Judith Herb College of Education

Dr. Ruslan Slutsky Speaks Out About What Parents Should Know About Their Child’s Education

Dr. Ruslan Slutzky, professor of early childhood education, talks about how taking an active role in a child’s life can motivate them to do better during their education.

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Dr. Revathy Kumar of the JHCOE Named Distinguished University Professor





Dr. Revathy Kumar was recognized with the faculty honor for her exemplary achievements in teaching, research, scholarship and professional service.

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Department of Defense Grants UToledo $11 Million for Rocket Kids Program

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Rocket Kids

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New Book About White Supremacist Violence Aims to Stop Spread of Hate Movement

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, professor of educational psychology and director of the Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide has co-authored a book about the resurgence of white supremacist violence to help stop the spread of the hate movement and domestic terrorism.

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Early Childhood Education Student, Set to Graduate December 17, Fuels Teaching Passion in Korea Work-Study Program

Mitchell Grilliot expected to graduate from UToledo with a degree in engineering.

After three semesters at the College of Engineering, however, Grilliot, a resident of Perrysburg, realized he didn’t enjoy coding at all.


In a quick attempt to find a new career path, he switched into the Judith Herb College of Education, and now he’s set to walk across the stage Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

“It was honestly a shot in the dark,” Grilliot said. “There were many signs in my mind that I should be a teacher, but I didn’t know for sure. I heard students would be put in the classroom really quickly, so I would know pretty soon if teaching wasn’t for me.”

His college experience immediately turned around with the literal course change; Grilliot said he couldn’t get enough of the classroom. It also provided the opportunity for both self-reflection and appreciation of his grandfather and the inspiration he provided.

“I realized his lessons had a silent impact on me as a child and teenager,” Grilliot said. “No matter what conversation we were having, he always ended up giving us something to learn from at the end of it. A lot of these life lessons guided me to be a good person.

“After realizing this in college, it gave me the desire to teach others in the same way.”

Three semesters into his teaching journey, Grilliot stumbled upon a work-study opportunity called the TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) program. Although it has since been shut down, it was created by the Korean Education Department to give students in rural communities in Korea the opportunity to learn English from a native English speaker.

“I began to self-study Korean and I fell in love with it,” Grilliot said. “I looked into the food, culture and way of life there and wanted to experience living there for myself.”

He applied in the fall of 2019 and after a series of interviews, he received a letter of acceptance, put his college experience on hold and moved to Korea for a year and a half.“It was so impactful to my life and my view of the world,” Grilliot said. “I was placed in a city named Buan. The school where I taught at that time had a whopping 30 students across grades 1 through 6. I was given a rural, real experience in Korea and it was fantastic.”

Grilliot said that he learned a great deal about teaching globally and was able to take what he learned into the classroom in Toledo.

“From my field experiences, one thing I have learned is that rapport really matters,” Grilliot said. “Students will always remember a teacher they connected with, and they always learn the most from those teachers.”

Reflecting on his own experiences in elementary school, Grilliot said he wishes to be the role model he wanted growing up.

“When I started studying at the College of Education, I realized I only had a couple of teachers who really stuck with me in elementary school,” he said. “There are a lot of male students who grow up and don’t have this male figure in their daily school lives until middle or even high school.”

Dr. Rhonda Aguiton, an assistant lecturer in the Judith Herb College of Education, said that Grilliot brought enthusiasm and insight to the classroom.

“Mitchell came into my courses with an eye into looking at the education system, not just locally but from a global perspective,” Aguiton said. “His discussions and thoughts were insightful, and his willingness to share his experiences with his classmates were always teachable moments that were inspiring to the students as well as myself.

“I’m excited to see the teacher that he will evolve into as he teaches a variety of international curricula.”

Following graduation, Grilliot is set to move back to Korea, where he will begin a classroom teacher position at a private international school in mid-February.

“I feel like my time there was rather short, especially due to COVID,” Grilliot said. “From January to June 2020 I didn’t see my students at all. I want more of the experience that got cut short.”

Rocket Kids is Here!

GREAT NEWS!  Rocket Kids Youth Services is now funded and awarded.  Dr. Sammy Spann, Vice President for Student Affairs, is the PI for this grant.  The 11.5 million dollar grant was awarded to the University of Toledo and the Judith Herb College of Education.  Every student who participates in this program will receive airfare to Europe, housing, room and board, and be positioned in a Child Development Center or summer camp program with over 60 hours of training and certifications (CPR, First Aid, child development).  Each student will receive a living stipend of about $2800 for a 12-week term.  This program will operate year round and will expose UToledo to students from all over the United States.  See below for more details.

Congratulations to the Winners of the THInC-3M-Research Competition!

“The Judith Herb College of Education wants to congratulate the winners of the second annual THInC-3M-Research Competition, a competition that gives JHCOE students an opportunity to showcase their important research and talents for a chance to win money. Here are the winners of this year’s competition.”

