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Learning by Doing & Pouring

Learning by Doing & Pouring

The basement of the Juvenile Justice Center served as an art studio for University of Toledo students enrolled in the AED 4300 Media and Methods in Therapeutic Art course, on Monday, April 2.

Instructor Renée Obrock had her students convene at the Juvenile Court, meeting up with court-involved youth and Probation staff Tim Bauerschmidt, Bill Weis, Lisa Demko, Kristen McClain, Angie Morgan, Elizabeth Sepeda, Kineka Wallace, and Ed Cox, and East Toledo Family Center staff, Makayla King, Onna Moore, and two interns.


The group activity involved a combination paint and resin pour on top of wood plaques. Over 60 wood plaques were prepared for the two different art sessions. The work space was broken up into stations for each of the precise steps involved: from mixing the paint, combining the components for the resin, to selecting paint colors and creating.

The UT students, whose majors ranged from Psychology to Disability Studies to Education to Women & Gender Studies worked alongside youth and staff. One of the youth’s family members assisted in organizing the plaques in neat rows to dry.

Ms. Obrock, who has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and a Masters of Art Education, said class, “Media and Methods in Therapeutic Art,” hadn’t met the minimum number of registrants in a while, so she created a flier to drum up participation. The flier, circulated beyond the Art Education department to the Psychology department, helped promote the class beyond the usual majors. In short order the class filled, resulting in an opportunity for expanding the teaching of therapeutic art to non-art majors. She first became aware of the Juvenile Court’s Positive Youth Justice focus in probation through Joe Szafarowicz.

While waiting, the UT students shared the stories of the paths that brought them to this particular class and inspired their career choice. One of the students shared that while on a mission trip to Central America a language barrier was easily hurdled by “communicating through doing,”

(reprinted from JJC News, April 16, 2018, vol 15, issue 8)

Kappa Delta Pi Initiation

23 new members join UT’s Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi


On the evening of April 4, 2018, the initiation ceremony for the Judith Herb College of Education’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi officially welcomed 23 new members.

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education and has been active at UT since 1932.  An individual becomes a member of KDP by invitation. Students are tapped based upon high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the field of Education.

KDP advisors, Drs. Judy Lambert and Susanna Hapgood, conducted the initiation, along with  Reatha Harrison (chapter president) and Rebecca Krasniewski (secretary/treasurer).

Congratulations to new KDP members: Sara Alnufaishan, Michelle Arbogast, Brandi Barton, Rana Daniels, Ashley Dauer, Caravan Decks, Anna Dobberstein, Amy Fiel, Breana Finch, Sam Hutchinson, Nicole Knott, Erica Loroff, John Magill, Trent McHugh, Robyn Miller, Amber Monroe, Heather Nash, Alaa Nyazi, Alison Price, Sydney Sherman, Hanna Toth, Shunda Ware, and Megan Zech.

Additional information about Kappa Delta Pi can be found at this link.


Women & Philanthropy and the Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo are donating approximately 1,000 books to Toledo Public Schools.

The books will be distributed to 33 second-grade classrooms at 19 TPS schools.

“Second grade is a critical year for learning to read,” said Dr. Thea Sawicki, chair of the Holiday Project for Women & Philanthropy and professor in the UT Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. “Choosing one grade to focus on allows us to support more schools.”

As part of its 2017 Holiday Project titled “Encouraging Early Literacy,” Women & Philanthropy partnered with the UT Judith Herb College of Education to raise funds to provide scholastic books for elementary classrooms in TPS schools. Women & Philanthropy will continue to raise funds throughout 2018 with the goal of donating books to all second-grade classrooms in each of the 40 TPS schools this year.

“Our faculty is deeply committed to working collaboratively with our school partners to improve early literacy,” said Dr. Virginia Keil, interim dean of the UT Judith Herb College of Education. “Our partnership with Woman & Philanthropy has allowed the college to work with TPS leaders to place high-interest books in second-grade classrooms. We hope that making books readily accessible to students will encourage reading and ultimately help to improve academic achievement.”

“We are incredibly grateful that the UT Judith Herb College of Education and Women & Philanthropy have chosen to support classrooms throughout TPS schools, including Old Orchard, which is right in the neighborhood of the University,” Durant said. “As a College of Education graduate, I’m especially proud of this partnership to serve our students.”

US News 2018 – Increasing Rank

RISING IN RANK, again!  

The 2018 Best Online Education Programs rankings were just released from the U.S. News & World Reports.  The Master’s level online programs in the Judith Herb College of Education earned a rank of #107 (out of 219).  This ranking is an increase of two places since the previous year, and 29 places since 2016.

Our ability to rise in rank exemplifies our commitment to continuous improvements. U.S. News ranks schools based on five categories: Student engagement, student services and technology, admission selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. The Collage has online Master’s guess programs in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Educational Technology, and Higher Education.

Join The International Educational Assessment and Leadership Practicum China

JHCOE Learning Experience

  • Are you interested in adding a global and inter-cultural perspective to your Education coursework?
  • Are you an Education student in good academic standing?
  • Are you able to travel outside the United States to China?
  • Are you interested in learning about Chinese schools first hand?
  • Are you interested in experiencing Chinese culture first hand? Are you over 20 and under 30 years old?

