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  • Locations: Apiro, Italy; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
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What You Need to Know

Italy is widely known as having some of the most progressive legal policies supporting inclusive practice including an over 30-year tradition of educating students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Inclusion in Italy is based on the principle that the integration of people with disabilities is a positive force in the classroom, because it offers all students opportunities to develop new understandings and knowledge. Disability, therefore, is considered a point of strength, rather than a problem. Italy also boasts a public education and basic literacy level of nearly 97%, which is quite remarkable, although international comparisons of test scores place Italy much closer to the U.S. in other areas. Today, Italy is experiencing a new wave of immigration as well as the effects of a widespread downturn in the economy. Disability studies, as a field of inquiry, is beginning to emerge in Italy. Thus, the implementation and meanings of integration (or inclusion) take on new meanings in the midst of these changes, making this a very significant time to be studying and observing inclusion and literacy instruction in Italy.

Travel and Living

The round-trip transatlantic flight to Italy is included in this program's fee . Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by SU Abroad and are included in the program fee. You'll be housed in shared rooms in hotels/hostels rented by Syracuse University for the duration of the program. Students will receive some meals (included in the program fee), but will be responsible for a majority of meals. Additional information will be provided to confirmed applicants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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Courses

Literacy, Inclusion, and Diversity in Italy
SPE/RED 400/600, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

This three-week immersion in the Italian education system will invite participants to explore key course constructs through a combination of school visits and observations (as well as direct work with students on a shared literacy project), Italian language study, lectures, cultural and museum visits, seminars; class readings and written assignments. Beginning in Apiro (Marche region), and ending in Rome (Lazio region), students will also visit cities in several regions of Italy, including Venice (Veneto), and Florence (Tuscany), as well as day trips to other points of interests.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.

Faculty 

  Kathleen Hinchmann

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 Kathleen A. Hinchman is the Associate Dean of the School of Education and a Professor in the Reading and Language Arts Center. Once a middle school teacher, she teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in childhood and adolescent literacy. Her research explores youths’ and teachers’ perspectives toward literacy. She has published in many journals and co-authored or edited such texts as Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescents’ Lives and Teaching Adolescents Who Struggle With Reading. She has served as President of the Central New York Reading Council and the New York State Reading Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors and 2009 president of the Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference).

 






Christy Ashby


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Christy Ashby is an Associate Professor in the Teaching and Leadership Department of the School of Education at Syracuse University. She teaches in the  Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Program and coordinates the 1-6 and 7-12 Inclusive Education Masters’ Programs. She is also the Director of  the Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI), which conducts research, training and dissemination of information on communication strategies for individuals with disabilities who are non-speaking or who have limited speech. This work focuses on enhancing participation of people with disabilities in inclusive school and community settings.



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Dates

 Course begins:  May 14, 2018
 Course ends:  June 1, 2018
 Application deadline:   February 10* 

*Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.

Costs

 UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,603 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee    $4,000 (estimated)
 Total  $7,603 (estimated)
 GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,500(2017 rate)
 Program Fee   $4,000 (estimated)
 Total  $8,500( estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: included in program fee
Books & Supplies: $60
Personal: $500
Meals: $500

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


Contact

For questions on the application, please contact:
Kelsey Hanbach, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (kbhanbac@syr.edu)

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2018 06/01/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.