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“Making America…”: Teaching Student Leadership and Responsibility

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jan 4, 2017 12:10:46 PM

As a “teacher of teachers” at Marygrove College, I am always on the lookout for a good school story.  Don Aslett tells the story of two schools in the same U.S. city.  The first had a lunchroom strewn with trash which took hours to clean every day.  The second school’s janitor needed just 15 minutes.  The schools were as identical as two schools can be, except for different principals.  At the second, the principal required students to clean up their own places.  “Anything you mess up, you clean up,” was the fair, simple rule which “unquestionably taught and reinforced the most important ingredient of greatness: responsibility.”

The recent slogan “Make American Great Again,” made me think.  The last time America was great was when responsibility was something taught at home and school, and the principle of “For the Common Good” was held in mind when leaders of government and industry made decisions, when we said “our children,” rather than “those children” regardless of how well they tested.  So, how about it?  Let’s clean up our own messes and demonstrate to the world that we understand the most important ingredient of greatness: responsibility.  I’ll make you a deal – I’ll teach our teachers how to help our children learn this amazing skill if you will do your part by addressing all forms of inequality at home and abroad.  Deal?

diane_brown.jpgDiane S. Brown, Ph.D., IHM, was appointed the Coordinator for the Academic Department of Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching program in 2007 and the Director in 2010. She is currently the Chair of Education. Brown’s research interests include student-teacher interactions in the online environment and the use of Currere as a method to retain experienced teachers in the profession.

Tags: student leadership, effective classroom management

5 Great Reasons to Earn Your Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Apr 11, 2016 3:54:24 PM


Our Master of Arts in Teaching Program Allows You to Specialize

As an undergraduate, you were given the tools to build a strong pedagogical foundation—but chances are that you weren’t given the opportunity to truly hone in on a specific area of study and specialize. This is one reason Marygrove students continue to choose our Master of Arts in Teaching program. Each of the MAT degrees at Marygrove College consists of 10 courses. Six core courses focus on content that all teachers need to know regardless of grade level and/or subject area and five specialty courses focus on the content specific to each program. If you’re interested in technology, you can take courses that focus on it. The same goes with curriculum, instruction, assessment, not to mention reading, literacy, and mathematics!

An Online Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Gives You a Competitive Edge
While there are many ways that you can distinguish yourself from other applicants, adding an MAT degree to your CV is certainly one of the most effective. As a teacher with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, you have proof that you have initiative, that you have immersed yourself in your field of study, that you are committed to your profession, and that you have the tools—and the degree—to prove it!

A Master of Arts in Teaching Online Degree Often Leads to a “Pay Bump”
There are a few states—Florida, Indiana, and Louisiana to name a few—that have dispensed with the automatic “pay bump” for teachers who have earned their MAT degree. That’s true. However, most states still value advanced degrees and reward teachers for earning them.

Take the state of Michigan, for example. According to a 2013 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, Michigan teachers with five or less years of teaching experience who have earned an online Masters of Arts in Teaching degree earn $16,000 a year more than teachers who only have a bachelor’s degree.

Earning an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree is Personally Rewarding
While an advanced degree certainly has a professional and monetary payoff, we find it hard to put a price tag on the rewards of being a graduate student.

As a graduate student, you will engage with experts in your field; you will have the opportunity to learn from your peers—that is, other teachers who know what it’s like to be “in the trenches” every day; you will also be exposed to current research, teaching practices and methodologies that you can use in your own classroom right away. If that isn’t valuable…if that’s not something to be satisfied with, we don’t know what is.

You Already Need to Take Continuing Education Courses; Why Not Simply Earn Your MAT Degree?
No matter where you teach, one thing is certain: You will have to take continuing education courses to maintain your education. Sure, you can fulfill your state’s requirement by taking a couple of courses—but instead of doing things piecemeal, why not make a long-term financial and professional investment by earning your MAT Degree? It’s easy at Marygrove – and much more affordable!

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Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree: What Does It REALLY Cost?

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Mar 11, 2016 12:49:03 PM

Tistock_000008533108xsmall.jpghere are countless reasons online Master of Arts in Teaching degree students continue to choose Marygrove College, but at the top of the list is our price tag. Unlike many colleges and universities offering Master of Arts in Teaching programs, we like to be completely up front about what our program costs. No hidden fees, no surprises!

To give you a better sense of exactly where your dollars are going, we’d like to break down the cost of your Masters of Arts in Teaching degree.

Program Fee: $450 billed your first term.
This is a one-time program fee of $450 that is billed to your account your first term. It includes an online access fee and Capstone Project evaluation fee.

