Webster University, Webster Groves School District Work to Expand Collaboration

| February 11, 2013
Webster University and Webster Groves School District

The collaboration is focused on sharing resources, spaces and insight in education.

Webster University representatives met recently with members of the Webster Groves School District for the second time to discuss expanding their collaborative activities.

“We met in September 2012 for the first time to talk about projects we could work on together,” explains Oren Yagil, special assistant to the president at Webster University, and coordinator of the collaboration. “Sarah Riss, superintendent of the Webster Groves School District, and Beth Stroble, President of Webster University, both recognized the incredible opportunities this partnership can have on students at both institutions.”

It’s the second meeting since September of Webster leaders and educators focused on collaboration between the University and the School District

At the meeting, Webster University art professor Carol Hodson and Webster Groves School District fine arts coordinator Ed Grooms discussed their recent collaborative activities.

“The collaboration is mutually beneficial to Webster University and to the Webster Groves School District,” explains Grooms, “because we can share spaces and resources.” One of their activities included a hands-on art workshop for elementary and secondary teachers. The two-day workshop included demonstrations, mini-lectures and time for the teachers to create their own art.

“The workshop was received phenomenally well,” says Yagil. “The kids as well as the teachers were blown away… they couldn’t stop talking about it!”

Hodson is planning to hold a similar workshop in the spring for elementary teachers, reading specialists and English teachers, as well as art teachers.

Also at the meeting, Anne Edmunds, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, spoke about her collaborations with Karen Verstraete, a college counselor for the Webster Groves School district. These activities included a joint counseling luncheon and a college camp.

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