SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

LEARNING INITIATIVES
FOR FAMILIES AND EDUCATORS

What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.
EL SISTEMA

MAKING MUSIC AT MITCHELL

What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.
RESEARCHING FRESH SOLUTIONS

THE ENERGY/WATER/FOOD CHALLENGE

What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.
TECHNOLOGY–AIDED

ACCESS TO COURTS
THROUGH ENHANCED ONLINE FUNCTIONALITY

What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.
What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire and fund innovative programs that intensify learning experiences while addressing global challenges into our third century.

TAKING ON GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Many of the most pressing problems facing our region, nation and world are highly complicated and require expertise from multiple perspectives. Given the university’s long-standing commitment to the public good, combined with our breadth and depth of expertise across the institution, faculty and students are uniquely positioned to collaboratively take on these challenges. Our goal is to have a lasting and positive impact on the world. Funded Projects

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INTENSIFYING LEARNING EXPERIENCES

In order to prepare our students for the ever-changing world of the future, the university must enhance its traditional strength in educating students so that they have broad knowledge, specialized training in at least one field, critical thinking skills, appreciation of the arts and humanities, understanding of the scientific method and the role of science, and quantitative reasoning and numeracy. Our goal is to intensify action-based and innovative educational experiences that expose students to the complexity and volatility that they will face when they leave the university. Funded Projects

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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

LEARNING INITIATIVES FOR
FAMILIES AND EDUCATORS

The Learning Initiatives for Families and Educators (LIFE) Project was developed by a U-M School of Education faculty team to create opportunities for elementary education teacher certification program interns to learn from the families of the children that they teach. Through multiple family home visits, interns learn to build positive, collaborative relationships with diverse families and develop communication skills that allow them to serve a broad range of students. The program takes place at Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor and is one of many initiatives of the Mitchell Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a partnership between the U-M School of Education and Ann Arbor Public Schools that is entering its fourth year. MORE

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EL SISTEMA

MAKING MUSIC AT MITCHELL

Starting in October 2013, Mitchell Elementary School fifth graders began learning to play string instruments through a program modeled on El Sistema. From its origins in Venezuela, El Sistema is making its way into some schools in the United States. Now, thanks to a partnership with the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), School of Social Work (SSW) and School of Education (SOE), an El Sistema model is being piloted at Mitchell, an Ann Arbor Public School. This model gives students a chance to benefit from high-quality musical instruction and develop the personal strength that comes with learning to play an instrument. MORE

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RESEARCHING FRESH SOLUTIONS

TO THE ENERGY/WATER/FOOD CHALLENGE

While the developed world relies on massive, interconnected energy systems and takes access to clean water and sufficient food for granted, this is not the case in many other parts of the world. In this project, an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students conducts case studies of microenvironments representative of developing world settings where a better synergy between energy, water, and food is needed. MORE

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TECHNOLOGY-AIDED

ACCESS TO COURTS THROUGH
ENHANCED ONLINE FUNCTIONALITY

Led by U-M Law School professor J.J. Prescott, this Global Challenges project seeks to revolutionize how the public interacts with courts. Its technology-driven approach has the potential to create an entirely new case resolution process, one that improves performance and accessibility along numerous dimensions and makes courts better suited for the information age. MORE