Muskingum University and the Dublin City Schools recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of their partnership program, which provides Dublin’s teaching staff with professional development and graduate credit opportunities.
The partnership includes two annual conferences. Attendees prepare written reflections on what they have learned, which are adjudicated and evaluated for graduate level credit by Muskingum educator preparation faculty.
“Dublin City Schools is an innovative and creative district on the cutting edge of education,” said Nancy Bradley, Muskingum’s Director of Graduate Teacher Education. “We are enormously proud to partner with them and provide graduate education credit to their teachers. Muskingum benefits from the relationships we build with practicing educators in the field, and we learn what is in their hearts and minds as they reflect on their own experiences and on trends within their profession.”
During LEADublin, the August kick-off to the district’s school year, national and regional keynote speakers share critical educational trends with Dublin’s 600 teachers.
Each February, the Dublin Literacy Conference attracts 1,100 teachers from 5 states for keynote presentations and break-out sessions with leading children’s authors from across the country.
The ninth largest public school district in the state of Ohio and one of the state’s highest-achieving districts, Dublin City Schools enrolls more than 16,000 students annually and employs more than 2,500 staff members in a diverse urban environment. The district includes part of Dublin, Columbus, Hilliard, and Upper Arlington, and the student body represents more than 100 countries and speaks more than 70 different languages.
Muskingum’s graduate teacher education program offers a variety of degrees, licensures and endorsements, professional development, accelerated programs, and education leadership options for credentialed teachers, as well as degrees for those seeking to enter the teaching field. Dr. Timothy Slekar is the Executive Director of the Education Studies Department.