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Kevin Gannon on Cultivating Communities of Hope

Dr. Kevin Gannon, the author of the viral blog post and subsequent book, Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, gave a series of two workshops on themes very relevant to our campus efforts to improve teaching and learning and support the student experience.

This session explores the ways in which we can make the learning environments we create more transparent, and thus more equitable and successful as well. By examining research on student belonging and transparent teaching methods, we’ll consider strategies that we can easily implement into our teaching to help our students see explicitly what is all too often only hinted at implicitly. We’ll also ask ourselves how these transparent methods might inform the larger culture and practices at our institution, and what the implications are for equity and student success.

This session explores what it means to do the work of teaching and learning from a place of hope, even and especially in the difficult times in which we find ourselves. What does it mean to embody a pedagogy of hope in conditions that have made our work–and the work of our students–so difficult? How do we avoid cynicism and detachment without weakening our opposition to the things that are negatively affecting us and our institutions? In short–what gives meaning to our work of teaching and learning? A Pedagogy of Hope, based in practice instead of empty slogans, offers a compelling way forward for those of us committed to higher education as we know it can be at its best.



JHCOE doctoral student wins the BG Best Award

Terence Armentano, a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Technology program, won the BG Best Award for his work with students and faculty transitioning to emergency remote teaching (ERT) during the  COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Armentano is the assistant director for Online and Summer Academic Programs at Bowling Green State University.  For the full story please follow the link below.


Workshop on Preventing and Responding to an Active Threat

Join us Friday February 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for a workshop on Campus Readiness:  Preventing and Responding to an Active Threat.  Learn how we might prevent future active threat incidents by supporting and debriefing the community following an attack.  This session will include:

  • Best practices in behavioral threat detection, assessment and case management.
  • ALICE training
  • Tourniquet and wound-packing scenarios

Date:  Friday, February 22, 2019
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location:  Health and Human Service Building Room 1711 B&C

To Register:  https://utoledo.edu/hhs/schools/population-health/campus-readiness


Campus Readiness Flier


Interested in an Educational and Cultural Experience in China?

Join us for the International Leadership in Education, Assessment, and Pedagogy

May 16-27, 2019

Are you…

  • in good academic standing, preferably in Education?
  • interested in adding a global and inter-cultural perspective to your UT experience?
  • able to travel outside the United States to China?
  • interested in learning about Chinese schools?
  • Interested in collaborating with Chinese college students?
  • interested in experiencing Chinese culture?
  • preferably between 20 and 30 years old?

If you said yes to all the above, then you may be eligible for a short-term educational and cultural experience in Beijing & Qinhuangdao, China!


How long is the trip?

  • between 12 to 13 days including travel days

Ok.., so how much will it cost?

  • between $1600 — $2000 (estimated)

(includes roundtrip flight Detroit to Beijing, Passport, Visa, and Chinese Culture classes at UT).

But what about my expenses in China?

  • All costs in China (room, board, transfers, excursions) are covered through generous support from the UT Confucius Institute.

I am interested! What do I do next?

  • Scan the QR Code or go to the link below and register NO LATER THAN Friday, February 1st.

The first information session will be held in 2/15/2019 (time and location will be announced)






JHCOE Professors To Be Part of Leadership Institute

Congratulations to Dr. Lynne Hamer from Educational Foundations and Leadership, Dr. Lisa Kovach from Educational Foundations and Leadership, and Dr. Rebecca Schneider from Curriculum and Instruction for their participation in the UT Leadership Institute for the 2018-2019 class.  The program, launched by President Sharon Gabor and Provost Andrew Hsu in 2016, is to provide professional development to help prepare future academic leaders.  Drs. Hamer and Schneider are members of the third cohort of 22 faculty members chosen.

Susan Parks Recognized for Work at Old Orchard

Susan Parks and her students have been recognized by Valerie Dreier, Principal of Old Orchard Elementary School, for their important literacy work and help with the 3rdGrade Reading Guarantee. Each student works one-on-one with a student on their reading proficiency. Considerable reading gains have been demonstrated with the students along with improvements in their academic confidence and general self-esteem. Congratulations to Susan and her students on this important academic work!

Student Volunteer Opportunity

The Art Education Department is looking for student volunteers to create small art projects with children at UT Women’s Basketball Education Day.  If interested, please contact Dr. Jason Cox at jason.cox2@utoledo.edu.

Art Education Student Volunteers Wanted

Special Homecoming

Judith Herb, center, returned to her alma mater to dedicate the Herb Innovation Center in the Judith Herb College of Education. She is pictured here with UT President Sharon L. Gaber and Dr. Raymond Witte, dean of the Judith Herb College of Education. Located on the third floor of Gillham Hall, the center’s mission is to evaluate and inspire peer-reviewed research in the college to improve and advance education and endow a great society.

JHCOE Faculty Visit China

Welcome at Tonghua Exerimental School

Welcome at Tonghua Exerimental School


Drs. Marcella Kehus (JHCOE, C&I) and Noela Haughton (JHCOE, EDFL) visited Tonghua Experimental School in Jilin Province, China.  The school is operated in collaboration with North East Normal University and the invitation to visit was extended by Principal Junfeng Ju. Drs. Kehus and Haughton were also given 3-year appointments as development counselors for the school (akin to advisory board memberships).  They hope to include Tonghua Experimental School as one of the sites for the next International Leadership in Education Assessment and Pedagogy Practicum (I_LEAP) in Summer 2019.

Herb Innovation Center Dedicated

Dean Ray Witte, President Sharon Gaber, Judy Herb, Provost Andrew Hsu

The Judith Herb College of Education dedicated the Herb Innovation Center last week. Attending the Oct. 4 event were, from left, Dr. Raymond Witte, dean of the Judith Herb College of Education; UT President Sharon L. Gaber; Judith Herb, UT alumna and benefactor; and Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Located on the third floor of Gillham Hall, the center’s mission is to evaluate and inspire peer-reviewed research in the college to improve and advance education and endow a great society. “We are grateful to Judith Herb for her generosity and dedication to her alma mater, and for her belief in the power of education,” Witte said.

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