Student Services Fee: $115 per semester.
This fee provides access to Web Advisor, which allows you to see your bill, review your financial aid status, and access your Mentor and grades. It entitles students to email for life and library services, which include: email reference service (where you can send questions related to research); access to 60 databases of periodicals including ERIC; access to the library catalog where you can borrow books online; and the net library with more than 24,000 eBooks. In addition, you get access to an online writing center that helps you with APA Writing Style and other questions related to writing assignments.

Materials Fee: (Optional) $80 per course or $160 per semester.*
This per course fee is nonrefundable and includes all required texts, journal articles, any other materials you need to complete the course, applicable taxes, and shipping and handling. The Textbook Plan automatically sends the appropriate materials directly to your home address each semester, and affords students many advantages. No shopping around for the correct editions, no ordering or waiting for books to become available. The non-refundable flat fee is $80 per class and is well worth your time and peace of mind!

*Students may choose to opt out of this fee by electing to purchase their own texts and materials at their own risk, since there is no guarantee of availability from other sources. ISBN numbers and retail prices for all texts and supplemental materials can be found on the online Marygrove Campus Bookstore.

Here’s how the cost of your education breaks down, for your financial planning:

Semester One
Fall 2016
Tuition (six credit hours x $511):………………………………$3,066
Per Semester Student Services Fee:…………………………$115
One-time Program Fee billed your first term:………………...$450

Total Estimated Cost:…………………………………………...$3,631

Semester Two
Winter 2017
Tuition (six credit hours x $511):……………………………….$3,066
Student Services Fee:…………………………………………..$115

Total Estimated Costs Winter 2016:…………………………...$3,181

Semester Three
Summer 2017
Tuition (six credit hours x $511):……………………………….$3,066
Student Services Fee:……………………………………………$115

Total Estimated Costs Summer 2016:………………………….$3,181

Semester Four
Fall 2017
Tuition (six credit hours x $511):………………………………..$3,066
Student Services Fee:…………………………………………….$115

**Total Estimated Costs Fall 2017:……………………………...$3,181

Final Semester Five
Winter 2018
Tuition (six credit hours x $511):………………………………...$3,066
Student Services Fee:…………………………………………….$115

**Total Estimated Costs Winter 2017:…………………………..$3,181

Estimated Grand Total for completing your
Online Masters of Arts in Teaching degree:…………….....$16,355

 To learn more about Marygrove’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program, click here and fill out our simple form!




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Free Thanksgiving Activity for Students: The Thankful Turkey

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Nov 10, 2015 2:31:09 PM

Thanksgiving is about a lot of things—family, friends, fellowship, and of course pumpkin pie and Turkey with all the fixings. But at its core, Thanksgiving is truly a time for us to give thanks and count our blessings.
It’s easy to forget this in the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. That’s why we put together our holiday worksheet, The Thankful Turkey.

All your students need to complete this activity is a copy of the worksheet, scissors, glue, and a little bit of time so that they can reflect on all of the things they’re thankful for!

To download our Thankful Turkey worksheet, simply click on the icon to the right!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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5 “Falltastic” Giveaways for Teachers

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Oct 20, 2015 1:27:58 PM

Has there ever been a time when teachers haven't spent their own money on their classrooms? Probably not, but in an era of slashed budgets, many teachers are reaching even deeper into their own wallets to purchase classroom supplies and teaching materials. To help you save a little dough on your classroom and yourself, we’d like to share a few teacher giveaways that are happening until November 1.

5 Falltastic Giveaways for Teachers

teacher_giveaways_1Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7-Inch, White) Tablet
If you are a K-12 teacher, you are qualified to enter Edutopia’s giveaway for a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Simply click on the box to acknowledge that you are a K-12 teacher and enter your email address and you’ll be entered into the contest.

This teacher giveaway ends on Sunday, November 1.

teacher_giveaways_2-1Teacher Innovation Grant
Up to 7 teachers will receive a $10,000 stipend, support from Character Lab, and additional funding to test and study their ideas for cultivating character strengths and skills in schools. Proposals will be accepted until November 2, 2015 at 5pm EST.

You can apply for this free teacher giveaway by clicking here.

Win a Professional Development Library

teacher_giveaways_3We’ve talked about Todd Whitaker’s Dealing with Difficult Parents before, right? Well, by entering Routledge’s Win a Professional Development Library, you have the opportunity not only to win a copy of Whitaker’s book, but his entire collection of books for teachers.

You can enter the contest by clicking here. This offer expires on November 1.

