Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D., president and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Albright College and Adelle Schade, Albright College’s dean of pre-college and summer programs and founder of Total Experience Learning® have been invited to an in-person meeting of the United Nations in New York, Dec. 13-14 – honored for their work during the International Year of Glass 2022.
During the December United Nations meeting, Albright College’s first International K-12 Educators Forum will be included in the report back to United Nations delegates. The forum featured Albright’s innovative model for K-12 educators in glass and materials science. Fetrow and Schade will be seated in the United Nations’ central chamber and the United Nations briefing will be streamed online.
A United Nations subcommittee for International Year of Glass 2022 chose Albright College’s Total Experience Learning (formerly called Science Research Institute) to hold the first International K-12 Educators Forum. During the event, delegates from five countries and four U.S. states visited the college and nearby school districts this past fall to explore the Total Experience Learning model in action.
The Total Experience Learning model is designed to provide opportunities for authentic learning through experiences while improving and refining research skills, literacy, communication skills and entrepreneurial thinking. It is employed through a powerful K-12 and higher education collaboration, which empowers students and educators in the city of Reading and Berks County to create, innovate, explore and invent through hands-on learning experiences with leaders and professors, as well as Albright undergraduates who serve as mentors.
“The Total Experience Learning philosophy is anchored in providing individual student and educator support for creative, inventive and innovative solution development that relates to current industry needs,” said Schade. “Albright College is leading an educational movement creating a world-class teaching and learning community in the Innovation Corridor of northeast Reading.”
The first Albright graduate to lead the college, Fetrow returned to her alma mater in 2017 to serve as the college’s 15th president. In spring 2022, the college’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend President Fetrow’s five-year leadership contract another five years, through 2027.
Learning from a 25-year career in education and holding degrees in health and physical education (B.S.), biology education (M.Ed.) and microbiology (M.S.), Adelle Schade was named a recipient of the Whitaker Center’s Women in STEM Game Changer award and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Take the Lead award, this year.