School_leadershipThe School of Education is offering a series of professional development workshops designed to address specific challenges facing current and future educators.

The workshops can be attended for University credit, professional development, or personal enrichment.


The cost to attend is $50 per workshop or $150 for all four in the series.

For more information about the workshops or receiving professional development or academic credit for attending the workshops, contact Vicky Cook at or 937-769-1810.

Diversity in Early Childhood Education:  Reaching All Families 

April 9, 2014, 4:30-7:30

Join early childhood teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents as we work together to explore our own understanding of diversity and engage in meaningful conversation to reach out to all families in school settings. Participants will investigate a deeper understanding of the definition of diversity as it relates to families today, explore biases and misconceptions that exist, and gain a wealth of knowledge and resources that will support them in reaching out to all families with which they work. This training will be engaging and interactive as we create a community of educators better equipped to meet the growing needs of families in our schools.

Co-teaching: An Instructional Support Model for Cooperating Teachers

NEW DATE: January 23, 2014, 4:30 – 7:30

Co-teaching has typically been used as a classroom strategy by teachers of exceptional students and teachers of typically developing students. However, co-teaching is now being explored as a collaborative partnership by cooperating teachers and the student teachers they support as a way to increase instructional effectiveness and advance student learning. This 3-hour professional development session explains the benefits of co-teaching; describes how it is useful for both cooperating teachers and student teachers; and provides practical plans for implementing co-teaching models in the classroom.

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

February 12, 2014, 7:00-9:00 

BigPicture1The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia is an award-winning documentary that provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it. Shining a spotlight on the latest scientific and psychological research, the film also highlights the work of Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-founders and co-directors of the Yale Center of Dyslexia and Creativity to illuminate the hidden origins and implications of dyslexia.

Did you know? It’s estimated that 50% of NASA employees are Dyslexic. Why? They’re recruited for their specific problem-solving skills.

Proving that dyslexia is a neurological issue and not a character flaw, The Big Picture beautifully illustrates that while the condition is an obstacle, it also carries some unique advantages, and ultimately can be overcome.  The School of Education will host a panel discussion following the screening.

No More Logical Consequences … At Least Hardly Ever: A focus on solutions in the classroom and home

March 12, 2014, 4:30-7:30

Do you struggle with the line between punishment, logical consequences, and solutions?  Students also struggle to understand how to move away from being controlled with punishments to finding solutions to their problems. Join us for an exploration of a new look at the 3 R’s—respectful, reasonable, and related—and an H—Helpful. When teachers and parents understand these tools, we can move children away from punishments and consequences and toward solutions to their problems.  Explore how to teach children to come up with solutions to their problems, how to create a democratic environment, and how to gain buy-in from parents.