Student Contest: Win a $500 Visa Giftcard

No Kid Hungry is currently holding a Photo Essay Contest for students in grades 7-12.

teacher_giveaways_4This is a “real-world” photography and writing assignment that asks students to not only snap 3-5 great photos, but write a 5-800 word essay that answers this question: “How does childhood hunger affect the lives of teens and children either from your own life or the lives of others where you live?”

Here are the prizes:

Grand Prize: (3 total)
One winner will be chosen in each of three grade ranges. (7–8, 9–10, 11–12). Each grand-prize winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card and a $200 donation to his or her school.

Second Prize: (9 total)
Three essays of merit will be chosen from each grade range 7–8, 9–10, 11–12. Each winner will each receive a $200 Visa gift card and a $100 donation to his or her school.

To enter the contest click here. Students have until November 3 to enter their photo-essays.

teacher_giveaways_5Halloween Selfie Contest and Win $250
Shidigz is holding a Halloween Selfie Contest. All you have to do is snap a photo, upload it, and keep your fingers crossed that you get lots of votes.

Hint, hint: We’ve looked through the photos and so far we haven’t seen a single picture of a Halloween classroom celebration.

You can enter the contest by clicking here. Photo submissions will be accepted until November 1st at 11:59 PM EST and the voting period will end November 8th at 11:59 PM EST.

Be sure to check back next month for another list of free teacher giveaways!

Spooky Story Starters Guide

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5 More Spooky, But Not-SO-Spooky Halloween Read Alouds for Children

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Oct 13, 2015 2:01:17 PM

It’s been a while since we put together a list of our favorite spooky, but not so spooky read-alouds for children. As always, it’s hard to narrow down our list to five, but here they are in no particular order!

5 More Spooky, But Not-SO-Spooky Halloween Read Alouds for Children

read_alouds_for_children_1Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Witch and her cat are flying around on their magic broomstick when a sudden gust of wind snags witch’s hat…then her bow…then her wand. Thankfully, three animals come to the rescue and help her find the lost items. All they want in exchange for their services is a ride on the broom. What follows is a rhythmically, romping ride for both reader and witch alike. Try saying that ten times fast!

bunnicula-1Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

We’ve recommended this book before, but it’s just so good that we have to talk about it some more.

Just when you thought that the vampire theme had been completely exhausted, Deborah and James Howe came up with this “spooktastic” read-aloud. In Bunnicula, we meet the Toby Monroe and his family, who decide to head to the theatre to see their favorite movie, Dracula. When Toby takes his seat, he accidentally plops himself down on top of a rabbit who is bundled up in the seat.

The Monroes love animals as much as they love horror movies, so what do they do? Why, they adopt the bunny and name him Bunnicula, of course!

But the family pets, Chester and Harold, quickly notice that something is amiss: Why does Bunnicula have pointy fangs, wear a cape, and have nocturnal habits? What happened to the once-red tomato in the kitchen? This read-aloud is as funny and “falltastic” as it is fast-paced. Enjoy!

read_alouds_for_children_3-1The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson certainly owes a great debt to Maurice Sendak's well-loved and well-read book, Where the Wild Things Are. Regardless of whether or not Donaldson is intentionally channeling Sendak, our students have never turned up their noses at The Gruffalo. In fact, it has become one of their all-time favorite Halloween read-alouds. So what’s it about? Here’s the skinny:

Mouse is walking through the woods when he encounters a fox…then an owl…then a snake. Knowing that he would make a tasty treat for these animals, he uses his imagination to create the gruffalo, a monster with “terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.”

The three animals never actually see the gruffalo (because he doesn’t exist of course!), but mouse’s description of his imaginary friend is enough to scare these pesky predators away!

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Reread_alouds_for_children_4-1x

If your students enjoy Goodnight Moon, they are certainly going to love the Halloween spin Michael Rex puts on that classic with Goodnight Goon!

The story takes place “in a cold gray tomb there was a gravestone and a black lagoon and a picture of Martians taking over the moon.” Werewolf is just settling down for bed, but will Goon and his antics keep him awake all night?

read_alouds_for_children_5-2Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Like candy, tacos and dragons are year-round treats—but we always like breaking out Adam Rubin’s and Daniel Salmieri’s Dragons Love Tacos in October.

How do we begin to describe this little book? Basically, it’s a hilarious and kooky story about what can go wrong when you decide to throw a taco party for dragons. We guarantee that this read-aloud will have your students rolling on the floor.


Spooky Story Starters Guide


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Wise Words: A Conversation with MAT Mentor, Judith Gottlieb

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jun 1, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Master of Arts in Teaching onlineWe recently sat down for a conversation with Professor Judith Gottlieb. We wanted to learn more about her background, find out what brought her to Marygrove, and gain some general insight into the distinguishing features of Marygrove’s online Master of Arts in Teaching online program.

