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SPSEA Activities & Field Experiences
College Day brings students from Clelian Heights School to Pitt-Greensburg for a day of engaging activities. These students may be cognitively challenged or have autism and College Day provides these students with a glimpse of campus life. Working with a specific theme, Pitt-Greensburg’s Education students plan and lead all activities.
Hallow Boo is an event each fall on our campus. The evening offers our littlest learners that opportunity to enjoy games and activities led by our pre-service teachers.
The JAYS (Joining to Achieve Youth Success) program is an afterschool mentoring program for middle school students at Jeannette School District to improve social and academic skills.
Activities include homework assistance, recreational activities, and themed-programming. Teacher candidates are trained and supervised by JAYS staff.
Student Volunteers serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to elementary students in local elementary schools for 30 minutes one time per week to serve as mentors.
Pitt-Greensburg’s Education Department hosts the annual NHS Autism Dance. This dance provides a secure setting that allows exceptional students to participate in a real-life social event and contributes to the NHS School’s mission to teach their students skills that will help them succeed in the community. Pitt-Greensburg’s Education students plan and host the fall dance which is held on campus.
The PBS Kids Writers’ Contest is a national/local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Pitt-Greensburg partners with WQED and PBS to promote the contest by hosting kick-off events on the university campus each spring.
Read for LIFElong Learning
This reading enrichment program is designed to enhance reading and comprehension skills of elementary students at Greensburg Salem School District. Pitt-Greensburg Read Leaders choose books to help students learn new things, identify with others, frequently visit new places, and entertain themselves as they become LIFElong learners. Teacher candidates are trained and supervised by university staff.
The SPSEA conference is held annually in a different city in Pennsylvania each spring for all active SPSEA clubs. This is a great experience for all education majors because the conference offers many different workshops. A few examples of workshops held in 2010-11 included First Year Teaching, Safety in the Classroom, and Classroom Management. The conference also provides the opportunity to make connects that might help in getting a job in a very competitive market!