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Emily Hoyler

Visiting Lecturer in Education Studies

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At the heart of Emily’s work is education for sustainability – education that seeks to prepare learners with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to meet the challenges of the future.  Education for sustainability (EFS) is a lens that considers environmental & ecological integrity, economic vitality, and social justice/equity.  Building upon big ideas, such as systems-thinking, interdependence, and community, EFS uses place-based education as the context, service-learning as a major strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal.

Emily is deeply rooted Addison County, as she grew up in Middlebury and Cornwall, attended Mary Hogan School, and graduated from Middlebury Union High School. She continues to work closely with the community in her role on the board of the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) and as an advocate and organizer for local Farm-to-School efforts.

Prior to her work at Middlebury, Emily worked at Shelburne Farms as an educator and curriculum specialist, working with the Sustainable Schools Project to provide support and professional development to local educators. She was also the lead writer of the Farm’s recent curriculum guide Cultivating Joy and Wonder: Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood Through Nature, Food, and Community 

Emily taught sixth grade literacy at the Paul Cuffee School (PCS), a charter school in Providence, RI, as well as served as Literacy Department Chair for two years.  She has also taught science and environmental education in less formal educational settings for the past 15 years.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, a Masters in Education with a concentration in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is presently working on her Ph.D. with a focus on education for sustainability at Antioch University New England’s School of Environmental Studies.  Emily completed her teacher education and licensure through the Shady Hill School Teacher Training Course in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She is a licensed classroom teacher in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

 

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EDST 0105 - Education for Sustainability      

Foundations of Education for Sustainability
In this course we will examine how Education for Sustainability (EFS) has become an interdisciplinary field that embodies a holistic and critical approach to the role of education in informing human interactions with the environment and the economy through the lens of equity & social justice. We will use place-based education as our context and service-learning as our pedagogy, while sustainable communities will remain our overarching goal. In collaboration with a community partner, students will identify an authentic need in Addison County and design and participate in EFS through a community-based project. This course will take an active approach to learning and will consist of activities, workshops, projects, and guest speakers, to provide students the opportunity to experience EFS in practice. 3 hrs. lect.

SOC

Spring 2014

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EDST 0305 - Elem. Literacy & Soc. Studies      

Teaching of Literacy and Social Studies in the Elementary School
This course is designed to provide prospective elementary teachers with an understanding of literacy and social studies instruction for all learners in K-6 classrooms. In addition to the classes, students will participate in a field experience of observing and helping out in elementary school classes in the Middlebury area (approximately 24 hours) and design an individual education studies website. The course will view literacy development (reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing) in such a way that assessing and planning instruction fits naturally into everyday classroom activities. We will explore a variety of topics and issues related to social studies: Vermont and National Standards, interdisciplinary approaches, and assessment. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

Fall 2013

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EDST 0315 - Elem Mathematics and Science      

Teaching of Mathematics and Science in the Elementary School
This course is an examination of current theory, research, methods, and materials of elementary school mathematics and science. In addition to the classes and lab, students will participate in a field experience of observing and helping out in elementary school classes in the Middlebury area (approximately 24 hours). Development of an individual education studies website will also be required. Students will construct a working knowledge of assessment and the scope and sequence of mathematics and science skills, concepts, and dispositions; how children learn mathematics and science; effective teaching skills and strategies; and the role of the national and Vermont standards in teaching and learning mathematics and science. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab

Spring 2013

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EDST 0405 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
A semester-long practicum in a local elementary school under the direct supervision of an experienced cooperating teacher. (Corequisite: EDST 0410) (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Fall 2013

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EDST 0406 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Fall 2013

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EDST 0407 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Fall 2013

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EDST 0420 - Education for Sustainability      

Education for Sustainability
In this seminar we will design environmental education (EE) curricula and community service learning projects for use in public schools or in nonformal educational settings such as nature centers and recreation programs. Students will carry out internships in schools or other community settings in Addison County in order to foster both an enhanced sense of place and a broader perspective on environmental issues. Students will study the evolution, goals, and public attitudes towards EE. Guidelines from the North American Association for Environmental Education will be used to analyze, evaluate, and design EE curricula/projects. 3 hr. sem.

Spring 2013

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EDST 1001 - Educ/Sustainability in Action      

Education for Sustainability in Action
What skills, knowledge, and attitudes do young people need to meet the challenges and opportunities that await them? What role do educators play in preparing students for their future? In this course we will consider these questions as students explore, experience, and create Education for Sustainability (EFS) in Burlington, VT. During the third week of the semester, students will live at Shelburne Farms, a global leader in EFS, as they observe and participate in EFS in K-12 classrooms.

WTR

Winter 2014

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