-What courses do you teach and how long have you been with the MAT program?
I have been an MAT Mentor since 1999. During my first two years, MAT students from a variety of states and school districts would submit assignments through the US mail, and the collaboration sessions were tape recorded and mailed to mentors. As the Internet grew, MAT changed quickly to a vibrant, collaborative online program!

-Could you say a bit about your professional background? What did you do before you became a professor at Marygrove?

I was a K-6 Science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, working with culturally diverse urban populations. Science is easily integrated with all areas of the curriculum, and I was able to capture students’ excitement by linking experiments and background information with art, math, and writing. A yearly Science Fair was the culminating highlight of all these curriculum connections. Although teaching in an urban environment presents unique challenges, students are motivated by supportive teachers, such as MAT graduates, who encourage their creativity and value their individuality and strengths.

-What originally drew you to your position at Marygrove College?

As a committed educator, I conducted many parent workshops and teacher training sessions in the community and district. As a result of observing these collaborative activities, a teaching colleague who was also an MAT Mentor, asked if I might be interested in sharing my teaching experience and mentoring other teachers. She invited me to shadow her and her students, and I was immediately drawn to the engaging MAT activities and collaborative format of the MAT program!

-Why do you think teachers should consider pursuing a MAT degree?

The MAT program fosters teachers’ professional growth via research-based approaches to instruction, and global perspectives developed as a result of the collaborative relationships built in the online MAT format. The courses build skills and knowledge in leadership, assessment, differentiated instruction, content area expertise, backwards design, and action research. Teachers universally testify in their final Capstone project about their increased level of confidence, leadership abilities, expertise in evidenced-based instruction, and strategies for motivating students!

-There are many, many online MAT programs out there. What distinguishes Marygrove’s MAT program from all of the others?

A major strength of the MAT curriculum is the performance-based approach to coursework. All of the assignments and learning tasks are correlated with real life applications that teachers can use immediately in their classrooms to improve instruction and enhance student success. Further, the MAT program is unique in its philosophical base. As part of developing professional expertise, all of the coursework has a self-reflection component that is correlated with the theme of “being a contribution” to students, families, peers, community, and ultimately society as a whole.

-What do you find most rewarding about teaching at Marygrove? 

I have the pleasure of sharing knowledge, as well as coaching and interacting with students, as a facilitator of their educational goals and professional growth. I am continuously inspired to be part of this cycle of growth, and energized by the commitment and actions of engaged and inspired teachers!

-Marygrove’s mission is guided by “the three C’s”—competence, commitment, compassion. The college also has a tradition of serving underprivileged and underrepresented students. How does this tradition and mission come into play in the MAT program? 

Since the philosophical underpinnings of the MAT program are rooted in the teacher’s role as a contributor to their students and society, the cycle of support and knowledge they provide to a variety of communities is ultimately based in, and reflective of, the high levels of competence, commitment, and compassion honed in the MAT program. As integral members of professional learning communities within schools and districts, the traits of competence, commitment, and compassion are translated into leadership actions by MAT graduates, impacting diverse socioeconomic groups and cultures around the United States, as well as abroad.

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Marygrove’s Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program: Our History and Mission

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 27, 2015 3:50:00 PM

online_master_of_arts_in_teaching_3When shopping around for an online Master of Arts in Teaching program, odds are that you’re not only going to consider the program’s price tag, but also its reputation, its flexibility, and the history of the institution. We are proud of our history and mission. We’re also proud of the fact that we’ve been educating teachers since 1905, that we have been leaders in the online education movement since it began in the 1990s, and that over 28,000 master teachers have earned degrees from our Master of Arts in Teaching online program since 1990.

To give you a better sense of the guiding principles of our online Masters of Arts in Teaching program, we’d like to tell you a bit about our history.

Marygrove College was founded in 1905 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We are an independent, Catholic liberal arts college that attracts and serves students of all faiths. At Marygrove, students in our online Masters of Art in Teaching program will benefit from a rich history of scholarship and responsibility within the community, an extraordinarily devoted faculty, and a host of academic resources, including an exciting living urban laboratory in which to research and learn.

The values of our institution mandate that we help, respect, explore, think and act in ways that help create a more just and humane world. Competence, Compassion and Commitment are the ideals that form the basis for everything we do. These same values are what students embrace and live out as a result of their education here, and that makes us proud.

The fundamental purpose of Marygrove College is to educate each student toward intellectual and professional competence; toward career flexibility through grounding in the liberal arts; and toward active compassion and commitment. To this end, Marygrove provides a personalized learning environment which, through excellent teaching in its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, learn more about Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!

