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UT Alumna Ms. Al-Hayani Named Ohio Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release
Sept. 26, 2018

Toledo Public Schools’ Mona Al-Hayani Named
2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year

Her passion to nurture and expand the minds and hearts of students helped Mona Al-Hayani become a standout teacher at Toledo Early College High School — and now, she’s earned the title of Ohio’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. In an assembly today, State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced the award and surprised Toledo Early College High School students and staff.

“Mona challenges, prepares and empowers her students to become engaged and active members of society — and our cities, our state and our nation are better for it,” said Superintendent DeMaria. “I love the Ohio Teacher of the Year program because it recognizes exceptional teachers like Mona and emphasizes that Ohio is lucky to have so many talented individuals who work hard each day to support our students in their acquisition of knowledge and skills.”

Known by her students as “Ms. Al,” Al-Hayani not only teaches history, but she also advises the National Honor Society and Young Women for Change, a student-led group at her school. A two-time U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays awardee, Al-Hayani traveled around the globe as a teacher leader and researcher.

As the daughter of parents from Iraq and Lebanon, Al-Hayani believes that being an active participant in the democratic process is a responsibility; one that ensures equal rights and an informed citizenry.

Dr. Romules Durant, Superintendent for Toledo Public  Schools respects the work that Ms. Al-Hayani has done to educate teachers about human trafficking. “Her training focuses on teaching school practitioners about human trafficking, while the curriculum focuses on the risk factors and teaches youth about human trafficking awareness, social media safety and positive body and mental image,” Durant explained. “Ms. Al-Hayani has trained more than 10,000 individuals on this important topic – a topic that is very relevant in today’s world. She is to be commended for her dedication,” Durant said.

In August, Al-Hayani received the State Board District 2 Teacher of the Year award. She will represent Ohio in the 2019 National Teacher of the Year selection sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

A native of Toledo, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in secondary education (and teaching license) from the University of Toledo. She also earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.

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Editor’s Note: A photo of Al-Hayani can be downloaded here. More information about the Ohio Teacher of the Year program can be found by clicking here.

About the Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and child care programs, and private schools. The Department’s tasks include administering the school funding system, collecting school fiscal and performance data, developing academic standards and model curricula, administering the state achievement tests, issuing district and school report cards, administering Ohio’s voucher programs, providing professional development, and licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel. The Department is governed by the State Board of Education with administration of the Department the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction.

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JHCOE TO DEDICATE NEW RESEARCH CENTER

The Judith Herb College of Education will dedicate a new center Thursday, Oct. 4.

The mission of the Herb Innovation Center is to evaluate and inspire peer-reviewed research in the college to improve and advance education and endow a great society.

UT alumna and benefactor Judith Herb will be at the ceremony.

“We are excited to unveil this new center that will empower faculty and students to conduct research with the ultimate goal of improving learning,” said Dr. Raymond Witte, dean of the Judith Herb College of Education. “We are grateful to Judith Herb for her generosity and dedication to her alma mater, and for her belief in the power of education.”

In 2006, Judith and Marvin Herb, and their sons, Thomas and Jon, contributed $15 million to fund numerous scholarships as well as educational assessment support and research initiatives in the College of Education. The Herbs designated $8 million of the gift for the Herb Scholars Fund, with another $4.25 million going to support the Herb Research Initiatives Fund, which bonded together researchers with a common interest in learning. The remaining $2.75 million funded the creation of a faculty development and electronic assessment support system fund. Additionally, to recognize the single largest donation in school history, the college was renamed in honor of Judith Herb.

The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in Gillham Hall third floor lobby. A short ceremony is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. with an open house to follow.

RSVPs are requested by Friday, Sept. 28; go to utoledo.edu/education/dedication.

By UT News Staff

UT PEACE EDUCATION SCHOLAR WINS FULBRIGHT GRANT TO COLOMBIA

UT PEACE EDUCATION SCHOLAR WINS FULBRIGHT GRANT TO COLOMBIA

By Christine Billau : Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

A peace education scholar at The University of Toledo is heading to Latin America to support the society-wide effort to realize a 2016 peace deal that ended a 52-year civil war in Colombia between the government and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, or FARC, among other militants.

Dr. Dale Snauwaert, professor of educational theory and peace studies in the UT Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Award and is spending Sept. 4-18 at the Institute for Bioethics at the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana in Bogota to study and give lectures and workshops on moral theory, environmental ethics and peace education.

“It will take a generation or two to socially, economically and politically integrate generations of ex-militants into Colombian society,” Snauwaert said. “One of the keys to the success of the peace process, therefore, is peace education.”

The lectures and discussion forums are open to the public, including faculty and students at Pontifica Universidad Javeriana and government officials.

“At this critical stage in the Colombian peace process, an understanding of the philosophy and practice of justice and peace building among the citizenry is essential for its success,” Snauwaert said. “The project will open the institution to an ongoing dialogue regarding peace and justice as well as the recognition of the inclusion of peace and justice studies as a civic responsibility of the university.”

“This is an outstanding award, and Dale is certainly worthy of it. His work in peace education is well-known and respected,” Dr. Raymond Witte, dean of the UT Judith Herb College of Education, said. “A Fulbright recognition is at the highest level, and this speaks directly to the quality of Dale’s work as well as the support from the Judith Herb College of Education and the University at large.”

Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field of study and a learning process designed to develop the capacity of democratic citizens to critically understand and transform all forms of violence and the patterns of thought that justify them, and to envision and pursue a just and peaceful world.

“The primary elements of peace studies focus on the causes that give rise to and sustain violence, approaches to resolving violent conflict, and the articulation and defense of ethical and political principles and values that define the normative conditions of peace, including theories of justice, both ideal and non-ideal,” Snauwaert said.

