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The Patton College of Education E-news is a weekly newsletter compiled and distributed by the Office of Student Affairs. It contains vital information that every Patton student needs to know. To place announcements in the E-news, email Information received after 5:00 pm on Wednesday will be published the following week.

Download the latest e-News as a PDF: Monday, April 21st, 2014.

Table of Contents

Important Dates
Student Organization News


Important Dates

Spring Semester 2014

April 25, 2014
Last day to withdraw (drop all classes)

April 26, 2014
Last day of classes

April 28 - May 2, 2014
Spring final examinations

May 3, 2014
Spring semester closes


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Equitable School Environment for All Ohio's Children

Your help is needed!

For 163 years, the Ohio Constitution has mandated that the state provide a "thorough and efficient" education system for all Ohio school children.  This was the foundation for the four Supreme Court Rulings that stated emphatically that Ohio's funding system must be fixed to provide for an equitable school environment for ALL Ohio's children.

Chad Readler, Chairman of the Constitutional Modernization Commission wants to delete from the Constitution, the education standard ("thorough and efficient").  According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch included as an attachment and at the link below, Chairman Readler proposes; “the General Assembly only (lawmakers) provide for the organization, administration, and control of the public-school system”. Chairman Readler says—“these decisions should be left to the Governor and the General Assembly”.

Further, Readler says, "If Ohioans don't like the school funding setup, they can always elect new lawmakers and a different governor.

If we don’t want to lose this thorough and efficient standard, do your part and email the commission chairman and co-chairmen with this message telling them that you don’t agree with removing the thorough and efficient standard because…

  • Removing this 163 year old “standard” will lower the “bar” for educational opportunities for all Ohio’s children.
  • Putting Ohio’s schools solely in the hands of politicians  with no standards for “Judicial/Court” oversight is bad public policy.
  • Finally “why wouldn’t we want “thorough and efficient” in our State School operating/funding standards?
  • Add your own reason(s) here
  • Ask several friends to also send an email

If these three people don’t hear from you, they will think you don’t care – email them now:

Chairman Chad Readler:   
Co-Chairman Charleta Tavares:   
Co-Chairman William Batchelder:

HOW YOU CAN HELP: The OU Teach in Ghana students would like you to donate new and gently used books to benefit Ghanaian school children whose schools have outdated books, an inadequate selection of books, or no library at all.  Your donation will encourage literacy and help brighten children's futures.

DROP-OFF LOCATION:  McCracken Hall 124, right outside of the Student Services window.

MOST NEEDED BOOKS:  Science Textbooks, Science Magazines, Juvenile Science Books, Children’s Storybooks, Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction

The Ohio Academy of Science Scholarships

For the past 13 years, The Ohio Academy of Science has awarded merit-based scholarships to students entering their final year of environmental sciences or environmental engineering programs. These scholarships are sponsored by the Ohio Environmental Education Fund of the Ohio EPA to undergraduate students admitted into Ohio state or private colleges. Students enrolled in 2 year programs can apply for $1,250, and students enrolled in 4 year programs are eligible for $2,500.

Since the program began in 2000, $643,700 in scholarships have been awarded statewide to 262 students at 47 Ohio colleges and universities. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books, personal protection equipment, tools, instruments and field equipment but not housing.

We are asking your help to convey this information to students (or whole departments) at your institution that may be eligible for this scholarship. The upcoming deadline for completed applications for the 2014-2015 school year is May 1st.

The application is available online at:

"Braille Boot Camp"

"Braille Boot Camp" Heads to Ohio May 1-3,2014 at National Braille Association’s (NBA) Spring Conference in Independence, Ohio.

NBA is pleased to be offering an intensive three-day, "Braille Boot Camp." The training will cover the basics of braille and is designed for people who currently have little or no knowledge or experience in braille. If you want to attend the entire event, please register as a regular conference attendee and select all of the "Braille Boot Camp" workshops. If you are a parent who is interested in learning more about braille, but are unable to attend the full three days, we are offering the opportunity for you to attend the first day only. Please select "One Day Braille Boot Camp for Parents" when registering.

2014 NBA Spring Professional Development Conference Thursday, May 01, 2014 - Saturday, May 03, 2014


Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside

5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard Independence, Ohio 44131 1-216-986-9900


Conference Pricing Information:

$175.00 per person from March 25, 2014 through April 7, 2014

$200.00 per person from April 8, 2014 through April 18. 2014

$100.00 per person for the optional meal package (includes two luncheons and one dinner)

To register, please visit the Web site:


If you have questions about the training, please contact HTCTU Director and workshop presenter, Gaeir Dietrich at or contact HTCTU Secretary Jasper Haze at 408-996-4636.



Please be advised that ALL methods courses in Middle Childhood as well as AYA methods** will be offered during Fall 2014-15 semester only. **Integrated Language Arts methods will still be offered fall and spring.


Intervention Specialist Methods courses will only be offered spring semester during Block III of the junior year.

The Academic Advising Center McCracken Hall

Come see us for all of your advising needs!
Stop by the lobby window or call to make an appointment.
Monday-Friday     8am-5pm**
McCracken Hall 124
Undergraduate Questions:
Graduate Questions:
**Evening walk-in hours will be available during weeks 2-15 Monday—Thursday

Field Experience Travel

Driver Responsibilities when Traveling to Field Experience and Professional Internship Sites
Often, teacher education candidates must travel by car to their field experience and professional internship school sites. Carpooling is encouraged when appropriate.

Candidates need to be aware of driver responsibilities when traveling to these sites. Specifically, Ohio law requires:

  • The driver to have a valid driver’s license and the driver must be able to show proof of insurance or other financial responsibility coverage.

The Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

The Akron Rotary Camp is currently seeking motivated individuals to be summer camp counselors for children with disabilities. This is a great opportunity to help children with special needs to have a wonderful summer experience. If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Detsch.

J.D. Detsch

Imagination Specialist /Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

4460 Rex Lake Drive / Akron, OH 44319 / 330-644-4512 ext. 3204

The Akron Rotary Camp was founded in 1924 by members of the Rotary Club of Akron and is still their primary service project.  Rotary Camp is operated by the Akron Area YMCA.