Educating a diverse population in the liberal arts

For personal, professional and global responsibility

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Notre Dame College and its professional education faculty hosted nearly 100 high school students who intend to be future educators to help the youth prepare for Educators Rising competitions.

For the third consecutive year, the College has conducted a workshop to aid the Cleveland-area high school juniors and seniors with their submissions for the state Educators Rising, or EdRising, contest supported by the Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with Phi Delta Kappa International and the national Future Educators Association. Students compete in planning lessons, speaking in public, researching learning challenges, exploring careers in education, writing children’s books and facing ethical dilemmas as a teacher.

This year, high school students met in breakout sessions with Notre Dame faculty and staff members to tweak their submissions and practice in mock competitions.  Including the youth, teachers and facilitators, approximately 115 people from the Northeast Ohio education community participated in the workshops on campus in January, according to Sue E. Corbin, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, of the Division of Professional Education at the College.

Education Experts

In addition to Corbin, the Cleveland-area high school students who intend to be future teachers met and learned from Pamela Cook, M.S., assistant professor of education; Crystal Johnson, M.A., Director of Community Relations and Recruiting in professional education; Tina Jurcisin, M.S., adjunct instructor in communication; George Phillips, M.B.A., M.A., director of career services; Elizabeth A. Ritz, Ph.D., assistant professor of education; and Sarah West, M.Ed., M.A., J.D., Ph.D., former assistant professor. The Notre Dame educators were assisted by facilitators from Lake Erie College.

The workshop at Notre Dame began with an address from Christopher Osolin, talent acquisition partner for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Osolin provided the future teachers with insight into working as an educator in urban settings and with students who represent diverse and sometimes challenging backgrounds, Corbin said.

Students at the workshop were treated to lunch in the Notre Dame Connelly Center Dining Hall and attended a presentation from Amanda Means, assistant dean of enrollment at the College.

Educators Rising

Educators Rising (EdRising) Ohio is a nonprofit organization for middle and high school students interested in education-related careers. Students who win the Ohio competition qualify for national contests.

As part of their continued service in support of Educators Rising, teacher preparation faculty and education majors at the College pledged to help support the organization’s Donation Project for Children in Foster Care by collecting clothes, toiletries, and books for the cause.

Last year, Notre Dame aided the high school students in selecting their competition topics, and the year before the College partnered with Cleveland State University and Lake Erie College to lead a series of three workshops to train the students for the state challenge.

Education Degrees

Notre Dame has a long tradition of teacher education dating back to 1922. The Division of Professional Education prepares knowledgeable, effective and reflective teachers and school leaders at the graduate, post-baccalaureate and undergraduate levels.

Students at Notre Dame may pursue programs leading to Ohio licensure in early childhood, middle childhood, special education, adolescent/young adult and multi-age education through courses offered online and on site.

January 2020

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or