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Patton College of Education to host inaugural ED Talks July 14

Presentations allow faculty to share their ‘Big Idea’


The Ohio University Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education will host an ED Talk event from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 14 in Baker University Center 240-242.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by Monday, July 10 at ohio.edu/edtalks to help the organizers plan for food costs.

The event, which will be video recorded and made available online, will feature three presentations by Patton College faculty members followed by an opportunity for a question and answer period and complimentary lunch.

The event is Patton College's version of the popular TED Talks where speakers present "ideas worth sharing." 

According to the TED website, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). It began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.”

The three presenters for the Patton College event are:

  • Tamarine Foreman, assistant professor of counseling and higher education, presenting, “Changing How We Talk about Trauma.”
  • Theda Gibbs, assistant professor of teacher education, presenting, “Training Teachers to Disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline.”
  • Mike Kopish, assistant professor of teacher education, presenting “Democratic Citizenship Education for Teacher Candidates.”

Facilitator Renea Morris, OHIO’s chief marketing officer, said the project is the brainchild of Patton College Dean Dr. Renee Middleton.

“The ED Talks are the first of its kind for the College and I think for the University,” Morris said. “Dr. Middleton created it to encourage faculty in the College of Education to share their expertise to a broader audience, not just to other faculty members.”

Connie Patterson, Patton College assistant dean for academic engagement and outreach, said the college wants its faculty to have a chance to explain what they do to a broader audience.

“The more they can advance their big ideas, the more public buy-in they can get to move their agenda forward,” Patterson said. “It allows the faculty to share their ideas outside of professional journals and get away from the academic jargon.”

Patterson said there is already talk about the Patton College ED Talks idea being adopted by other colleges.

“This could be something that other colleges are interested in doing and I’m sure we will do it again due to the interest we have received already,” Patterson said. “We’re hosting this one as a pilot run and because our college’s motto is ‘called to lead,’ we appreciate being on the forefront of this new and exciting endeavor.”

The event is free and open to the public.