ODU Students to Spend Mid-Term Break at Rural Urban Schools

Rural Urban Schools

2009-10-15

ODU Teacher Candidates to Travel to Logan Hocking Middle School, Green Elementary School, and Middlecreek Elementary School

Columbus, OH – Ten Ohio Dominican University students of the Education Division will spend their mid-term break, October 19th and 20th at three Ohio rural urban schools as part of the regional effort – the Rural Urban Collaborative (RUC), which was initiated by Ohio University.

“We need to provide multiple classroom experiences (rural, urban and suburban) for our students,” said Dr. Bonnie Beach Dean of ODU’s Education Division and a member of the RUC planning committee. “What will truly make teacher candidates highly qualified is the non-routine experiences that cause them to taste the unfamiliar. In fact, the future of schools in rural and urban areas depends on it.” Dr. Marlissa Stauffer, ODU assistant professor of Education also serves on the RUC planning committee.

Ten teacher candidates who are currently enrolled in ODU’s middle childhood and early experience courses will travel either to Logan Hocking Middle School, Green Elementary (Logan-Hocking Schools) or Millcreek Elementary (Perry County Southern Local Schools) to shadow teachers and work with students in rural settings. Those students are:    

 Lisa Curcillo (Delaware, OH)
Early Childhood Major
Green Elementary
Stephanie Wasto (Grove City, OH)
Early Childhood Major
Green Elementary

Stephanie Elliott (Hillsboro, OH)
Middle Childhood
Logan-Hocking M.S.  

Janet Griffith (Columbus, OH)
Middle Childhood
Logan-Hocking M.S.
Ashlee Wagner (Westerville, OH)
Middle Childhood
Logan-Hocking M.S. (pictured right)
Chris Brimmer (Columbus, OH)
Middle Childhood
Millcreek Elementary
Kerrie Parkinson (Powell, OH)
Middle Childhood
Millcreek Elementary
Jackie Wright (Columbus, OH)
Middle Childhood
Millcreek Elementary
Alisha Clemens (Groveport, OH)
Middle Childhood
Millcreek Elementary (pictured left)
John Kuhar (Gahanna, OH)
Middle Childhood
Logan-Hocking M.S.
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUC currently consists of Columbus City Schools, the Logan-Hocking Local School District, the Southern Local School District, Ohio University, The Ohio State University and Ohio Dominican University. RUC is focused on preparing students for the ever changing landscape of teaching and for schools to help foster a deeper awareness of how to examine, understand, and assess a variety of cultural experiences and issues based on gender, race, social class, and geographic locale. The RUC began as an idea to bring rural and urban communities together with one goal in mind: Preparing pre-service teachers to teach anywhere.

“We [RUC], in teacher preparation, have a great opportunity and it behooves us not to misuse that opportunity by filling our programs with experiences that are familiar to teacher candidates – experiences that do not stretch them,” said Beach.

Ohio Dominican hosted members and associates of the Rural Urban Collaborative on October 2, 2009 in the Community Room of Alumni Hall. The group met to begin the effort of placing university students in rural and urban schools in the region.

ODU student Alisha Clemens is looking forward to spending her time on this initiative. “The Rural/Urban Collaborative workshop was very eye opening,” she said. “It allowed me to see both extremes on the spectrum of schooling. Being from a suburban area, I never experienced the urban or the rural aspect, but through this opportunity I will be able to experience that.”

“Just like the urban schools that are depicted on the news, the rural schools also have scarce resources, low income families, and less parental involvement,” she said. “These schools are a mirror image of one another, striving after the same goal: to educate children of all races and ethnicities. I cannot wait to see this first-hand during mid-term break. I hope to learn a lot from this two-day experience.”