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Emily Shoemaker, assistant professor of education, and Laurel Belkin, coordinator of publicity and recruitment, attended the opening of the Curriculum Lab. Designed to provide assistance to the ULV Liberal Studies students, the Curriculum Lab offers informative materials on teaching techniques for prospective teachers. / photo by Vicky Martinez

Emily Shoemaker, assistant professor of education, and Laurel Belkin, coordinator of publicity and recruitment, attended the opening of the Curriculum Lab. Designed to provide assistance to the ULV Liberal Studies students, the Curriculum Lab offers informative materials on teaching techniques for prospective teachers. / photo by Vicky Martinez

by Anna Roy
Staff Writer

The Education Program at the University of La Verne had its grand opening celebration for its Curriculum Lab.

Students, faculty and staff gathered at the celebration from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 2 to enjoy refreshments at the grand opening.

The lab is located behind the Barkley Building on C Street. It has been open since February of this year. The opening of the lab is an achievement for the ULV community, as there are no curriculum labs in university settings. Indiana is the location of the nearest lab located at a university.

The lab functions as a resource center for credential students, student teachers, faculty, early childhood students and people from other departments. At the lab, they can access resources on preparing daily lesson plans, activities and programs for classrooms they are working in. It serves as a type of marketplace for ideas, suggestions and sample projects. People who access the lab can network with one another as well. The lab does not turn anyone away, but does focus mainly on the ULV community.

The lab features various materials like a copy machine, laminator, computers with Internet access, children’s literature, as well as essentials for teachers like School of Education standards, frameworks and resource documents. ‘Standards’ represent a specific idea of that the School of Education expects a student to recall, replicate, manipulate, understand or demonstrate at some point down the road. The School of Education tests how well the teacher has helped students meet the said standards.

At the lab, students can view the work of other students to use as guides and models for their own classrooms.

“I used it for research on my English Language Development lesson plan and I’ve seen a lot of students sign up to use the lab,” said senior liberal studies student Darla Franklin.

The education program had the goal of building a curriculum lab for several years and was finally able to build it with the help of a donation from the family of Edith Flory. The family made the donation in her memory, with the hope that it would be used for building a lab. After two years of research and the efforts of many people, the lab was made possible.

A student advisory committee was established to research the needs of students and faculty in the School of Education. Last year, the school certified over 1,400 students in the Teaching Credentials Program.

Currently, the School of Education took over the lab, and began to purchase equipment. It will continue to provide budget monies as well.

Kalinda Schreiber is the current supervisor. She is a former long-term substitute teacher and graduate of Cal State San Bernardino.

“A lot of teachers, if they don’t have support, will burnout,” she said.

Two ULV students, senior Emily Hunter and freshman Stephanie Miller have both worked at the lab and have helped it progress.

The lab is open from Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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