College of Education and Human Development
06/13/2013: The Little Red Schoolhouse
04/15/2013: An educator’s educator
04/15/2013: Student teachers walk a mile in parents’ shoes
04/11/2013: New Program Focuses On Teaching Educators About Special Needs
01/25/2013: Physical Education Assessment Symposium helps area teachers
12/12/2012: BGSU changes early ed approach
11/21/2012: Bronx trip shows value of service
10/22/2012: Kubow honored by alma mater
09/18/2012: BGSU School Law Conference
06/22/2012: BGSU swimmers prepare for Olympic trials
06/21/2012: New teacher preparation programs approved by BGSU board
05/01/2012: From the Army Into the Gym- Army veteran charges ahead to teach physical education
04/19/2012: ‘Die hard’ advocate for BGSU honored
04/12/2012: Innovative teaching earns Reinhart college award
04/04/2012: EDHD faculty honored by peers for scholarship, service
03/28/2012: Dr. Matthew R. Kutz Receives Fulbright Scholar Award
01/18/2012: Faith Olson honored with the Drum Major for Peace award
01/11/2012: Online master of education programs recognized for excellence
12/12/2011: STUDENT TEACHER SENSES WHEN CHILDREN NEED HELP
10/13/2011: DR. DAVID KIRP- "KIDS FIRST: TRANFORMING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN"
07/27/2011: TEMPLE GRANDIN VISIT
02/21/2011: PRESIDENTS' DAY OPEN HOUSE A SUCCESS DESPITE SNOW STORM
01/14/2011: DIFFERENTIATED LEARNING PRESENTED BY CENTENNIAL SPEAKER
The Little Red Schoolhouse
|There is a place on campus where visitors and students alike can go back more than 100 years in time to the days of McGuffey’s Readers, dunce stools and central heating via potbellied stoves. This “magical” place is Bowling Green’s Little Red Schoolhouse. The building contains items representing the educational system of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America.|
The red brick building, which houses the University’s collection of educational artifacts, was originally built in Norwalk Township, Huron County, Ohio, in 1875 and was known as the District #6 School. It held eight grades in its one room and did not close its doors until 1938 when the Norwalk-Brunson District began serving the pupils of the area.
In 1972, Dr. David Elsass ’49, ’53, dean of the College at that time, and Robert Shelton ’28 launched a campaign to secure $64,000 to bring a one-room schoolhouse to campus to house its growing collection of educational memorabilia – an idea originally suggested in 1968 from then-president William Jerome. With $14,000 in private donations, and a volunteer offer from Dr. Dan Heisler and his sons to dismantle and move the building, unfortunately the cost of the initiative was not covered.
|State Representative Arthur Wilkowski of Toledo heard about the project and volunteered to introduce an amendment to the State Lottery Appropriation Bill to assist in generating the unsecured dollars. Dr. Elsass and others presented testimony in 1974 to the Ohio General Assembly, which resulted in a $50,000 allocation from the first Ohio Lottery Appropriation (H.B. 1263).|
In 1975, Becky Linder, a sophomore education major, informed Dr. Elsass that the Linder family of Norwalk, Ohio, would donate to the University the school building, which stood on their farm land. The Heisler sons – Terry, Barry and Danny – spent nine weekends with their father dismantling and moving the schoolhouse from its original location to Bowling Green. A contracting firm then re-assembled the schoolhouse, adding a new wood frame, a new wood floor and a new roof. Electric fixtures were installed and camouflaged with old-fashioned kerosene fixtures. Heating and air-conditioning were also installed to provide the best possible atmosphere for the artifacts.
In 1976, just prior to its dedication, more than 49 people from the Norwalk area visited, many of whom had attended this Little Red Schoolhouse, including the last teacher, Ila Wolf Dolby.
Since its dedication, school children who visit learn what it was like to attend a one-room school. During its years of operation, the enrollment of District #6 School ranged from eight to 37 students. Boys and girls entered through separate doors and sat on separate sides of the classroom. They even played in different areas during recess. Popular recess games included baseball, jump rope, crack the whip, fox and geese and pom-pom pullaway. When bad weather kept them inside, they played “Old Cat” and tic-tac-toe on the chalkboard, or gathered around the piano to sing.
Rules for children in a one-room schoolhouse were similar to those found in today’s classrooms – assignments had to be done on time and talking was not allowed. However, children attending school more that 125 years ago had to perform duties not common in today’s schools. Wood or coal had to be brought in for the stove during the winter months, and someone had to get water from the well so that everyone had something to drink at lunch.
