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Workshops help educators improve local schools

ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- To meet the needs of public schools struggling to improve their standings under the Ohio Department of Education's "Continuous Improvement" plan, Ohio University Zanesville Campus is offering two workshops that will offer support to specific educators, assisting them in this process.

Sponsored by the Office of Personal and Professional Development, both workshops, open to educators at all grade levels, focus on serving all the children in our schools. These workshops provide the time for teachers to work together as well as offer opportunities to learn from specialists in each of the areas.

"Collaborating -- working together -- is important because the new content standards and testing procedures require teachers to integrate the learning material across the academic curriculum," explained Corrine Lund, Coordinator of Professional Development for Educators at Ohio University Zanesville Campus. "With both of these workshops having a focus on serving all the children in the classroom, educators will receive excellent tools for reaching out to students with various learning styles."

On Nov. 15, "Creative Collaboration - Integrating the Arts into the Content Standards" will be offered with a focus on all aspects of the Arts, assisting both Arts specialists and classroom teachers as they work together integrating the content standards of the Arts and the academic subject areas in order to enhance the learning process through the creative process. This, too, is for educators at all grade levels and subject areas.

This workshop will include three unique experiences: workshop sessions with author, illustrator and musician Christopher Canyon; with Greg Miller, playwright, artist and educator who has developed a unique graduate program in the Arts for the classroom teacher; and a performance piece titled "Blind Horse."

The story of a family as they migrate from the West Virginia coal fields to the steel factories of Ohio, "Blind Horse"? was adapted from poetry written by Jeanne Bryner and has provided an opportunity for her to work with children in the areas of both creative writing and performance.

Educators will work directly with all of these presenters as well as meet with the cast of ?Blind Horse.?

Participants will receive one graduate quarter hour of credit. "Creative Collaboration" will be held in the Campus Center, Conference Room 430 and 431, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Plans are being made for a follow-up session with hands-on opportunities in all areas of the Arts, visits to artists' studios, museum experiences and sessions for the Arts specialists and classroom teachers to continue planning together.

On Sept. 20, Special Education Specialist Elaine Fonseca conducted "Working Together - The Special Education Specialist and the Classroom Teacher." This workshop focused on models of inclusion to provide educators with an understanding of children with disabilities and an understanding of strategies to include all children in the regular curriculum to the maximum extent possible.

Held in Elson Hall Room 212 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., participants will receive two graduate quarter hours of credit. There will be five follow up sessions for continued support throughout the year, to be scheduled during the first workshop session so the time will be suitable to all participants.

"'No child left behind' means that education is for all children. Research has shown that implementing the creative process into the academic learning areas greatly enhances the student's ability to learn," said Lund.

Cost for these workshops is $85 per quarter credit hour. For more information, contact Lund at (740) 588-1494 or at lund@ohio.edu.

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