Thursday, March 16, 2017

OUC teacher candidates share experiences in instructional strategies at NAPDS conference

Two Ohio University Chillicothe students, Emily Richard and Drew Brown, recently attended the National Association for Professional Development Schools conference in Washington, D.C. to share their experiences in the classroom at Chillicothe High School while conducting clinical field hours.

The focus of their attendance coincided with a joint presentation on instructional strategies, teacher retention and effective teaching by Karen Corcoran, program coordinator for OUC’s middle childhood education program, Dr. Jeffrey Fisher, principal of CHS and Lindsay Burns, a teacher at CHS.

Both Emily and Drew conducted their required clinical field hours for a semester at CHS as a part of the middle childhood education curriculum and were introduced to the bell ringer instructional strategy.

“We focused on the bell ringer process which is a review, preview or test prep question,” said Emily Richard, who’s concentration will be in math and language arts. “Each day the teacher cued the bell ringer process, which starts the class as soon as the bell rings and includes the big ideas and essential questions derived from the learning standards. Once completed, the teacher goes over the learning gap with the students and in turn builds rapport through the process.”

The bell ringer, one of many instructional strategies presented as best practices at the conference, challenged both Drew and Emily during their semester at CHS while also building their confidence in the process along the way.

“I struggled with the cueing at the beginning,” said Drew who’s also pursuing a concentration in language arts and math for his teaching licensure. “Getting the class started right away was difficult since I’m the type that likes to chat at the beginning. The learning gap was also challenging because I didn’t want to tell someone they were wrong, but it provided a good opportunity to correct their mistake and explain how to be successful going forward.”

The two were able to take these experiences and share with other educators from across the country about building relationships for success.

“At the conference, I talked about how I saw these relationships build throughout my semester at CHS. I also discussed the learning gap that we need to tell our students about,” said Emily. “I mainly spoke on the relationships that we need to build with our students in order to have a successful classroom for our students.”

Dr. Jeffrey Fisher described working with both students and the importance of this pilot program in instructional strategies.

“Drew and Emily were two of our best in the pilot program.  Despite pursuing licenses in the 4-9 grade levels and wanting to focus more in the lower grade levels, both teacher candidates bought into these instructional practices at the high school level understanding effective teaching strategies spans grade levels, ages, students, and schools,” he said.  “Because of this partnership and the opportunities gained through their experience, I believe both Drew and Emily are much more prepared to be effective teachers the first day they enter a classroom as a professional educator.”

The partnership between CHS and OUC was monumental for the two future teachers, who noted they would be taking what they learned and applying it in their classrooms.

“it makes us honestly better teachers because we got to personally see it [instructional strategies] and do it ourselves,” Drew stated.

Emily continued, “A lot of stuff we’ve learned about doing in our future classrooms have been in a textbook and we haven’t gotten to see it in person. But, we’ve seen this [instructional strategy] in person and we’ve actually done it ourselves and we know its successful.”

“The Chillicothe Schools partnership that helps OUC train the next generation of teachers is exemplary, which both Drew and Emily found out by attending sessions and talking to other students from across the country,” said Corcoran, who oversees the middle childhood education program. “They now know first-hand that our teacher preparation program with the partnership like the one we have with Chillicothe City Schools has set them up for a successful career in Education.”

Fisher, who was the 2015 Ohio Principal of the Year, described the partnership as one focused on teacher retention in American and one that answers the fundamental question, “what is good teaching?”

“The teacher candidates at OUC were placed at CHS to observe our teachers and their implementation of a set of research-based instructional practices,” he noted. “Effective teaching is the goal and these practices the teacher candidates were able to learn about, observe, plan, and eventually implement provides future educators a much deeper understanding of the intentional decision making that must go in to becoming an effective teacher.”

Karen elaborated that the relationship between the two schools is valuable in so many ways.

“Our teacher candidates certainly benefit by being immersed into a clinical field setting that models best practices in instruction which results in high student achievement,” she said. “Having the teacher candidates actually plan and implement some of these strategies gives these candidates practical skills prior to their internship in teaching. It certainly sets them up for success in the profession. I thank Dr. Jeff Fisher, Principal at Chillicothe High School for initiating this partnership.”

Both Drew and Emily described their experience at the conference as one that was unforgettable, a great opportunity and allowed them to learn, grow and mature through their attendance.

The two OUC students will be pursuing their internships in teaching, or student teaching, in the fall and will be graduating at the end of the semester in December 2017.

Master's in Education Counselor Education Cohort coming to OUC

The Counselor Education program at Ohio University is pleased to announce that we are assembling a regional Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) counselor education cohort program for the Ohio University Chillicothe campus beginning in Summer 2017, pending minimum enrollments are met.

The program will offer the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization, which is accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

With this degree, graduates are eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Ohio. The regional program offers evening classes to accommodate a full-time working professional schedule for those who wish to retain their current employment as they complete graduate study in counseling. Our students remain full-time taking between 9-12 credits per term.

For more information, please join us at one of our two Program Information Sessions: March 23rd at 5:00pm or March 27th at 6:00pm in Bennett Room 110 on the Chillicothe campus.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

OUC to honor Ross County's trail blazing women

The Ohio University Chillicothe’s Giving Circle will pause to pay tribute to eight Ross County trail
blazing Women for women’s history month.

