Columbus State is a terrific community college and I had the honor of serving as its Board Chair for 2 years. Here’s a link to the employee newsletter.
For the first time, teachers can acquire an applied Masters in STEM Instruction. This 36 credit program focuses on the practice of using Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning (TPBL) as an Instructional Strategy coupled with Community Relevant Strategies, and STEM and the Principles of Design as the Delivery System. Each course builds upon the previous scaffolding teachers through a replicable process that enables them to
Plan rich, rigorous, and relevant modules for the classroom,
Align and Embed standards that form the foundation of Student Learning Objectives and Assessment,
Quantify and Analyze both formative and summative assessments,
Respond to cultural diversity and differentiated learners,
Practice implementing TPBL modules
Manage TPBL Classrooms, and
Provide evidence of Teaching Effectiveness.
Coupled with existing DWU courses graduate students will emerge from this Master’s program with strong practical experience and a well-grounded understanding of how to successfully implement TPBL, how to clearly demonstrate the practice, and what to share as evidence of effectiveness.
Starting this fall, middle-school students from across central Ohio can apply to attend Ohio’s original science- and math-focused school.
Metro Early College High School, which had served only Franklin County high-school students until this school year, is expanding its program to serve students in grades 6 through 8 in and around Franklin County.
“We feel like adding the younger kids and innovating the middle-school experience can help us broaden our footprint,” said Principal Aimee Kennedy, who sent a letter to parents about the expansion on Monday.
The ability to bring new ideas into situations with large existing momentum is tough. Recently I came across a case study that was written by the Generative Leadership Group about some work I did at Battelle during 2004-5. Go here to read the case.
Columbus State Community College celebrated its May 2014 Commencement last week.
See video highlights here
Ohio Pathways to Prosperity – $14.4 million
Pathway to Prosperity is a multi-state network led by the non-profit Jobs for the Future and researchers at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. This consortium is the first group to bring Pathway to Prosperity programs to Ohio so will likely be watched closely. The consortium’s primary goals are to offer sustainable, work-based learning opportunities for students; increase high school graduation rates; and better prepare graduating students for college success.
I haven’t updated this blog for awhile about the progress in RCS, so it’s time to bring in the news from 2013. In addition to winning a Pathways to Prosperity grant that involves dozens of districts in central Ohio, RCS continues its progress that has earned the district much-deserved recognition as an innovative district with smart and savvy administrators. Some highlights from the community newspaper below:
Reynoldsburg City Schools continued key collaborations to encourage dual high school and college enrollment and expanded science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in 2013.
The district also grappled with new state report card requirements and unfunded state mandates, including a new teacher evaluation system.
Tragedy struck in late fall, though, when a young girl’s body was found behind the high school campus on Summit Road.
Superintendent Steve Dackin, who recently announced he will retire in July 2014, said 2013 was a year of successful partnerships.
“Our STEM programming expanded significantly,” he said. “Baldwin (Road) Junior High School was officially recognized by the state of Ohio as a STEM platform school and Herbert Mills Elementary was reinvented as a STEM-focused elementary school.”
The district also collaborated with Columbus State Community College and Mount Carmel Health System to encourage students to earn college credit while still in high school.
Last Saturday, Marcy Raymond, the founding principal of the successful and awesome Metro Early College High School (Columbus, Ohio) received their most prestigious award – Friends of Metro. Also, Guadalupe Medina was the first alumni to be recognized with a Metro Alumni Award. Congratulations to both! I am proud to know you and benefitted from your mentorship!
Read the press release here. From the announcement:
Marcy Raymond was instrumental in the design and founding of Metro Early College High School. After leading Metro as its first principal for 5 years, Ms. Raymond now serve as the Director of Secondary Education and STEM Initiatives at Reynoldsburg eSTEM High School. Guadalupe Medina, a Metro 2010 graduate and member of the inaugural class, is a graduating senior at the Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs and Communications. she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Educational Policy and Leadership, sparked largely from her experience at Metro.
You can out more about Metro here.
I’m very excited that I have been accepted for admission to this program in its inaugural year!!! I will be researching entrepreneurship in education. Stay tuned for future blogs about my experience as a student, yet again, at 57 years old! Here’s my soon-to-be advisor, Dr. Stephen Pape – describing the program:
To address the dramatically changing landscape of education in the 21st century, which includes advances in technology, new research on the science of learning, and the emergence of a for-profit education sector, the Johns Hopkins University School of Education (SOE) faculty have developed an innovative and dynamic distance education Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program. This innovative, online EdD program is designed to prepare an exceptional corps of educational leaders, both nationally and internationally, who can set a high standard for leadership in education and are equipped to meet the vast challenges associated with improving both public and private educational environments. This part-time program prepares students for a wide variety of leadership positions in PreK-12 school settings as well as varied organizations related to the industry of education.