Music Education Alumni Mentors
ONU at NASA
More than Summer Daydreams
Developing Biomass Curriculum
Dr. Jim Schul Receives Grant
VOL 3 ISSUE 1
As Ohio Northern University’s Center for Teacher Education begins the 2010-11 school year, we would like to share some news about our students, alumni, faculty and staff. Read on to discover more about what we’ve been up to, the places we’ve been, and where we would like to be in the future.
ONU MUSIC EDUCATION ALUMNI MENTOR ONU STUDENT TEACHERS
As Sarah (Werbeach) Haselman, BM ’03, welcomed Dr. Denise D’Arca, professor of music, into her music classroom last spring, it was quite different from past meetings. D’Arca was not coming to once again evaluate Haselman’s teaching skills. Instead, D’Arca was concentrating on the skills of Haselman’s student teacher, Lindsey Newlove, BM ’10.
Haselman graduated from ONU’s music education program in 2003 and also had D’Arca as her University supervisor. After succeeding in her goal of becoming a music educator, Haselman now mentors ONU students who share the same dream.
“Having an ONU graduate as a cooperating teacher has been a great experience for me,” Newlove said. “Sarah and I have been able to talk about our similar experiences, including having the same professors, classes and field experiences. Coming from the same teacher education program, Sarah understands the expectations of the program during my student teaching.”
“Having a student teacher from ONU has been a great experience for me and my students,” agreed Haselman. “I can see the influence that some of the professors have had on Lindsey in the same way that they influenced me when I was in school.” Haselman also noted that she is proud to be a graduate of ONU’s music education program and has always felt very prepared for her position.
In addition to Newlove, two other ONU music education student teachers were placed with ONU alumni in schools this spring. Student teachers Molly Howard, BM ’10, and Kaitlyn DeFrench, BM ’10, were placed with Joyce (Deringer) King, BM ’82, and Jason Fauley, BM ’00, respectively. Sharing so many common experiences has provided unique learning opportunities for everyone.
Both Howard and King were soprano voice majors at ONU. “We both went through the same things voice majors do: recitals, juries and performances,” Howard said. “We also had the same choral director, Dr. Dennis Kratzer, who we are fond of and respect greatly. Mrs. King and I also took all of the same education and music methods classes.”
Sharing those experiences was fun and enlightening for both. “By observing Mrs. King and learning her methods and teaching style, I feel even more confident that teaching music was the perfect choice for me,” Howard said.
As the 2009-10 teaching year concluded, plans were made by the student teachers and their mentors to connect in future years at alumni events. Conversations also turned to the value and importance of mentoring and guiding young teachers as these student teachers were so expertly led. The importance of a positive role model is evident to Howard who said it best as she commented, “I would like to give back to young Ohio Northern students – not only to help give advice and answer questions, but also to build relationships and connections through our mutual alma mater.”
ONU WELL REPRESENTED AT OHIO AEROSPACE INSTITUTE
In an effort to increase the number of students entering the teaching profession, the Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSCG) awards scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing licensure in a science- or mathematics-related discipline. The NASA/OSGC Education Scholarship was awarded to six of our students this past year. The six scholarship recipients from Ohio Northern University were Kristin Elix, a senior mathematics major from Englewood, Ohio, Kyle Meyer, BS ’10, Mallory Myers, BA ’10, John Matthew Rader, BS ’10, Ashley Risch, a senior mathematics major from Hudson, Ohio, and Kimberly Vogtsberger, BS ’10.
Funded by NASA through its National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, each scholarship is a one-year academic award of $1,250. Ohio Northern University and the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) in Cleveland, Ohio, also provide support.
The students were required to plan and conduct an educational project or activity incorporating technical material into a K-12 lesson, series of lessons, or activity highlighting NASA education materials. The students attended a workshop conducted by NASA personnel in November 2009 at OAI. The workshop highlighted the significant collections of available NASA educational materials. The students then presented posters at the OSGC Symposium in April 2010. The posters highlighted their educational project or activity. Elix received an award based on her poster presentation.
Congratulations to all six students for doing an excellent job with their research and posters. Everyone did a wonderful job representing Ohio Northern University.
MORE THAN SUMMER DAYDREAMS
It was a warm Saturday in spring 2010, when typical thoughts wander to the relaxation and enjoyment of the carefree days of summer vacation. Yet, the teacher candidates, faculty members and local teachers gathered in Dukes Hall did everything but relax. Their thoughts were concentrated on the Mpumalanga Province, where they were to spend more than four weeks of their summer vacation exploring the emerging democracy of South Africa.
The two Saturday workshops, totaling nearly 20 hours, prepared the participants for their emersion into the culture, political history, language and literature of an area already familiar to two ONU faculty: Dr. Sandra Crosser, professor of education, and Dr. Diana Garlough, assistant professor of education. Assisted by Nathan Oliver, online instructional course design specialist, Crosser and Garlough have spent considerable time and energy working on humanitarian projects in the village of Luphisi.
