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Otterbein Receives More Than $530,000 in Grants

June 15, 2012

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University has recently received more than $530,000 to support programs in a variety of disciplines. For more information about grants and sponsored programs at Otterbein, call the Office of Sponsored Programs at (614) 823-1845.

Otterbein University recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $373,537 for the Central Ohio English Learner Education Collaborative (COELEC) project. This project will unite central Ohio K-12 schools and Otterbein to provide effective programs to enrich the educational process of students learning English in central Ohio schools.

“These funds will help upgrade the content and instructional skills of new and veteran teachers working with English learners, as well as providing career ladder programs for paraprofessionals,” said Rosalinda B. Barrera, assistant deputy secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition. “It’s critical for our English learners to have access to high-quality instruction in all subjects that will prepare them for success in college, the workplace and our global economy.”

COELEC has three major goals. The first is to better prepare 90 current classroom teachers focusing specifically on those who teach children in grades 6-12 to provide the best possible instructional support to the English Language Learners. The second goal is to better prepare all Otterbein teacher education students to support English Language Learners in K-12 classrooms. The third and final goal is to provide 30 local English Language Learners with opportunities of financial support to earn a paraprofessional or teaching license. Federal funds account for 100 percent of the project funding; zero percent of the project will be financed by non-governmental sources. For more information, contact project director Susan Constable at (614) 823-1419 or sconstable@otterbein.edu.

Education and Physics
Otterbein University recently received a grant of $106,480 from the Ohio Board of Regents to fund the OP2: Operation Physics program. OP2: Operation Physics is a tuition-free, nine credit hour graduate course that combines basic physical science concepts with hands-on materials and activities to fourth- through ninth-grade teachers with science education responsibilities. It is modeled after a successful program developed by the National Science Foundation. This is the third year Otterbein has received funding for OP2.

The course includes instruction in physical science concepts appropriate for middle school and constructivist teaching strategies that will lead to student involvement and understanding. The course activities are designed to help teachers learn basic concepts, and most can be used or adapted for use in the classroom. It includes two weeks of in-classroom summer instruction, five one-day sessions through March 2013, and attendance at the Science Education Council of Ohio Conference in February 2013. For more information, contact project coordinator Wendy Sherman-Heckler at (614) 823-1840 or WShermanHeckler@otterbein.edu.

Center for Community Engagement
Otterbein University has recently received a grant of $32,000 from The Columbus Foundation. This award will fund the Ubuntu Group Mentoring Program.

This program is meant to help high school students pursue a vision and gain access to a higher education. Through group mentoring, urban high school and Otterbein University students increase their engagement in learning, self-awareness, character development, and civic responsibility. All of these are attributes students gain through this program while working towards a higher personal goal. For more information, contact John Kengla at (614) 823-1374 or jkengla@otterbein.edu.

Center for Community Engagement
Otterbein University has recently received a grant of $10,000 from The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. This grant will help fund the Women’s Leadership Network.

The Otterbein Women’s Leadership Network will provide educational, networking and transformational leadership opportunities for all young women in the community. Girls, students and community leaders will be able to cultivate a collaborative system of support that will increase women’s upward social and economic mobility. Otterbein has taken great strides in this field recently with the addition of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major and minor. For more information, contact project director Melissa Gilbert at (614) 823-1251 or MGilbert@otterbein.edu.

The Ohio Arts Council recently granted $12,608 to Otterbein University. This grant will fund a project titled, Time and Place: An International Exhibition of Works on Paper.

The exhibition will feature the works of contemporary Ohio and German artists who have participated in the Ohio Arts Council’s printmaking exchange program and will be presented in Germany during the summer of 2012 and at The Ohio State University’s Urban Arts Space in the fall of 2012. Otterbein Professor Nicholas Hill is the curator. For more information, contact Nicholas Hill at (614) 823-1258 or nhill@otterbein.edu.

Otterbein University was recently granted $1,522 from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund. This grant will support Reading the Earth: The Language of Nature, a summer institute for K-12 teachers. The humanities-based institute will be held in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Teachers form learning communities and engage in an interactive exchange designed to foster environmental education activities in their own classrooms. For more information, contact Terry Hermsen at (614) 823-1893 or thermsen@otterbein.edu.

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