Teachers had interesting rules as well. Teachers, who were typically women, had to check the outhouses daily. Additionally, she couldn’t marry during the term of her contract; couldn’t loiter downtown in ice cream parlors; couldn’t smoke cigarettes; couldn’t join any feminist movements; couldn’t ride in any carriage or automobile with a man unless it was her father or brother; and, couldn’t dress in bright colors. If she performed her duties regularly and faithfully for five years without fault, she would be given a 25-cent-a-week increase in pay, providing the Board of Education approved.
Education has experienced great changes since the days of one-room schoolhouses, and will undoubtedly experience more changes in the future. The Little Red Schoolhouse enables us to look at education’s past, and gives visitors a sense of history.
The Schoolhouse is open to visitors on weekends from 2-5 p.m. To schedule a visit for your classroom or organization, contact us at 419-372-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical Education Assessment Symposium helps area teachers
On January 25, 2013 the Physical Education Teacher Education faculty, comprised of Drs. Becky Pissanos, Adrian Turner, Geoff Meek and Pam Bechtel hosted a Physical Education Assessment Symposium in the Eppler Complex. The symposium provided physical educators, from throughout Ohio, a professional development opportunity to share their experiences with the implementation process of the Ohio Assessment Tool for the Ohio Physical Education Content Standards.
Seventy teachers attended the symposium to discuss and learn how other teachers were implementing the Ohio Assessment Tool. These teachers shared their experiences with the assessment tool in roundtable discussions throughout the morning. Three breakout sessions were provided for the participants at the end of the morning. The presenters and their topics were Drs. Brian Campbell and Adam Fullenkamp, “Biomechanical Assignments for Standard #2;” “Dr. Becky Pissanos, New Technology Assessment Tool- Coach’s Eye” and Ms. Margaret Bernard, “Physical Education Networking.” Ms. Bernard is a physical education teacher from Perrysburg Junior High School. She represented the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, as she is the current chair of the physical education division. Dr. Geoff Meek proposed a future project to involve area physical educators titled, “The I-75 Corridor Project” for potential use as a PEP Grant opportunity.
Feedback from the participants proved that the Physical Education Assessment Symposium was valuable as one participant shared, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to plan this day! I loved the opportunity to talk with fellow teachers and see what they are doing. I got some great information – I would have enjoyed staying longer.” The physical education teacher education faculty hope to provide more professional development opportunities like this in the future.
BGSU changes early ed approach
Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Bronx trip shows value of service
A group of BGSU students spent fall break exploring an aspect of New York City that most travelers ignore - the grassroots efforts to serve residents of the Bronx, the neighborhood most notorious for crime and poverty in our nation's largest city.
About 40 BGSU students piled into vans and camped on the basement floor of a church. They spent five days learning from the volunteers who are working to make an impact in the borough and some of residents who are continuing to struggle despite such assistance. Students engaged with groups offering service to ex-felons, at-risk children, homeless gay teenagers, and those involved in such risky behavior as drug use.
The stories they heard often lacked a happy ending.
Chris Gerhardstein of Findlay was shocked to find that the long walk to the closet park in the Bronx took about 30 minutes, and required children to pass several factories emitting noxious odors. Local volunteers told the BGSU students that the neighborhood is estimated to have the worst asthma rates in the nation, and there is no remedy to the air pollution because the offending factories provide important job opportunities in the borough.
"There are some problems that you can't get rid of. They weren't trying to solve the problem, they were trying to live with the problem," said Gerhardstein, who has an individualized major in linguistics and education. "A lot was disheartening, but it filled your heart with hope because in the face of terrible things, these people had hope."
Rebecca Schroeder, a graphic design major from Ottawa, Ohio, was impressed by the level of artistic talent demonstrated by the children she met in the after-school program for at-risk youth. The walls were lined with "really professional" photography taken by some of the 10-year-old participants, she observed. She made a connection with a six-year-old girl whose parents emigrated from Mexico and was fascinated by the idea that Schroeder's great-grandparents emigrated from Germany.
Though it wasn't Schroeder's first trip to New York City, it was her first experience in the Bronx.
"I felt very sheltered, but now I understand the world from a whole different perspective," Schroeder said. "You really get to understand a whole new world outside of Bowling Green."
And that's the idea behind the trip, which co-sponsored by the Arts Village, which is a learning community in Chapman residence hall, and the Common Good, an non-profit program and off-campus community center operated by the United Christian Fellowship. This was the 10th trip to the Bronx in which the Arts Village has been a co-sponsor.