In July, a team of ONU educators returned to Luphisi to assist its citizens and develop curriculum packages for a variety of educational levels. While there, they studied this emergent democracy, which, according to Crosser, “provides parallels permitting deeper understanding of our own and other democracies, both emerging and mature, across the globe.”
The all-day preparatory workshops utilized the expertise and rich knowledge base of a number of ONU professors.
Dr. Robert Waters, visiting assistant professor of history, and Dr. Sarah (Smith) Waters, BM ’87, visiting assistant professor of music, presented on the history of South Africa. Dr. James Schul, assistant professor of education, provided expertise on curriculum development and resources. Schul also led a roundtable discussion with professors Jean-Marie Kamatali, visiting assistant professor of law, Kofi Nsia-Pepra, assistant professor of political science, Robert Waters, and Sarah Waters on the major concepts and issues involved in democratization.
Dr. Eva McManus, professor of English, and her husband, Lowe, shared their expertise on South African literature and helped develop background knowledge to apply to an area of study.
Dr. David Smith, associate professor of geography, enlightened participants with the understanding of the land features of South Africa and how geography has impacted the history of the country. Kamatali’s knowledge of apartheid and the resulting societal division that occurred, as well as a presentation on African visual arts from Judith Greavu, retired associate professor of art, further enhanced the participants’ understanding of the society into which they soon would be assimilated.
Of course, Crosser, Garlough and Oliver shared the expertise gained during their recent endeavors interacting with and assisting the people of the Mpumalanga Province. In addition, many of the above-mentioned presenters drew upon their own African travels and residencies when presenting their valuable expertise during the workshops.
ONU teacher candidates Katelyn Amendolara, a senior art major from Canfield, Ohio, Betsy Bair, a senior early childhood education major from Stow, Ohio, Ashley Smith, a senior early childhood education major from Urbana, Ohio, and Casanova Green, BA ’10, accompanied Crosser, Garlough, Debra Gallagher, assistant professor of education, McManus, and Oliver to South Africa in mid-July for their four-week study. In addition, local teachers Kelly Wohlgamuth, Chad Spencer, Holly Ruggles and Dana Garrison were part of the team.
The short-term curriculum development project, titled “South Africa: Perspectives on Democracy,” has been funded by a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program grant. Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, the grant totals $88,440. Be sure to check out the next education newsletter, where we will share the experiences of this rich educational endeavor.
ONU DEVELOPING BIOMASS CURRICULUM FOR UPPER SCIOTO VALLEY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Ohio Northern University faculty members have been busy developing a four-module curriculum, “Biomass as an Alternative Energy Source,” for the Upper Scioto Valley (USV) Wind/Energy Academy in McGuffy, Ohio.
The ONU team consists of Ken Reid, director of freshman engineering, Robert Verb, associate professor of biology, Debra Gallagher, assistant professor of education, and Ben McPheron, BSEE ’10, who taught the first module in summer 2010 at USV and has worked on the second module as well.
Concern for the limited amounts of natural resources, such as oil and coal, has spurred the search for alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. The purpose of the recently developed curriculum is to introduce students to the current topic of biomass, specifically algae, as an energy source. The modules will present the science behind this energy source in a variety of contexts.
The alternative energy curriculum will encompass four modules, each six to nine weeks in length. The modules would ideally be used in grades nine through 12, one module per year.
The modules will address the Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science. The curriculum will be structured using the 5-E Learning Cycle (Bybee), which emphasizes an inquiry-based approach. Students will work in collaborative groups and conduct research in each module. Each module will be interdisciplinary and will be project- or problem-based. The engaging, challenging and motivating curriculum will be designed around real-world issues.
PHOTO: Back left is Ben McPheron, BSEE ’10. Left front is Debra Gallagher. Back right is Ken Reid. Right front is Robert Verb.
DR. JIM SCHUL RECEIVES FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANT:
"FACULTY STUDY OF SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS"
A new committee of education faculty members has grown out of the education department’s goal to continually improve its relationships with teachers in local school districts. This group formed in fall 2009 to discuss ways ONU can develop an enhanced reciprocal relationship with local school districts in which the University can better serve the needs of the schools while improving the professional development experiences for ONU teacher candidates.
Chaired by Dr. Ron Kieffer, associate professor of education, the committee’s work continued throughout the summer months, funded with a faculty development grant received by Dr. James Schul, assistant professor of education. Schul’s grant will allow committee members to collectively form a robust knowledge base on the nature and implementation of successful school partnerships. Books purchased through the grant will be read and discussed throughout the summer using a Web-based program. Proposed second and third stages of the grant will result in faculty members visiting other sites with strong partnership programs as well as hosting a focus group of area teachers to better understand how the University might offer them support. The committee hopes that these actions will help the faculty members realize their ultimate goal of improving and sustaining successful, productive and reciprocal relationships with area teachers and school districts.
EDUCATION ALUMNI GATHERING
Join Dr. Tena Roepke, director of teacher education, faculty from the Center for Teacher Education, fellow alumni and current students, to watch the Homecoming Parade in front of the Dukes building. Visit with faculty and friends and hear updates about the programs before moving to the tailgate picnic.
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