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Our Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program: Convenient, Respected, Affordable

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 27, 2015 3:29:18 PM

online_master_of_arts_in_teaching-1The reasons teachers choose to pursue their online Master of Arts in Teaching degree are as unique as the teachers themselves. But one thing all teachers who are considering an advanced-degree program have in common is that they want to find a rigorous, highly-respected program with a price tag that won’t break the bank.

At Marygrove College, we are proud to say that our online Master of Arts in Teaching program is not only rigorous, respected, and built around the demanding lives and schedules of our students, it also more convenient and affordable than many of the other online MAT programs out there.

At Marygrove, we believe in being up front about exactly how much earning an online Master of Arts in Teaching degree will cost you. For our 30-credit program, you will pay $16,355 in tuition. No hidden costs, no surprises—there’s also no application fee, and we do not require students to take the GRE test!

Even some of the most affordable colleges offering MAT degrees are more costly—and less convenient—than Marygrove’s online Master of Art in Teaching program. Below, we’ve selected a few MAT degree programs to highlight the pros and cons of each. Take a look! We’re confident you’ll see that Marygrove’s online Master of Arts in Teaching program comes out on top.

online master of arts in teaching
Cost is only one factor to consider when choosing an online Master of Arts in Teaching online program. Before you commit to a program, we suggest that you ask yourself a number of important questions. 

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Meet Marygrove's Director of Online Education, Dr. Mitali Chaudhery

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 20, 2015 2:48:48 PM

online Master of Arts in TeachingWe recently sat down for a conversation with Dr. Mitali Chaudhery, the Director of Online Education at Marygrove College. We wanted to learn more about her background, find out what brought her to Marygrove, and gain some general insight into the distinguishing features of Marygrove’s online Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

Dr. Chaudhery, could you tell us a bit about your background?
Prior to coming to Marygrove, I served at Baker College as Associate Dean for the General Education Online division. I also worked at Schoolcraft College as an online curriculum developer, faculty trainer, and instructor in the traditional, hybrid, and online environments. I have experience with primary and secondary education as well, but I have also worked in information technology in the heath and financial industries.

What drew you to your current position at Marygrove College?
Marygrove gave me the opportunity to bring some of my prior experience to the college and use it to help develop new programs in the online environment, which was exciting to me.

Why should teachers consider pursuing a Masters of Art in Teaching online degree?
An MAT degree empowers teachers. It also gives them the tools and expertise necessary in the field today by enhancing their knowledge in areas like curriculum and instruction, educational technology, reading, and effective teaching. The program enriches the teacher with more in-depth content and research knowledge that is then applied to the classroom in meaningful ways. This preparation enables the teacher to offer more integral skills and expertise in a variety of ways that increases their contribution and value, which is critical to the job market and education field today.

Could you talk a bit about some of the exciting changes that are in development for the MAT program?
We are going to be offering a Secondary Math endorsement as well as a Special Education specialty track to the MAT program.

There are many online MAT programs out there. What distinguishes Marygrove’s MAT program from all of the others?
Our tuition is competitive, but much cheaper than most colleges. In addition to this, our classes are small to medium-sized, which enables instructors to provide more individualized attention. Another distinguishing feature of our program is that teachers can earn their degree in two years, even if they only take one course per 7-week session at a time. This enables students to manage family, work, and their education at the same time. I should also mention that students have up to six years to finish the program.

Many MAT graduates make teaching a life-long career—but what have other MAT graduates done? Does an MAT degree ever lead to a career outside of teaching?
Yes it can. This degree can empower students to increase their job market value in the field of education. It also enables students to apply their current work experience with the increased expertise of this degree to areas of curriculum and instruction, education technology, instructional design, special education, teacher training, and more. By gaining this graduate degree, they can also venture into the administration area to become directors, program coordinators, or leaders in other education-based environments in and outside of the school.

What should prospective students know about the instructors they will work with in the MAT program?
Our instructors all have master’s or Ph.D. degrees in the field that they are teaching. Most instructors also have a teaching certification and current educational work experience to share with students.

Marygrove’s mission is guided by “the three C’s”—competence, commitment, compassion. How does this tradition and mission come into play in the MAT program?
Through the rigor and expectations of the MAT program, students will learn that they are being prepared to be competent; that commitment to their education means a commitment to empowering themselves; that our commitment to providing them with an excellent program enables them to increase their job prospects and job security; and that compassion is not only a necessary attribute to better themselves and contribute to their society at large, but also an integral part of their experience here at Marygrove. Marygrove upholds this compassion for all students who wish to learn, who wish to improve themselves, who wish to grow, and who desire to develop the integrity and respect that comes with a graduate degree.  

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