Library Director Judy Carey Nevin was selected by The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2016. Only 30 Participants were chosen based on their outstanding leadership potential; excellent communication skills; successful library employment experience; initiative, commitment and reasonable risk taking; forward-thinking approach to problem solving, and; a commitment to the profession.
Education faculty Terri Green, Paul Young, PhD and Debra Dunning, PhD recently had an article published in the Principal Navigator, the magazine of the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators. The article “Grit To Teach” discussed the need to harden aspiring teachers’ soft skills. Soft skills, also known as life skills, dispositions, or non-cognitive skills, include self-control, persistence, social awareness, relationship development, and passion for long term goals. The article summarized a survey, administered by OAESA, which collected qualitative and quantitative responses to seventeen questions. The questions probed a variety of factors to determine what most influenced principals’ perceptions about attitude, mindset, initiative, perseverance, social-emotional well-being, communication skills, and attendance compared to GPA, test scores, portfolio, and traditional references. When principals were asked to summarize in one word what they most looked for in new teachers the answer was PASSION. Dunning, Green, and Young have created a weekly Lunch and Learn Seminar Series called “So You Think You Can Teach” to harden the soft skill traits of their aspiring educators.
Dr. Lisa Skeens is presenting a paper titled "Understanding Childhood Anxiety Disorders: A Three Step Intervention Approach" at the National Youth at Risk Conference in Savannah, Georgia on March 7th, 2016. The National Youth at Risk Conference hosts childhood educators and practitioners from all over the country to focus on the innovation and implementation of evidence based practices for at-risk youth.
Congratulations to Jeanie McGarvey who has been named student of the month for April. McGarvey is a communication major who was recently awarded a 2016 Student Leadership Award and 1st Place at Toastmasters International-World Championship of Public Speaking. She is on the Dean’s List, Volunteers her time with Compassionate Care International and is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, L.E.A.D., Lambda Pi Eta, and Phi Theta Kappa.
Congratulations to Meshach McCann, who has been named student of the month for April. McCann is a middle childhood education major who serves as a tutor in the OUL math lab. He is on the Dean’s list, member of the campus ministry, volunteers at Buckeye Lake summer camp and as a singer at New Life Christian Church.
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