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Grant Leads to Development of Sensory Rooms in Ashland University’s College of Education and Elyria Campus

Grant Leads to Development of Sensory Rooms in Ashland University’s College of Education and Elyria Campus

Ashland University’s Department of Teacher Education in the Dwight Schar College of Education received a $216,093 curriculum development grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children last fall and this grant has allowed the department to create dual licensure programs between early childhood, middle grades education and K-12 intervention specialist.

“The new curriculum proposals are under review with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and, as part of this grant, two active sensory rooms -- one on main campus in the Dwight Schar College of Education and one on the AU campus of Lorain County Community College in Elyria -- have been completed,” said Jason Ellis, principal investigator for the grant and professor of teacher education at AU.

Center for Civic Life at Ashland University to Hold Forum on ‘Land of Plenty’

Center for Civic Life at Ashland University to Hold Forum on ‘Land of Plenty’

On Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., the Center for Civic Life at Ashland University is hosting a forum titled “Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure that People have the Food They Need?” The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Ashland Public Library.

Many communities in the nation have families who run out of food before the end of the month, children who come to school hungry, and people who sometimes have to choose between food and other necessities.

Ashland University Lecture to Center on ‘The Virtues of a Christian Teacher’

Ashland University Lecture to Center on ‘The Virtues of a Christian Teacher’

This year’s Don Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology at Ashland University will feature Dr. Wesley Null, vice provost for Undergraduate Education and professor of Curriculum at Baylor University in Texas, speaking on the topic of “The Virtues of a Christian Teacher.”

The event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Jack and Deb Miller Chapel on the AU campus. The event is free and open to the public, and this second annual Don Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology is sponsored by the AU Department of Religion and the Schar College of Education.

Ashland University Education Dean Selected as a Deans for Impact Fellow

Ashland University Education Dean Selected as a Deans for Impact Fellow

Dr. Donna Breault, dean of Ashland University’s Schar College of Education, was selected as a Deans for Impact (DFI) Fellow this spring and she participated in a one-week training academy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, this summer.

“The organization really provides a critical network for the Dwight Schar College of Education,” Breault said. “Serving as a DFI Fellow provides me with the opportunity to reach out to the leaders in Colleges of Education across the country. It provides ongoing support to ensure that what we do at Ashland has an impact, that the impact can be measured, and that we hold ourselves accountable based upon those measures.”

Ashland University Receives Teacher Education Grant of $216,093

Ashland University Receives Teacher Education Grant of $216,093

Ashland University’s Department of Teacher Education in the Schar College of Education has received a $216,093 curriculum development grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children that will allow the department to create dual licensure programs between early childhood and middle grades education and K-12 intervention specialists.

“This grant provides resources to maximize the impact Ashland's Dwight Schar College of Education can have on future generations of children,” said Dr. Donna Breault, dean of the Schar College of Education. “It showcases the expertise of our amazing faculty and district partners. Further, it helps reinforce the promise we make to provide transformative experiences for our students so they are prepared to transform the lives of others.”

Ashland University Graduate Named One of Finalists for Ohio Teacher of the Year

Ashland University graduate Dr. Matthew C. Luginbill is 2018 Teacher of the Year for State Board of Education District 11 and one of five finalists for the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year, according to an announcement made by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria.

Luginbill received a master of education degree from Ashland University in 2006.

Ashland University Graduate Named One of Finalists for Ohio Teacher of the Year

Ashland University Receives 2017 Best of Columbus Award

Ashland University has been selected for the 2017 Best of Columbus Award in the Universities & Colleges category by the Columbus Award Program.

Each year, the Columbus Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Columbus area a great place to live, work and play.

Ashland University Receives 2017 Best of Columbus Award

Ashland University Education Students Collaborate with Local Company

Ashland University Education Students Collaborate with Local Company

Six Ashland University teacher education students were involved in a project this year that resulted in them helping to design splash parks for children with special needs.

Dr. Jason Ellis and Carla Abreu-Ellis, both associate professors of education in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University, were leaders of a project that led to the undergraduate students collaborating with Rain Drop Products LLC on making their products more inclusive for individuals with disabilities. Rain Drop is an aquatic play manufacturing company located in Ashland.

Ashland University Education Professor Receives Leadership Award

Dr. Carol Engler, associate professor of education at Ashland University, has received the first ever Exemplary Leadership Award presented by the Ohio Council of Professors of Education (OCPEA). Engler received the award at the Spring Conference of OCPEA held on April 21 in Columbus for her “enthusiasm, vision and commitment to educational leadership.”

This leadership award is being named the Carol Engler Exemplary Leadership Award and will be awarded annually to someone from an exemplary school and/or district providing leadership in the field of education.

Ashland University Education Professor Receives Leadership Award

Ashland University Inducts Students into Teacher Education Program

Ashland University Inducts Students into Teacher Education Program

Ashland University Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang and Dean of the Schar College of Education Dr. Donna Breault were in attendance Wednesday, April 19, when 23 students were officially inducted into the Dwight Schar College of Education’s Teacher Education Program at Ashland University. This represents students across five different education majors from Early Childhood to Music Education.

“It is a spectacular rite of passage for those inducted as they now become official members of our teacher education program and are well on the path to professional practice,” said Dr. Jason Brent Ellis, who teaches many classes in the undergraduate teacher education program. The evening’s keynote speaker was Mike Buttil from Ontario Local Schools, who spoke about pushing the limits in the teaching profession for the betterment of all students.

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