"Students are humbled by the stories of people who have made the best of awful circumstances growing up. And that was our intention . . . for students to see what a privilege it is to go to college here," said the Rev. Bill Thompson, director of the Common Good and BGSU instructor.
Gordon Rickets, director of the Arts Village, finds the experience often motivates students to get involved in service off-campus. In the past, Bronx trip alumni launched an after-school program and a community garden. This year, a group of returning students will be working with Thompson to create a meditation program at a local jail.
"It really is transforming. I've always been of the belief that you really can't know who you are as a person until you move away from what is familiar and comfortable to you," Rickets said. "A lot are motivated to realize they have it a lot better than others."
Thompson has led more than 900 students on similar trips, and has long observed the benefits of experiential learning.
"It's the best way to learn critical thinking," Thompson said. "There are a lot of things that you're taught about these places like the South Bronx. You get there, and you realize, no, it's not like that. It's not like I've been taught. And so then you start thinking, what else are they lying about?"
The trip is inexpensive, at a cost of about $300 for participants, but the benefits are immeasurable, said Dr. Chris Frey, assistant professor and MACIE program coordinator in the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy.
"I tell my students that you don't find yourself, you make yourself," Frey said. "You're putting yourself in a situation where you're going to be able to learn more about yourself, about your country, your culture. What those outcomes are, we can't predict because it's special to every person.
Kubow honored by alma mater
|She's used to being in front of a classroom, but Oct. 12 Dr. Patricia Kubow, an educational foundations, leadership and policy faculty member, found herself before 600 people at a homecoming banquet at her alma mater.|
Kubow was among four recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award presented by Concordia College, in Minnesota. The youngest of the group, she was in good company: the other honorees included a leading physician from the Mayo Clinic, a prominent defense attorney and a respected athletic coach.
The purpose of the award is "to honor alumni who have exemplified the ideals of Concordia College through outstanding service and leadership in their profession, community and church. These individuals have profoundly influenced the affairs of the world through thought, word and deed," the college says.
|The award is organized by the National Alumni Board, which engages in a rigorous selection process to select the final four award recipients from 75 nominations, through a process of alumni board advocacy.|
According to the program, "Kubow . . . has built an international reputation as a leading voice in collegiate education. The themes of citizenship and democratic education have been at the heart of her work . . . She has built close contacts and associates in all corners of the globe, and her national and international networks continue to grow. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award by the United States Agency for International Development. She is a member of the 1988 Concordia women's basketball national championship team, a two-time academic All-American and a member of the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame."
Kubow has 60 publications. The second edition of her book, "Comparative Education: Exploring Issues in International Context," is used on colleges and universities in over 15 countries and has been translated into Korean. Its emphasis is on educational research abroad, and not only study tours for students.
At BGSU, Kubow founded the International Comparative Education (ICE) Center and has led study trips for faculty, students and area teachers to Africa and the Middle East to promote learning, understanding and globalization of curriculum. The center, which also supports student study abroad experiences, continues its commitment to cross-cultural education. In summer 2011, Kubow completed intensive Arabic language study at the University of Jordan to further ICE efforts in the Middle East.
On her visit back to Concordia, Kubow also taught two classes, including a presentation on educational reform in Jordan to pre-service teachers.
BGSU School Law Conference
From the Army Into the Gym
Army veteran charges ahead to teach physical education
Five years serving in the U.S. Army paved the way for Kelly McCormick's education at Bowling Green State University on her way to becoming a physical education teacher. As an athlete in her hometown of Sandusky, Ohio, McCormick played basketball, softball and volleyball, with a long-term goal of playing in college. “I didn’t know about the process for getting into college to play sports. I thought they would come to me. When that didn’t happen, I had to rethink my plans. My family couldn’t pay for my college, so I had to figure out how to do that,” she said.
She opted to enlist in the Army, in order to use the G.I. Bill to help pay for her education when she was done. Trained in aviation communications, her job was to set up communications for helicopters on missions. “Most of my time was spent in Honduras. I would set up the communications for them to talk back to the ground, and then I would have time to travel,” she explained. She saw Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua in her spare time, but found Honduras the most endearing and beautiful of those Central American countries.
The military experience proved to be an eye-opening opportunity. “I always thought everyone had the same amenities, but when I saw people bathing in the creeks, and the orphanages filled with kids, I started to see the big picture,” she admitted. “Here were these people who had so little, and yet, I would see them always so happy. Even though they didn’t have much, they loved to celebrate.