Angelica Johnson, (doctoral student) of Foundations of Education, won first place for her presentation titled, “The Road to a Sense of Belonging for Students of Color at Predominately White Institutions.”

Pierrette Dagg, (doctoral candidate) of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, won second place for her presentation titled, “Components of an Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence in Education.”

YWCA of Northwest Ohio Offering a Variety of Social Justice Webinars

Please join us on Friday, October 28th from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.for a highly important Lunch & Learn Webinar. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the October Lunch & Learn will focus on gun violence as it relates to domestic violence and the intersection of race. The presenters are Rachael Gardner, Director of DVS/RCC at the YWCA, and Marie York, Policy Director for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network.

The Lunch & Learn Webinars focus on health equity and the disparities that exist for people of color and marginalized populations, and they provide the community with information and resources to help.Thank you to our partners Healthy Lucas County and Fostering Healthy Communities,

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iPJfxx4rRo-xoVu4uTwhIw



This book illuminates the myriad dire consequences of “living while Black.”  Winters describes how in every aspect of life–from economics to education, work, criminal justice, and, very importantly, health outcomes–for the most part, the trajectory for Black people is not improving.

Black people are quite literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. Winters writes that “my hope for this book is that it will provide a comprehensive summary of the consequences of Black fatigue, and awaken activism in those who care about equity and justice–those who care that intergenerational fatigue is tearing at the very core of a whole race of people who are simply asking for what they deserve.

The book is a fairly short read (256 pages/5 hours for the audiobook) and is available in all formats at the Toledo Lucas County Library. and on the Hoopla App.

Implicit Bias
This two-hour training introduces the basics of understanding bias:

  • Realizing that all humans possess implicit biases
  • Recognizing how our unconscious, unintentional biases can harm others
  • Learning how implicit bias can lead to discrimination, institutional racism, and systemic racism
  • Exploring strategies to recognize our own implicit biases and prevent manifesting bias in our personal and professional lives

Racial Justice 101
This two-hour training introduces the basics of understanding racism.

  • Understanding the four forms of racism
  • Learning how systemic racism affects racialized groups in all aspects of life including education, health, employment, housing, and environment
  • Exploring strategies to practice anti-racism and allyship

How to Talk to Children About Race
This one-hour training provides adults with tools to help children understand racism and inequity.

  • Learn how children understand differences at a very young age
  • Explore age-appropriate ways to talk about and teach empathy and racial equity
  • Learn about the consequences of not talking to children about race

If you are interested in training for your organization, please contact the Racial Justice Director about training options at: acollins@ywcanwo.org.

Dialogue to Change is a community enrichment program that seeks to create communal programming that efficiently advocates, while simultaneously championing and supporting Whole-Community empowerment and change. Dialogue to Change employs “face-to-face” facilitated conversation between members of two or more social identity groups, in an effort to positively inform, and wholeheartedly impact all groups about amicable cultural etiquette. With a focus on racial communicative etiquette, Dialogue groups give the participants a brave space and freedom to discuss race and cultural differences, and to shed light on their own implicit biases

Dialogue to Change aims to create opportunities for people to come together to listen respectfully to one another, look at different sides of an issue, explore common concerns, come up with practical ways to address racism, and take action.

Learn More:  https://www.ywcanwo.org/what-were-doing/racial-justice/ywca-dialogue-to-change/


Between federal, state, and local elections, there are nearly 7,000 seats up for grabs across the country in this year’s Midterm elections on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.  These elections will set the tone of the nation for years to come.

The YWCA of Northwest Ohio is committed to educating and registering voters to increase voter turnout and civic participation. With your help, we can build political power in our communities and make sure all eligible voters get to the polls. It’s simple; when women vote, we are heard.

BGSU Hosts NW Ohio Teacher Shortage Summit

This fall, five regional convenings across Ohio are being planned to celebrate teaching and to bring stakeholders from the education, community, business and government sectors together to identify collaborative solutions to address the teacher shortage.

In collaboration with educator preparation programs throughout northwest Ohio, Bowling Green State University is pleased to host one of these regional summits and invites you to join us as we address this important issue affecting all our communities.

To register go to:  https://odhe.eventsair.com/odhe-addressing-educator-shortages/registration


Dr. Cecelia Adams Recognized as JHCOE Outstanding Alumni

Dr. Cecelia Adams is recognized as the Judith Herb College of Education Outstanding Alumni for 2022. Dr. Adams is a graduate of Toledo Public Schools, has several degrees from UToledo and has done many things since graduation including teaching, administration, school board, city council among others. Join us this Tuesday, September 27 to hear her reflections on “coming home” to UToledo.

Gillham Hall 4600

5:15pm – 6:30pm ET

5:15-5:30pm     Check-In                                                                   GH4600
5:30-5:35pm     Welcome & Introduction of Dr. Adams
5:35-6:15pm     Dr. Adams presentation
6:15-6:30pm     Reception                                                                GH 3000

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