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CSU–Dayton Campus education degree

have the same mission, and are very pleased that Central State was select- ed to deliver the education program that meets these needs.”

Some cohorts selected for the pro- gram already have college credits; others are starting their degree work from the beginning. All cohorts have experience in DPS classrooms, rang- ing from two to 20 years.

Dayton campus advantages

Attending classes at CSU-Dayton is a natural fit for this group. The Day- ton campus offers the evening classes these paraprofessionals need right in their own community, which allows them to work during the day and not travel far to get their degree.

CSU-Dayton campus opened for

the 2007-2008 academic year. It is located in the former Reynolds and Reynolds building at 840 Germantown Street. It has almost 24,000 square feet of classroom and a small auditorium space. The campus is on the RTA bus line and has plenty of lighted parking.

The DPS paraprofession-

als find other nontraditional students at the campus. Most of the students at CSU-Dayton are employed and many have children, so professors are quite skilled in teaching nontradi- tional adult students.

“This partnership allows Central State University to help Dayton Pub- lic Schools reach one of their goals,”

Closing the achievement gap “T

Professors, students, community leaders, business owners and citizens gathered together to learn more about closing the achievement gap during the “Too Many Children Left Be- hind” community forum held at the CSU-Dayton campus.

The forum was a deliberate democ- racy dialogue sponsored by the Ket- tering Foundation (www.kettering. org), an independent, nonpartisan research organization doing coopera- tive research to identify and address the challenges to making democracy work. The forum was also spon- sored by CSU and the Dayton and Wilberforce Chapters of the Links,

said Dr. Harper. “This is just one of the many collaborations that we see in the future, as we work with school systems to meet their needs.”

COVER PHOTO: CSU’s Dr. Jean Harper (center) and Cheryl Marcus (right) talk with paraprofessional students about classes and plans for the future.

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent, Lori Ward addresses paraprofessionals class.

oo Many Children Left Behind ” forum is held at CSU–Dayton Incorporated.

The facilitated discussion centered around school and teacher account- ability, financial equity and funding, and the social issues impacting suc- cessful performance in school.

“The real goal of the discussion is to help the community take responsibil- ity for education by not assuming that performance is only within the realm of the educators and the schools,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, Special Assistant to the President for External Rela- tions. Kim Casey of the Kettering Foundation led the discussion, assist- ed by trained CSU student facilitators

senior Michael Copeland and junior April Malone, education majors.

“What was particularly exciting was the strong forum sessions, as attend- ees decided the next steps they can take to achieve goals,” Ms. Jones-Kel- ley said. “Several people made com- mitments to mentor young people at risk; others want to engage parents of the students. One group wants to have conversations with the state legislature; another group wants to become involved in media relations.”

Task force meetings and additional discussion forums were planned.


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