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Ashland University’s Teacher Education Program Receives Top Ranking

Ashland University’s Teacher Education Program Receives Top Ranking

Ashland University has been recognized as the top private college for teacher education in the state of Ohio by the Online College Database in its newest ranking titled “Top Colleges in Ohio Shaping the Next Generation.”

“This ranking solidifies what we have known for years – that Ashland University's teacher education program, which offers pre-K through doctorate level courses, is one of the strongest among independent and state institutions in Ohio,” said AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew. “The undergraduate teacher education program has been NCATE accredited since 1973, and that program as well as with the master of education, doctor of education and professional development services are recognized on a state and national basis.”

Ashland University Professors Collaborate on Book

Ashland University Professors Collaborate on Book

Two Ashland University education professors have collaborated to publish a book that they hope will serve as a guide for reforming colleges and schools of education in universities across the United States. These organizations currently are facing a critical series of reforms and restructuring movements as the professional field of education responds to the economic and workforce challenges faced in this country.

Dr. Rachel Wlodarsky and Dr. Howard Walters, both associate professors of education in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University, collaborated to publish “Reflection and the College Teacher: A Solution for Higher Education.”

Ashland University Alumna Gives Presentation

Ashland University Alumna Gives Presentation

Ashland University alumna Lauren Reichenbach gave a presentation on Student Learning Objectives (SLO) to Ashland University students on Oct. 8 in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education.

Reichenbach, a 2011 graduate with an intervention specialist moderate/intensive degree, explained the goals of SLOs and provided concrete examples of how to write appropriate student learning objectives.

Ashland University Students Attend Film Festival

Ashland University Students Attend Film Festival

Ashland University students and faculty from the Dwight Schar College of Education attended the 2nd annual “ReelAbilities” Columbus Disabilities Film Festival held in Columbus on Oct. 4.

Twelve Ashland University students enrolled in EDIS 245 International Perspectives on Disability and members of the student organization the Council for Exceptional Children attended the event. These students were Crystal Wise, Lacey Turnbull, Molly Leibengood, Marisa Carafelli, Michelle Babiak, Kateland Kacie, Jill Holland, Mollie Jeck, Alyssa Szpalik, Alex Lillich, Caitlyn Miskimen, and Melissa Strausbaugh.

School Safety Expert Says School Safety Needs to Come First

School Safety Expert Says School Safety Needs to Come First

A national school safety expert says that schools opening this fall need to remember to put safety first during this school year.

Dr. Amy Klinger, assistant professor of educational administration at Ashland University, says the Newtown school shootings need to continue to be a lesson to schools nationwide. Klinger works with school districts throughout the country and the province of Ontario to prepare them for threats and disasters.

Study by Ashland University Doctoral Student Finds Value in Value-Added

Study by Ashland University Doctoral Student Finds Value in Value-Added

A study conducted by an Ashland University doctoral student shows that Ohio’s value-added model for determining public school student achievement produces results that are less biased by factors such as family income, school district property wealth and school expenditures than other accountability measures.

“Ohio’s use of value-added scores for accountability seems to be moving the state in the right direction,” said Dr. Tom Selvage, a May graduate of Ashland University’s doctoral program in Leadership Studies. “Value-added reduces the biases that can be present in other accountability measures that are influenced by factors outside the control of schools such as poverty levels or student mobility.”

Ashland University Education Students and Faculty Attend Conference

Ashland University Education Students and Faculty Attend Conference

Ashland University students and faculty members from the Schar College of Education attended the “Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion and Disability” Annual Conference held in Columbus on April 17.

Twelve Ashland University students enrolled in EDIS 245 International Perspectives on Disability and members of the student organization the Council for Exceptional Children attended the event.

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