Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats
Dr. Mary Jo’s concept of education is based on over 40 years in the field and the work of many theorists in education and psychology. As a professor at Washington and Jefferson College since 2009, she teaches EDU207 (Education Psychology). Dr. Mary Jo draws from the wisdom of the following theorists:
Bandura (Social Learning Theory)
Bell (Critical Race Theory)
Bronfenbrenner (Ecological Systems Theory)
Brown (Reciprocal Learning)
Erikson (Psychosocial Development)
Gardner (Multiple Intelligence
Gilligan (Women’s Moral Development)
Goleman (Emotional Intelligence)
Kohlberg (Moral Development)
Kolb (Experiential Learning)
Maslow (Hierarchy of Needs)
Piaget (Cognitive Development)
Vygotsky (Zone of Proximal Development)
Outreach Systematic Approach
- All young people are worthy of respect and will be given equal educational opportunities regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, life style or belief system. Gender stereotypes and sexist language will be avoided.
- Outreach education is multi-cultural, promoting awareness of the individual needs of students from all manner of backgrounds. Narrow-mindedness or discrimination will not be tolerated.
- Parents should be the foundation of a pyramid of good health. Parent/youth communication in the vital area of human sexuality is to be promoted and encouraged.
- Education should be an interactive, joyous and invigorating experience. The only way to be empathic to a young person's needs is to truly listen to that young person.
- Risk behavior is discussed clearly and accurately, avoiding the imposition of shame or guilt.
- Students are encouraged to speak openly and directly to Outreach educators, with a promise of confidentiality. In cases of abuse or physical/mental danger, the student is advised that the Outreach educator will need to break confidentiality to the proper authorities. Every attempt will be made to involve the student in the decision making process and advise the student of the necessary course of action.
- Outreach educators have no time limit on their caring for kids. Students may contact an Outreach educator whenever necessary.
- There is no better education than that given by example. Outreach professionals are cognizant of their role as models for youth and conduct their lives accordingly.
- Affecting behavioral change in the area of healthy sexuality is a challenge. There are no magic bullets or simple solutions. Our efforts must be caring, consistent, constant, and collaborative in the community.
- No one cares what an educator says until it is clear that the educator cares.
- Outreach Systemic Approach
- BIO: Beauty Inside & Out
- AIDS Awareness - The Peer Educator Program has hosted an annual AIDS Awareness Day program since 1993.