If you said yes to all the above, then you may be eligible for a once in a lifetime Education- focused opportunity in Qinhuangdoa & Beijing China!

What will it cost? estimated total between $1500 — $2000 (includes roundtrip flight Detroit to Bejing, Passport, Visa, and Chinese Culture Class at UT).

All costs in China (room, board, transfer, excursions) are covered through generous support of the Confucious Institute.

If you are interested in this once in a lifetime experience, register at https://goo.gl/forms/EoapqiXG5W15Apsu1 NO LATER THAN Friday, February 2nd or email analese.alvarez@rockets.utoledo.edu with questions.

Limited seats available!


Herb Scholars – new awards for 2018

Announcing the next cohort of Herb Scholars!

Congratulations to the following students who have just been identified as Herb Scholars. They will be entering freshman in Fall 2018.

Jannet Frias   

Immokalee High School

Immokalee, Florida

Haden Hiser

Canal Winchester High School

Canal Winchester, OH

Lauren Corie

Dundee High School

Dundee, MI

Cameo Wilson

Russia High School

Russia, OH

The University of Toledo Herb Scholars Program, the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the Judith Herb College of Education, honors Judith Herb and her family. The Herb family and The University of Toledo recognize, encourage and support teachers of the future as they make their way into classrooms that will generate the leaders of tomorrow. Herb Scholars throughout their academic experience will be invited to participate in activities that will deepen their leadership skills and offer opportunities for undergraduate research in areas of education.

The Herb Scholars Program is valued at full-time, in-state undergraduate tuition and general fees (up to 18 hours per semester), room and board for up to eight semesters of undergraduate enrollment. The scholarship is renewable, subject to scholarship policies and requirements and continued progress in an education major. The projected value of this scholarship is $82,000.


We are looking to increase our pool of supervisors for our teacher candidates. Do you know someone who could be a good mentor for young teachers?
Supervisors play an important role in the development of the next generation of educators. By making classroom visits to observe student teachers, supervisors have a great opportunity to support, guide, and assist future teachers.


  • Minimum three years teaching experience
  • Master’s degree in field
  • Minimum technology skills

Benefits of being a supervisor:

  • Staying connected to the field of education
  • Flexible schedule
  • Stipend and milage reimbursement

For additional information, contact
Kelsy Krise, Coordinator of Student Field Experiences

Raffle Winners

and the winners are……

Congratulation to the following students who were randomly selected in the Homecoming Raffle:

Taylor M – Early Childhood Education

Amber C  – Early Childhood Education

Jessica S    – PhD Educational Sociology

Morgan C – Early Childhood Education

Yaohua H – LAMP Adolescent Young Adult

Debora B – PhD Curriculum Instruction

Amanda S – Middle Childhood Education

Ashley A    – Higher Education

Connor R – Intervention Specialist

Crystal F – Adolescent Young Adult

Each student received a Judith Herb College of Education beach towel in honor of the homecoming theme “Aloha Rockets”.  Thanks to all the students who submitted entries!



Launch into Literacy: Seven Years of Partnerships

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Educational partnerships between the Judith Herb College of Education and local school districts have provided quality preparation for our preservice teachers and improved public school student achievement for at-risk learners. Since 2010, seven university-school partnerships in three local school districts were developed. This has provided a win–win scenario for multiple constituents in ways that have exceeded expectations.


The Launch into Literacy with the UT Rockets program was created to increase the effectiveness of teacher candidates’ professional preparation while engaging in mutually beneficial partnerships with area schools. This program has provided the venue for teacher candidates to apply the required work in the course, Literacy Assessment and Remediation. The literacy class that previously met on-campus transformed into an on-site laboratory.

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Over 600 teacher candidates and 600 at-risk readers have benefitted from this work. The demand exceeds the supply as the university reaches out to the community. As professors, principals and classroom teachers pool efforts and work together toward common goals and priorities: implement what works and close the achievement gap. Having a shared vision, creating a viable communication system with partners and devising formative and quantitative assessments to measure achievement has been fundamental to sustain our partnerships.


In spring 2015, we serviced 54 students who were at-risk of failing third grade. The Ohio State tests revealed that 76.4% met the standards for the Third Grade Guarantee and moved to fourth grade. More recently, in Fall 2016- Spring 2017, we serviced 45 at-risk readers in third grade and 88% were promoted to fourth grade.


The very essence of the program has been to create an authentic experiential learning environment where preservice teachers link theory and research taught in the university classroom with practice in the local schools. We strive to optimize learning by teaching the course on site, delivering hands-on training and providing immediate feedback to preservice teachers.   Teacher candidates work with an at-risk reader for the semester. As part of the coursework, students learn how to conduct assessments, interpret data and determine appropriate instructional approaches based on assessment information.  Teacher candidates learn invaluable skills as struggling readers receive customized, one-on-one tutoring at no cost to parents.

Our preservice teachers have had substantial results with most at-risk readers increasing a grade level in their performance. Research is clear that our partnerships have proven to be invaluable for our teacher candidates and for students in our local schools.



open information sessions



Undergraduate students in the Judith Herb College of Education who have NOT yet been admitted to professional education level


We want to share the UPDATED criteria and requirements, and answer any questions you may have


Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017,  4:30 pm,  Gillham Hall room 4600     


Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 4:30 pm,  Gillham Hall room 4700      


Hope to see you there…