“It was life changing for me,” she said, adding, “It helped prepare me for the next step in my life.”
For years, she has wanted to be a teacher to make a difference in students’ lives the way some of her teachers have impacted her life. “I’ve had many wonderful teachers, but in my case there was one teacher, Diane Majoy, an intervention specialist, who was one of my coaches. She is the reason I wanted to get into coaching.”
According to McCormick, Majoy was always positive and came to the gym energetic and upbeat. And from the time she stopped to ask McCormick why she wasn’t trying out for volleyball as a high school freshman, “she showed that she believed in me,” the College of Education and Human Development student said.
Adding volleyball to her athletic repertoire was a plus for McCormick. The teamwork, leadership and responsibility she learned through volleyball and the other sports served her well, especially when it came time to serve in the Army.
In turn, when she was ready to pursue a University education, the addition of the Army training gave her a strong foundation. “The military experience allowed me to start college ready to work, not just to get through the classes,” she said. “I was eager to learn, especially the things that I could take into the classroom after I graduate.” After student teaching in Port Clinton’s elementary and middle schools, she decided to pursue a job working with the younger children “because they are so excited to see you every day.” Though, she was quick to point out, middle schoolers have their positives too. “They have more responsibilities and respond to peer learning where they have roles and teams to work with.”
When McCormick graduates May 5, it will be her way of saying thanks to the teachers, coaches and BGSU faculty members who have put in so much effort to teach her. It’s the circle of life. “It will be my turn to give back and hope to have someone thank me, like I am thanking them for making a difference in my life.”
‘Die hard’ advocate for BGSU honored
From working on behalf of her fellow Classified Staff members to making sandwiches for volunteers, there isn’t much Faith Olson is not involved with at BGSU.
Olson’s commitment and dedication was recognized April 18 when she was presented the Classified Staff Outstanding Service Award during the Classified Staff Council Recognition Program.
Visibly moved, Olson said she wished for all classified staff to feel the same appreciation from the University. She said she has made the institutional value of classified staff the topic of her doctoral dissertation and plans to provide her completed data to the administration.
The fiscal officer in the College of Education and Human Development, Olson is known for her volunteer work. Nominators pointed out she had contributed over 400 volunteer hours in 2011 alone, just for Classified Staff-related issues and events.
“Faith is a leader by example,” wrote Terry Carver, administrative secretary in the Department of Recreation and Wellness, in her nomination letter. “Her commitment to BGSU at all levels is hard to top. She gives 100 percent and then some at every opportunity presented her.”
This award is just one of many accolades Olson has received in the past year. In April 2011, she received the Friend of the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award for her work in establishing a sack lunch program for MLK Day of Service volunteers. In January 2012, the Human Relations Commission for the city of Bowling Green gave her the Drum Major for Peace Award in recognition of her commitment and dedication to the community.
Her work at BGSU knows no bounds. Olson is chair of the Leave Bank Committee, works on fundraisers for Classified Staff scholarships, maintains a memory garden by the Education Building dedicated to her parents and is also pursuing her doctorate at BGSU.
“Faith is a ‘die hard’ advocate for BGSU, the college and for any classified staff member who is in need,” wrote Dr. Brad Colwell, dean of the education college, in his nomination letter. “Her commitment to justice and basic fairness is unmatched. She works to make sure everyone is treated fairly, but will also encourage those not doing their part to meet the expectations set before them. In sum, she is an example of integrity and hard work that serves as a positive example to all.”
Innovative teaching earns Reinhart college award
Dr. Rachel Vannatta Reinhart, educational foundations and inquiry, works to integrate technology into her teaching of statistics and research methods to provide students with meaningful instruction, hands-on activities and relevant problems.
Her dedication to making the topic easier to understand was one of the factors that earned her the College of Education and Human Development’s Excellence in Teaching Award. The award, given every three years, recognizes a college faculty member who excels in the classroom and working with students.
According to the nomination, Reinhart is known for making “intimidating material understandable, manageable and even enjoyable to students semester after semester, year after year.“
As part of the process to make statistics more easily understandable to the number of master’s students who must take it, she developed a groundbreaking, online statistics course. She created 12 one-hour digital videos that correspond with a workbook especially designed for the online master’s course.
Based on student success and commentary, the course was very successful and earned her a 2010 Faculty Innovator Award. The Ohio Board of Regents established the award to recognize accomplishments in introduction of digital course materials in the classroom that enrich learning.
