Shawnee State University’s Education Department awarded funding

Two projects involving Shawnee State University’s Education Department faculty members have been awarded funding from the 2015-16 Regional Research Grant by the Patton College of Education (PCEO) and the Southeast Ohio Teacher Development Collaborative (SEOTDC).

The SEOTDC Clinical Model Research Grant provides $150,000 a year for three years to support faculty research that examines the impact of the clinical model on the improvement of learning in P-12 schools. Each grant submission had to focus on the impact on P-12 learning and had to include faculty from Ohio University, a faculty from at least one SEOTDC partner institution and at least one school.

The SEOTDC is a voluntary membership organization of public and private colleges and universities in southeast Ohio that prepare educators, including SSU, Ohio University, University of Rio Grande, Marietta College and Muskingum University. It is the only collaborative of its kind and strives to work collaboratively to support the recruitment, retention and development of teachers, thereby promoting high-quality education for all students.

“As a member Dean of the SEOTDC, I am very pleased that two projects including SSU Education faculty members were chosen to be funded by the SEOTDC Clinical Model Research Grants. I look forward to not only the impact these programs will have in the partner schools, but also the impact the research will have on educator preparation,” said Paul Madden, Ph.D. Dean of College of Professional Studies at SSU. “With so many deserving proposals submitted for funding, it was quite competitive and am proud of our faculty members, Loretta Harvey and Doug Sturgeon.”

Harvey is the STEMM Coordinator at SSU and a member of the research team focusing on, “Clinical Supervision, Teacher Development, and P-12 Student Learning.” Their project revolves around the third point of teacher impact, novice, apprentice and professional classroom teacher’s development and support. Over the next three years, the SSU Department of Education will be partnering with Ohio University Patton College of Education to develop teacher candidates, support clinical faculty and promote P-12 student learning. They will be designing, developing, and implementing long-term, content-specific, cyclical model of clinical supervision in middle childhood, high school math and science classrooms. The project will target content-specific teaching skills and practices (academic language functions, discourse, syntax, learning environment, learning tasks, etc.) and associated P-12 student learning outcomes or products.

Sturgeon is an Associate Professor of the DTE and involved in a project titled, “Project TEACH Distance.” Project TEACH Distance builds upon two grants funded by the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children to develop online distance licensure programs for students with disabilities by developing strong partnerships with local education agencies across Ohio. They are aiming to enhance teacher candidates’ use of high leverage practices and thereby the learning of students with disabilities from infancy through 12th grade. University faculty will use eCoaching to enhance candidates’ use of HLPs with students and then we will determine the impact of the online distance licensure programs based on student outcomes by assessing students’ time-on-task and progress on their individualized program outcomes.

The DTE at SSU is nationally accredited and offers teaching licensure programs in Early Childhood (Grades PK-3), Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9), Young Adolescent to Young Adults (Grades 7-12), Intervention Specialist (PK-12) and Visual Arts Education (K-12).