UT offers an undergraduate minor in peace and justice studies and oversees the Betty A. Reardon Archives, which is housed in the University’s Canaday Center for Special Collections. The collection consists of Reardon’s extensive publications, unpublished manuscripts, curriculum, reports, scholarly presentations, and correspondence from the 1960s to the present about peace studies. The archives of the world-renowned champion of peace education and 2013 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize have been in the Canaday Center since 2009.


Finger Print Day – Aug 28, 2018

Complete your background check
in Gillham Hall

ONE DAY ONLY!

As a convenience for our students, FastFingerprintswill be at the Judith Herb College of Education to process background checks on August 28, 2018

A current background checkis required to be on file before any field experience begins.  This is a great opportunity to get your background check completed without having to go to the UT Police or off-campus.

Background checks are requiredfor students who are:

  • taking EDU 1700 Intro to Education
  • taking CIEC 4340 Infant & Toddler
  • completing any professional education-level method/practicum experience

Tuesday August 28, 2018

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
Student Services – 3100 Gillham Hall

Appointment required. Click Here. 

Registration Form: University of Toledo – Judith Herb Collge of Education

(bring the completed registration form with you to your scheduled appointment)

Cost:  $70 for BCI & FBI background check

Payable: cash, check, or credit card

Individual student responsible for payment


Teachers’ Garage Sale – 2018

Sponsor: The Judith Herb College of Education Alumni Affiliate

Join local teachers for a Teacher’s Garage Sale on Saturday, Sept. 29. Donate the classroom supplies that you no longer need and shop the garage sale for new supplies for the school year. The garage sale will be held in the Driscoll Alumni Center Bryan Board Room at The University of Toledo from 9-3 p.m.

The money raised during the one-day garage sale will support the First Year Teacher Fund. The First Year Teacher Fund benefits a senior pursuing a degree in education at the Judith Herb College of Education at the University of Toledo. The Judith Herb College of Education Alumni Affiliate will be collecting donations in Suite 2001G of the Driscoll Alumni Center. If you have donations for the school supplies collection or scholarship fund, or would like more information, please email Samantha at samantha.marchal@utoledo.edu

 

Teachers’ Garage Sale

Saturday Spec 29, 2018

9-3 p.m.

Driscoll Alumni Center Bryan Board Room

The University of Toledo


FREE Poster: Teachers Matter

TEACHERS MATTER

Most of us have had at least one amazing teacher who inspired, influenced, or encouraged us to do better, aim higher, or just be more confident.

Help us promote teaching and a diverse educator workforce…..get a free poster today!

To receive your poster*, send your name and address to Richard.Welsch@utoledo.edu

 

Providing high quality teachers in all classrooms is an effort backed by research and results. Likewise, national research has shown that a students’ race, ethnicity and cultural background significantly influence their achievement, and that kids are better equipped to succeed in an increasingly diverse society when they’re taught by teachers from a variety of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities.

(*Offer available through June 22, 2018)


Graduate Assistant Opportunities

The College of Education and The College of Engineering

The University of Toledo

Dr. Charlene M. Czerniak

 

The University of Toledo is seeking a full time doctoral student from the College of Education and/or the College of Engineering to work on educational programming and research within the National Science Foundation-funded program called NURTURES. The position will be available beginning in the Summer semester of 2018.

 

NURTURES focuses on early childhood science, mathematics and literacy within the context of science teaching. This Discovery Research Prek-12 (DRK-12) grant has funding through Summer 2020 to cover full time graduate assistantships for both the academic year and summers. Summers are required for anyone accepting the assistantship.

 

Doctoral students will be required to participate in both the educational programming (e.g., teaching in the summer institute, coaching teachers, running professional learning communities, and observing / evaluating teachers’ performance in teaching science) and research components of this program (e.g., research on teaching, learning, and family engagement in science; predominately quantitative but may include some qualitative work). Money may be available for travel to conferences when presenting research studies related to project-supported activities. The assistantship covers full time tuition and the college-specific standard stipend for the academic year and summer. Assistantships are awarded contractually for fall, spring and summer separately; renewal is contingent upon availability of funding and student performance on the project.

 

Preference will be given to doctoral students who are in science education, early childhood education, literacy, and engineering. Students in mathematics or technology education or other teacher education backgrounds will also be considered. Masters level students who are attending UT full time all semesters will be considered. Preference will also be given to students who have either attended or worked at our partnering school districts: Airport Community Schools, Elmwood Local Schools, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, Genoa Area Local Schools, Ida Public Schools, Monroe County Intermediate School District, Monroe Public Schools, Otsego Local Schools, Pettisville Schools, Seneca East Local Schools, Tiffin City Schools, Washington Local Schools and WSOS Community Action Schools.

 

For more information about the doctoral degree programs offered within the College of Education or the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo, please visit the links below:

College of Education: http://www.utoledo.edu/education/programs/index.html

College of Engineering: http://www.utoledo.edu/engineering/

 

For more information about NURTURES, please visit our website at www.nurtures.utoledo.edu.

 

If you are interested in applying for these graduate assistant opportunities, please send your CV and letter of interest to Grant Wilson at grant.wilson@utoledo.edu.


STEM is Elementary Workshop

The Judith Herb College of Education Technology Committee is hosting a Professional Development opportunity for students, faculty and staff.  Bob Claymier from STEM is Elementary will be on-campus Friday, April 27 for a workshop on STEM learning which will consist of presentation, hands-on activities, exploration of resources and a discussion on integrating STEM into curriculum.  The workshop will be held in Gillham Hall 5300 from 1:00 – 3:00 and all are welcome.  Click below to find the flyer:

STEM is Elementary

rsvp by emailing joshua.spieles@utoledo.edu


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.