“Her passion, compassion, understanding and ability to clearly disseminate information make her one of the best instructors I have encountered in my academic career. Many instructors say that they support and care about student success, but Dr. Reinhart embodies it,” one of her doctoral students wrote.
In addition to her teaching excellence, Reinhart spends a lot of time facilitating student research through thesis and doctoral committee work. As a member of the leadership studies doctoral program, she has chaired more than 13 dissertation committees and served on numerous others. She has used her expertise to research and publish on her instructional experiences, which have resulted in a textbook, a refereed publication and four refereed conference papers.
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EDHD faculty honored by peers for scholarship, service
The achievements and contributions of BGSU faculty were celebrated at the annual Faculty Recognition Reception on March 29, hosted by the Office of the Provost. Three EDHD faculty were among the recipients.
Dr. Margaret Zoller Booth, director of the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership, Policy, was honored with the Faculty Mentor Award for her dedication to helping junior faculty.
Dr. Cindy Hendricks, director of the School of Teaching and Learning, received the Chair/School Director Leadership Award and was cited for her tireless efforts.
The President’s Award for Collaborative Research and Creative Work went to Dr. Ellen Broido, higher education and student affairs, for her project with graduate student Kirsten Brown studying the gendered experience of women faculty and classified and administrative staff with extended service to a single university.
Dr. Matthew R. Kutz Receives Fulbright Scholar Award
Matthew Kutz, Ph.D., ATC, Clinical Education Coordinator of Athletic Training at Bowling Green State University and Perrysburg resident, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Kigali Health Institute in Rwanda during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Dr. Kutz will be teaching in the physiotherapy department at Kigali Health Institute. Kutz earned his B.A. from Anderson University, a M.Ed. and M.S. from the University of Toledo, and his Ph.D. from Lynn University. Kutz’s research has been published in dozens of journals such as Journal of Allied Health, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Internet Journal of Allied Health Science and Practice, Strength and Conditioning Journal, International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation Journal, Clinical Kinesiology, Athletic Training Education Journal, and many others. In addition to that, he has written a textbook entitled “Leadership and Management in Athletic Training: An Integrated Approach” published by Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. Kutz was the head athletic trainer for USA Track & Field during 2007 Pan American Race Walking Cup in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, the 2003 Ekiden Road Relay in Seoul, South Korea and Sports Medicine Educator to the Honduran Olympic Committee in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (summer 2009).
Kutz is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty-three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes, and many other prestigious honors, awards, and positions.
Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our website at http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail email@example.com.
STUDENT TEACHER SENSES WHEN CHILDREN NEED HELP
TOLEDO BLADE - GABRIELLE RUSSON
(This story first appeared in the Toledo Blade on Dec. 12, 2011. Here is the link that includes photographs: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2011/12/12/Student-teacher-senses-when-children-need-help-2.html)
Jenna Karg’s childhood was filled with basketball games, high school musicals, and horseback riding.
But the way she did those activities was sometimes unorthodox.
Such as when Ms. Karg — who has been blind since an infant — played snare drum in her middle school marching band. She was tied with a bungee cord to another drummer so she wouldn’t go the wrong way.
“Jenna always wanted to do things, and we said, ‘OK. Go find a way to do it,’” said her mother, Pam Karg, an elementary school physical education teacher from Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
“She’s not afraid to try anything. That’s what I admire about her.”
Now in college, Ms. Karg, 20, faced new challenges as she learned how to teach and spent nearly three months volunteering in a special-education classroom. And, as always, she did things a bit differently to overcome obstacles.
“Most people think, ‘How are you going to teach when you can’t see? How are you going to control your classroom? How are you going to grade papers?’ “ said Ms. Karg, a junior at Bowling Green State University. “That’s something I’m going to overcome. I have to prove to them I can do it.”
Last week, during her final day volunteering at Perrysburg’s Frank Elementary School before her winter break, Ms. Karg gave students candy canes with their names in Braille on attached labels.
The gift helped soothe a 10-year-old special-needs boy who had gotten agitated by a two-hour delay that disrupted his normal routine. The fourth grader became more relaxed and snuck peeks at Bilko, Ms. Karg’s guide dog, lying nearby on a blue blanket as the teacher and the boy practiced reading.
The black Labrador retriever seemed immune to the wiggling elementary students.
Here in Doug Pevoar’s classroom, Ms. Karg, who is studying special education, spent every Wednesday since September, working with elementary students who struggle with reading, are autistic, or have other special needs.
Mr. Pevoar said Ms. Karg and his students shared a special connection.
