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Muskingum College receives U.S. Department of Education grant to improve special education teacher training programs

Muskingum College is the only private college in Ohio to receive a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help train highly qualified teachers of students with disabilities such as learning disabilities, emotional disturbances and mental retardation.

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the award of $2.4 million in grants to 20 institutions in 15 states. Muskingum College was one of only two institutions in Ohio to receive the grant. Muskingum will receive more than $110,000 during the first year of this five-year grant.

Visiting campus on August 4 was Kristine Cohn who represented U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Mrs. Cohn is the senior official for the U.S. Department of Education’s Region V, which encompasses Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

U.S. Congressman Zack Space was also on campus to celebrate the award with the Muskingum College community.

"Muskingum College’s commitment to training teachers has remained constant and consistent,” said Muskingum College’s President Dr. Anne C. Steele. “This grant affirms Muskingum’s important role in partnering with the region to produce highly qualified educators.”

.Professor of Education Dr. Linda Morrow, who will direct and supervise Muskingum’s grant, was named the 2007 "Professor of the Year” for the state of Ohio by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). A Muskingum faculty member since 1988, Dr. Morrow is co-author of Building on Student Diversity (Sage Publications) and numerous scholarly articles. She adds this latest grant to the more than $2 million in external grant funding which she has secured during her tenure at Muskingum.