|Grantee Name:||Bowling Green State University|
|Project Name:||Project CLOSE THE GAPS|
|Project Director:||Richard Wilson 419-372-7276|
The purpose of Project CLOSE THE GAPS is to secure graduate teaching licensure for a diverse group of secondary and special education educators to be employed in critical teaching shortage areas in Ohio. Individuals who want to change careers and recent college graduates without education degrees are recruited, including a minimum of 40 percent from five groups of minority citizens: African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, and persons with disabilities. Candidates will be part-time students in Bowling Green State University's (BGSU's) Secondary and Special Education Programs and full-time employees in two of Ohio's urban school districts. Coursework and practice are offered on-site in the participating school districts. Participants complete master's level conditional and alternative licensure programs and have commitments to secure full-time employment and professional licensure upon completion of the program. Based on the need within both urban schools, Project CLOSE THE GAPS currently only serves teachers seeking employment in special education. Due to reduction-in-force issues at one of the urban school districts, the project created a new partnership with Wayne State Univerity and Detroit Public Schools.
|Grantee Name:||The Ohio State University Research Foundation|
|Project Name:||Ohio TtT Project|
|Project Director:||Belinda Gimbert 614-247-4599|
Two hundred teachers are being served through partnerships with high-need urban and rural Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and their Insitution of Higher Education (IHE) partners. This project is designed to enhance the current state alternative licensure pathways by supporting recruitment, professional development, placement, and retention of teachers. The Ohio State University is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education to support alternative licensure teachers with an Online Resource Center that includes a learning management system and website that provide participants with a one-stop resource for taking online courses, collaborating online with other alternative licensure teachers, obtaining expertise from master teachers, and gathering resources and lesson plans for creating teaching and learning materials.
The University of Dayton's Transition to Teaching program recruits and prepares up to 90 mid-career professionals and recent college graduates from fields other than education to teach children with mild to moderate special education needs. The rigorous training curriculum centers on fulfilling the requirements for the Ohio Conditional Teaching Permit in Special Education. Training courses are offered at night and on weekends in order to ensure increased accessibility to the program. Teachers in training are provided with additional opportunities that prepare them for obtaining an alternative and, subsequently, provisional teaching license.