On the evening of Friday, May 13, Goldrick Elementary School students had the opportunity to speak to local guest speakers about their careers as part of the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development's Legacy Project.
School of Education & Human Development teacher candidates in University of Colorado Denver's Urban Community Teacher Education program work collaboratively to design a Legacy Project as a way to give back to the Professional Development School that has welcomed and supported their development as future teachers. It's also an opportunity for teacher candidates to step forward into service leadership as educators and create projects that will have an impact on the school-leaving a legacy of collaborative work. Legacy Project funds are made available through mini-grants from AmeriCorps.
CU Denver Teacher Candidate Jennifer Malcom said that her Legacy Project's primary focus was to expose students to the many different careers of individuals who work in their community and give students greater exposure to the range of professions in which they themselves could be part of in the future. Many of Goldrick's students may have limited awareness of the successful business owners or police officers who work in their community, who may be culturally similar to people in the community or the students themselves and are examples of success in their community.
Guest speakers speaking informally at tables included a doctor from Venezuela, a librarian from Athmar, a nurse, a Colorado State Park Ranger, an engineer, a Goldrick graduate who now owns a printing company and two professors from CU Denver.Some other guests included firemen, a translator, chiropractor, a vet and policemen.
The event took place on the same night as the Goldrick Carnival, so students were able to visit both events in the same location.The students went through a "maze" to visit each of the guests and ask questions. Students were able to select and collect prizes, books, and information about the professions as they exited the "maze".