They were aware of her challenges, how she relied on Bilko to get around, and how she used a special computer that talked back to her because she couldn’t see.
Yet it didn’t stop her from living her life, from going to college to become a teacher, and staying in an apartment with her friends in Bowling Green.
They saw her as a role model.
“There’s something about Jenna,” said Mr. Pevoar, an intervention specialist who has been employed at Frank Elementary for eight years. “The kids are just drawn to her.”
And in turn, Ms. Karg had a unique connection to her students.
“She just kind of gets why they are special,” Mr. Pevoar said. “She has lived it.”
Ms. Karg can only see shadows and lights.
She was born four months premature, small enough to fit into her father’s open hand at 1 pound, 4 ounces.
Her parents were just thankful she was alive after their infant daughter dealt with a slew of health issues, including a collapsed lung and poor circulation.
Ms. Karg’s only lingering problem, however, was blindness. Her right retina was completely detached and left retina partially detached.
Mr. Pevoar admitted that, at first, he was unsure about having a blind student teacher. He wondered how much extra work he might have to do for her to keep up.
Every week, Mr. Pevoar typed up the words from books and worksheets, and sent the text to Ms. Karg so she could follow along with her BrailleNote.
The computer — which looks like a small piano keyboard — converted the electronic text into Braille so she could read along.
Mr. Pevoar said he changed his mind quickly about his doubts.
He noticed Ms. Karg sensed when his students seemed upset or weren’t paying attention, even though she couldn’t see their faces.
He noticed she had the mind-set of a teacher, becoming ecstatic when her students made small improvements. Those little victories are what excite special-education teachers, he said.
And he noticed the students responding.
“It was just about what she could do for my students,” Mr. Pevoar said.
On her last day, Jacob Everly, 9, brought a Christmas card written in Braille for Ms. Karg.
Jordan Franks, 8, looked longingly at the guide dog. “I wish I had Bilko,” he said.
2011-12 EDHD LECTURE SERIES: "SETTING THE PACE"
DR. DAVID KIRP: "KIDS FIRST: TRANFORMING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN"
Dr. John Fischer and Dr. David Kirp
On Thursday, October 13, Dr. David Kirp, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, joined us in the Education Building for a presentation entitled "Kids First: Tranforming the Lives of Children." His appearance was the second of four scheduled within the 2011-2012 EDHD "Setting the Pace" Lecture Series that is designed to, among other things, improve student learning.
TEMPLE GRANDIN VISIT
In June, Dr. Temple Grandin, a best-selling author, professor and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior took to the stage as the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Autism Summit of Northwest Ohio at Bowling Green State University.
By DR. ELLEN WILLIAMS
PRESIDENTS' DAY OPEN HOUSE A SUCCESS DESPITE SNOW STORM
Despite a storm that dropped a sheet of ice and another six inches of snow, Bowling Green State University and the College of Education and Human Development were inundated with high school students on Monday (Feb. 21) for the annual Presidents' Day Open House.
"I thought it was a great day," said Dr. Brad Colwell, Dean of the College. "It was terrific to see students come in from all over despite the inclement weather, and it was fun to see our faculty and staff showcasing a number of the excellent programs that we offer within the College. More than 50 faculty, staff and students volunteered and made it a great atmosphere and a great event that will hopefully yield many more students coming into the College next year and beyond."
Buses and students rolled in steadily throughout the morning. With the majority of the events scheduled for earlier in the day, the weather held off and allowed students and parents to enjoy their time on campus and get around without incident. However, by early afternoon, most of the buses were on their way home as the wind picked up and the snow began to fall once again.
"The Presidents' Day Open House is one of the premier recruitment events of the year," said Matt Webb, Director of Student and Academic Services for the College. "Congregating all the teacher education programs on the first floor of the Education Building created an engaging and festive atmosphere for our guests. While the snow and ice obviously deterred some visitors' plans, those who braved the elements were warmly received and reported that they could feel the 'BGSU spirit' of the faculty, staff and students who were on hand."
Differentiated Learning presented by Centennial Speaker
Carol Ann Tomlinson, an internationally known educator, presented "Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom" in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on January 14. Differentiated learning aims at addressing the needs of all students.
Tomlinson is the William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia. She was a public school educator for 21 years and a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners for 12 years. She has earned numerous teaching awards and has written more than 200 articles, book chapters and books.
Tomlinson was the final speaker of the Centennial Speakers Series sponsored by the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development. The program was free and open to faculty, students, educators and the public.
Photos from the event appear below.