Ohio University

Early Childhood Partnership

ATHENS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

MORRISON-GORDON ELEMENTARY

What is unique about Morrison Gordon Elementary?

  • Morrison-Gordon serves over 400 students from grades K-6
  • Inclusive classroom experiences
  • Services to students with a wide variety of educational needs including:
  • Experienced staff committed to the success of all learners
  • Early intervention in the area of language and literacy
  • Building classroom community, fostering self-esteem, and promoting a positive learning environment pedagogy
  • The Responsive Classroom Approach is practiced in the K-3 classrooms, creating an atmosphere that encourages both academic and social growth

Opportunities for Candidates

  • Work with Language Tool-Kit, conducting small group reading/writing interventions to those students struggling with early literacy concepts
  • Conduct and analyze a variety of reading assessments in order to gather data for use by classroom teachers
  • Observe, and be mentored by, experienced teachers utilizing Responsive Classroom philosophies
  • Experience assisting with, and creating, a variety of classroom activities/lessons at differing grade levels (K-3)
  • Connect theory learned in OHIO methods classes to a clinical setting

For more information please contact:

Lesley Michigan
Teacher Liaison
lmichigan@athenscsd.org

Dr. Christopher Anderson
Faculty Coordinator
andersec@ohio.edu

EAST-WEST ELEMENTARY

What is unique about East-West Elementary?

  • Currently housing K-5th grade students previously attending East Elementary and West Elementary
  • A chance to interact with the community during extracurricular functions; volunteers from the community compile approximately 4500 volunteer hours per year
  • Inclusive classroom setting with multi-cultural experience
  • Fellowship position available for post graduate degree
  • Utilizes the Responsive Classroom approach to establish classroom community as well as motivate students to be an active partner in their learning
  • Known as an international school offering English as a Second Language for students representing 31 countries and speaking 17 languages
  • Teachers utilize the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Units of Study, and Number Talks and cognitively guided instructional methods to encourage students to discuss their thinking and understanding of mathematics
  • Teachers recognize the need to assess and identify students in need of early intervention in language and literacy skills, allowing children to receive individualized intervention at the beginning of their educational experiences.

Opportunities for Candidates

  • Observe experienced teachers and have opportunities to reflect, ask questions and make observations about what they notice
  • Work with Orton-Gillingham phonics' program to assist at-risk students with reading difficulties
  • Conduct and analyze a variety of reading assessments in order to gather data for use by classroom teachers
  • Observe, and be mentored by, experienced teachers utilizing Responsive Classroom philosophies
  • Experience assisting with and creating a variety of classroom activities/lessons at differing grade levels (K-3)
  • Connect theory learned in OHIO methods classes to a clinical setting
  • Plan and gain practice in teaching both small and whole group lessons that support integrated content area learning, and receive feedback on teaching
  • Together with classroom teachers, candidates plan and implement intervention designed to help children achieve grade level expectations in reading and mathematics
  • Work individually or with small groups on specific strategies and skills to support literacy development
  • Use a variety of assessment instruments to gather data on student learning

For more information please contact:

Stephanie More
Teacher Liaison
smore@athenscsd.org

Lindsey West
Teacher Liaison
lwest@athenscsd.org

Dr. Sara Helfrich
Faculty Coordinator
helfrich@ohio.edu

THE PLAINS ELEMENTARY

Cohort groups of Early Childhood Education Majors spend a year with a team of professors and elementary faculty studying an integrated curriculum and gaining intensive classroom experience.

What is unique about The Plains Elementary?

  • Partnership with Ohio University began in 1991
  • Received BEST Practices award in 1996
  • Self-renewing, supportive, cooperative learning environment
  • K-6 school
  • A variety of intervention approaches implemented depending on each group's need

Opportunities for Candidates

  • Family Nights each semester that are planned and implemented by teacher candidates
  • Candidates all assist in an annual dinner theater

Contact Information

Liz Hoisington
Teacher Liaison
lhoisington@athenscsd.org

Dr. Sara Hartman
Faculty Coordinator
hartmans@ohio.edu

NELSONVILLE YORK CITY SCHOOLS

NELSONVILLE-YORK ELEMENTARY

What is Unique about Nelsonville-York Elementary?

  • Located in the beautiful rolling hill country of Ohio, Nelsonville-York Elementary is part of one central campus
  • The Elementary School serves 700 students in prekindergarten through grade 6
  • Working in teams there are 5 sections of grades K, 1, 2 and 3. Students are grouped heterogeneous and inclusively
  • Special programming includes keyboarding, art, music, physical education, library, intervention services, special needs, literacy coaching, counseling and family outreach
  • Caring, understanding, passionate teachers and staff work with candidates in a learning community focused on a common goal: SUCCESS FOR ALL STUDENTS

Candidate Opportunities

  • Mentoring and co-teaching with highly skilled teachers using research based strategies including Orton-Gillingham and Wilson approaches in literacy
  • Working with students at all academic levels in small groups, whole groups and individually
  • Mathematics focus with candidates implementing number talks within each classroom
  • Collaboration with the community in special events, field trips, holiday celebrations, Family Math-Literacy night and STEM activities
  • Use of technology in each classroom with Smart Boards, document cameras, projectors, iPads and chrome books
  • Participating in teacher based team meetings, working in grade level teams and applying data based instructional decisions to meet the needs of all learners, academically and emotionally

Contact Information

Susan Payne
OU Faculty in Residence
payne@ohio.edu

FEDERAL HOCKING SCHOOL DISTRICT

AMESVILLE ELEMENTARY

Amesville Elementary Amesville Elementary School is one of the Elementary Schools in the Federal Hocking Local School District. Amesville is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Athens County in the Village of Amesville Ohio.

Federal Hocking Local School District's Mission The Federal Hocking School District uses a progressive approach to help all young people become productive and engaged citizens. Our graduates will be creative thinkers and problem solvers, able to make positive choices about their careers, education, and community.

What is unique about Amesville Elementary?

  • Amesville serves over 320 students from grades Preschool-6
  • Inclusive classroom experiences
  • Experienced staff committed to the success of all learners
  • Early intervention in the area of language and literacy
  • Building classroom community, fostering self-esteem, and promoting a positive learning environment pedagogy
  • The Responsive Classroom Approach is practiced in the K-3 classrooms, creating an atmosphere that encourages both academic and social growth

Opportunities for Candidates

  • Work with Fountas and Pinnell's Leveled Literacy Intervention Program (LLI), conducting small group reading/writing interventions to those students struggling with early literacy concepts
  • Conduct and analyze a variety of reading assessments in order to gather data for use by classroom teachers
  • Observe, and be mentored by, experienced teachers utilizing Responsive Classroom philosophies
  • Experience assisting with, and creating, a variety of classroom activities/lessons at differing grade levels (K-3)
  • Connect theory learned in OHIO methods classes to a clinical setting

Contact Information

Molly Mason-Hurst
Teacher Liaison
mmason@fhlancers.com

Dr. Theda Gibbs Grey
Faculty Coordinator
gibbst1@ohio.edu