Brookline's Wheelock College introduces new programs

June 24, 2013

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The Earl CenterWheelock College, with campuses in Brookline and Boston, has taken three steps to encourage deeper learning, empower students, increase access and affordability, and deliver more strongly and efficiently on its mission through the use of technology, all made possible by a generous gift from Sylvia (Class of 1954) and James Earl.

- The Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, providing a new state-of-the-art, technology-infused teaching and learning space.

- The creation of Wheelock's first endowed professorship: the Sylvia '54 and James Earl Professor of Technology and Learning.

- Three winners of Wheelock's Sylvia Earl '54 Innovation Award for projects that enhance the college's ability to deliver on its educational mission.

Dedicated on May 15, the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation is an emerging technology hub and resource for students, faculty and the greater Boston community who work with children and families.

The Resource Center first opened at Wheelock in 1967 as a place where students and faculty apply conceptual understandings through hands-on, developmental learning. With the improvements to this space comes collaborative workspaces, mobile white boards, eight screens for dynamic presentations, and technology development areas to facilitate the experimentation, creation and development of curriculum materials.

Simultaneous with the Earl Center Dedication, Wheelock established its first endowed professorship: the Sylvia and James Earl Professor of Technology and Learning to enhance the college's international thought leadership. The tenured senior faculty position will evolve the role of technology in learning and teaching though cutting-edge scholarship, teaching best practices, and educational programs in the areas of education and human development. Appointment for this position will be as early as fall 2014.

The Earl Center and endowed professorship complement a previous gift from the Earls that established the annual Sylvia Earl Innovation Award. Now it its second year, the Sylvia Earl Innovation award funds the generation, development and piloting of new ideas that create measurable impact in the teaching, learning, and support of education at Wheelock. Four key criteria drive the decision of the winning projects: technology-driven, innovative, clear and measurable, replicable and scalable.

The 2013 winners are:

- An app that provides daily activities to engage children in grades three-five and their parents in STEM learning

- A paperless Writing Center using iPads

- A "virtual computer in a pen" improving students' note-taking skills

For more information, visit the following links:

The Earl Center for Learning and Innovation

The Sylvia and James Earl Professor of Technology and Learning

Sylvia Earl Innovation Award

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