3/10/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Education has entered into Memorandum of Understanding agreements with Edison Elementary School in Ashland that will benefit both the elementary students and pre-service teachers at AU.
“The mission of the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University is to ensure that graduates will transform students, schools and society,” said Dr. Linda Billman, interim dean for the Schar College of Education. “As such, the Schar College of Education aims to develop partnerships with local schools and districts that benefit both students and pre-service teachers.”
The two-year agreements, which were signed by Billman and Cheryl Boyles, principal at Edison Elementary School, call for the schools to undertake two collaborative projects, which are:
1) Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence), which aims to significantly improve the reading levels of Ohio's students with disabilities and students at-risk for reading failure using 1:1 volunteer reading mentoring.
“This project will benefit Ashland University pre-service teachers from the Dwight Schar College of Education as they will learn how Project MORE works and they will have the opportunity to work on reading skills with individual students who require additional instruction in reading,” said Carla Abreu-Ellis, associate professor in the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners at AU.
Ellis said that Edison Elementary School students will benefit by having pre-service teachers mentor them as they develop additional reading skills.
“In addition, this program has been proven to significantly increase the reading levels of students with disabilities on both informal and standardized reading assessments,” Ellis said. “Therefore, the successful implementation of this program will have greater benefits to this school.”
2) Learning Club, which is an afterschool program that has been running at Edison Elementary School for the past six years.
“This project benefits Ashland University pre-service teachers from the Schar College of Education as they assess students in reading and writing skills, develop lesson plans and write a progress report for each student assigned to them,” Ellis said. “Edison Elementary School students benefit by having pre-service teachers work with them in reading and writing.”
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###