The women will be honored for their achievements in their field on Thursday, March 23, 3017 at 6:00 pm in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall at Ohio University Chillicothe.

The 2017 women includes:
·       Andrianne D’Souza, the first women NACCP President
·       Velma Kell, for her work with veterans and philanthropic projects at Walnut Street Church
·       Queen Lester, for her community involvement through the years
·       Mary MacCarter, for her volunteer work in the health field
·       Patricia Medert, for her work as a local author on the history of Chillicothe;
·       Margaret Planton, former mayor of Chillicothe and for her contributions to the city
·       Muriel Weaver, for her devotion to the arts in the area
·       Amey VanVoorhis, for her work initiating media as part of instruction in the schools

Join OUC for dinner and celebrate with Ross County’s trail blazers as well as other women across the community. Reservations are due on Friday, March 18, 2017. 

$25 includes dinner and a contribution to the OUC Giving Circle Scholarship. Please make checks available to OU Foundation, Attention Joyce Atwood, 101 University Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601. For more information, contact Joyce Atwood at or at 740.774.7732.

Monday, March 13, 2017

OUC approved to begin conducting Social Work continuing education courses

Ohio University Chillicothe’s office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development has been approved to offer continuing education courses and workshops for social workers and counselors.

The announcement comes from the state of Ohio after months of work by OUC faculty and staff members Dr. Ken Larimore, assistant professor of social work, Brenda Phillips, Associate Dean of OUC, and Alyse Klupenger to bring the program to OUC.

“By OUC offering continuing education credits and workshops for social workers and counselors, we are able to ensure that these individuals can spend more time focusing on the needs the communities in which they serve,” said Phillips, who also oversees the Continuing Education and Workforce Development program. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of so many individuals who are committed to helping strengthen ties between our City, the surrounding area and higher education at OUC.”

This year, OUC plans to hold six social work continuing education classes and workshops on the following subjects:
·      Mindfulness
·      Trauma Effects
·      Ethics
·      Anxiety and Depression in Teens
·      Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
·      ADHD

The state of Ohio requires that social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists complete 30 hours of continuing education courses every two years and three hours of ethics courses to maintain their certification.

“The programs are designed to meet regional needs in central to Southern Ohio, specifically for social work and counselor professionals in Ross and surrounding counties,” noted Phillips. “These professionals need access to secure 30 hours of annual continuing education credit and OUC will now offer appropriate and substantively-rich programs that meet their needs, offer highly-qualified instruction, and appropriate levels of oversight.”

The first workshop will cover the topic of Mindfulness Basics and will be held April 12, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at OUC.

For more information on OUC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs or upcoming social work continuing education classes, visit or our Facebook page at

Community invited to local entrepreneurship roundtable events

The public is invited to an upcoming series of local entrepreneurship roundtable events, engaging the community in a conversation focused on new business development, business growth and new job creation. The free events will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on March 13 at Shawnee State Sodexo Ballroom, Portsmouth; March 16 at Ohio University Bennett Hall in Chillicothe; and, April 5 at The Ohio State University Extension Office in Jackson.

The series is hosted by the PORTSfuture project in collaboration with TechGROWTH Ohio, both programs of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Community members and students who are interested in starting a business, growing a business, or making a small business better should attend the roundtables. A wide variety of well-known local business owners will share their start-up and growth stories at each event. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to participate in an active question and answer session with the panelists, coordinated by a professional in business start-up development and growth.

Topics from the business owner panel and venture development specialists will include creating a business, pitching an idea, attracting loans and equity capital, and pointers on avoiding common startup pitfalls. Regional providers of business development services will also attend the events and make themselves available to talk with the audience throughout the initial networking, during the event and after the meeting.

TechGROWTH Ohio, working with an extensive regional network of service providers, dedicates its mission to aiding local entrepreneurs and businesses and encouraging job growth. TechGROWTH OHIO, part of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; Ross County Chamber of Commerce; Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative, and OSU South Centers collaborated for the creation of the event.

The PORTSfuture project, in consultation and collaboration with former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant stakeholders, leverages Ohio University resources and expertise in a variety of activities to support the cleanup of the former uranium enrichment facility, to provide STEM education experiences to local students, and to engage the public in outreach activities. The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office funds PORTS future with a grant.

For more information about the events, or to RSVP, contact Megan Weber at More information about PORTSfuture is available at


About TechGROWTH Ohio

Founded in 2007, TechGROWTH Ohio is a $52M public-private partnership comprising of the state of Ohio Third Frontier program, Ohio University, and the private investment community. TechGROWTH Ohio provides intensive professional services and seed-stage investment capital to technology companies and entrepreneurs in the 20-county Southeastern Ohio area. These services and investments have helped companies in Southeast Ohio generate more than $334 million in additional economic activity. For additional information, visit

About the Voinovich School
The Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is a catalyst for regional, state and national collective impact in entrepreneurship, energy and the environment, and public and social policy areas. Students engage in a combination of hands-on opportunities and networking to bring their ideas to life. The School’s blend of real world problem solving and key government, nonprofit and industry partnerships combined with student education provides unique learning opportunities. For additional information, visit

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