Dr. Karen Robinson's spring semester in Guangzhou, China
Dr. Karen Robinson spent a month in Guangzhou, China, at Xiguan Experimental Elementary School. She conducted professional development workshops for Chinese teachers of English. The teachers at Xiguan were "eager to know more about American education practices. They were hungry for ideas on differentiation, assessment, and ways to engage their students in active learning." Dr. Robinson found the teachers were eager and proud to share their culture. "We learned how to make delicious dumplings." Karen's visits included a trip to Macau, China, where Otterbein alumni Jenny Mulhorn teaches at the same school she completed her student teaching in 2015.
Dr. Karen Robinson, her cousin Andy Hawkins, and the welcoming student monitors from the Xiguan School.
Dr. Diane Ross receives a Fulbright Award for work in Uganda
Looking for adventure this summer while making a difference in the lives of children and communities in Uganda? Dr. Diane Ross is always looking for more students to join her next trip to Uganda. If you are interested, get in touch with Dr. Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org. "This is a trip that will educate you with what's happening around the world, while at the same time, you get the opportunity to help children and their communities."
Dr. Diane Ross and students from Otterbein take donations for children and perform service work. During past trips, Dr. Ross's groups have completed projects at the Naguru Parents' School in Kampala including building a playground and first-aid clinic, putting in a garden, starting a library, and modeling lessons for teachers. The school is an amazing place where teachers love their students and students love to attend! The group also started community libraries in the villages of Nakosi and Oluvu, supplying over 3,00 books and four computers in each library.
Dr. Ross connected with scholar Bonny Norton, Otterbein's 2015 Vernon Pack speaker, to develop a proposal to integrate literacy, young adolescents, and sexual health in helping girls overcome obstacles to education. Dr. Ross was selected to receive a Fulbright award to support her efforts incorporating the African Story Book Project to empower girls through the telling and reading of stories in their own language.