, learning, and empowerment of college women and high school girls in the Baltimore area.
- The TU SGA Higher Education Initiative will serve to encourage students in K-12 to be successful in all facets of life post high school by providing workshops that will inform students of resources and tools that will assist them in leading a life of leadership, commitment, and integrity.
- The Towson University Literacy Center aims to help families learn strategies to assist them in continuing to develop literacy skills, for the sake of learning as well as enjoyment.
- Cisco licenses IT and career skills development programs, at no cost, to non-profit institutions through a program called Cisco Academies.
- The Pre-Driving Readiness Program, offered through the Occupational Therapy Center, provides a collaborative opportunity with the Mann Residential Treatment Center, part of the Sheppard Pratt Health system. Students from the Mann Residential Treatment Center participated in a 10 week inclusive program that offered experiential opportunities to improve life skills, pre-driving skills, social participation skills, and performance skills.
- The Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science promotes healthy aging by providing services to enable older adults to age well in their homes and communities.
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University offers adults, age 50 and older, opportunities for continued learning, along with programs and activities for social and cultural enrichment.You can see a complete list of all exhibitors on our website.