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The City is Our Campus Project

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Dr. Molly Buckley, an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education, has been awarded a 2019 LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant from the National Writing Project (NWP). The project, titled The City is Our Campus: Amplifying Youth Voice, Expanding Youth Space, has received $20,000 in funding. During the 15-month program, 9th graders will identify, research, and act on a community issue related to the larger theme, “The City is Our Campus.”

NWP is funded by the US Department of Education, and focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.


STEMM Conference 2019

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We are preparing for 220 teachers and STEM professionals to join us for the 12th annual CSU STEM Education Conference!

Check out the schedule at



Dr. Jackson Serving as Interim Department Chair in Teacher Education

Dr. Debbie Jackson Interim Department Chair Teacher Education

Congratulations to Dr. Debbie Jackson who has accepted the role of Interim Department Chair in Teacher Education. Dr. Jackson will officially start her new responsibilities on July 15.

Teacher Education Department Chair Taking on new Role

Dr. Tachelle Banks Interim Associate Dean for Faculty and External Affairs

Dr. Tachelle Banks, the current Department Chair in Teacher Education, will begin her role as Interim Associate Dean for Faculty and External Affairs starting July 1.

CSU Scholar News

Teacher Education Faculty, Roland Pourdavood Featured in CSU Scholar News

Dr. Roland G. Pourdavood is a professor of mathematics education in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS). His research includes the areas of teacher dialogue and critical reflections to facilitate teacher change and school reform. Autopoiesis and social constructivist theories, which recognize the importance of individual identity, individual autonomy, and the notion of context, inform much of his work.

Dr. Pourdavood joined CSU in 1996, and in 2004 he was awarded a Fulbright Research / Lecture award for South Africa. He has published 44 articles in refereed journals and has presented over 90 conference papers. He has presented at national and international meetings while also focusing on the improvement of mathematics education regionally through regular interaction with classroom teachers and school leaders.

AACTE Partnering with Cleveland State University in Reducing the Special Education Teacher Shortage

Led by Dr. Tachelle Banks, Chair of the Teacher Education Department, Cleveland State University has been chosen to be one of just 10 preparation programs from across the country by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) to participate in the Reducing the Shortage of Special Education Teachers Networked Improvement Community (NIC) supported by the CEEDAR Center.

NIC aims to address the problem of the shortage and lack of diversity of fully prepared and credentialed special education teachers in public schools across the nation. Click here to Read more:



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Recruiting and Networking Event!

April 12, 2017   5:30-7pm

Hosted by The Cleveland Area Minority Educators Recruitment Association (CAMERA) to discuss employment opportunities with administrators from member districts.

Member districts include: Barberton, Bedford, Berea, Canton, Cleveland Hts-University Hts, Copley, Fairlawn, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Lakewood, Lorain, Maple Heights, Nordonia Hills, Orange, Painesville, Parma, PEP, Rocky River, Shaker Hts, South Euclid-Lyndhurst, and Twinsburg

Location: Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County,  6393 Oak Tree Blvd.  in Independence, OH 44131

Click HERE to register!

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For more information, please visit the Breakthrough Schools website at:


February 1st and 7th- MUST Info Sessions!

For additional information about MUST, click here!



Congratulations Dr. Parker!

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Dr. Denisha Parker, one of the department’s part-time instructors, was named News Channel 5’s Teacher of the week for her terrific teaching abilities at Rowland Elementary School! Way to go!!


Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators is offering a teaching grant for college seniors!

Deadline: March 1, 2017

CLICK HERE for more information and to access the application!


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The innovative and influential partnership between Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Campus International School continues to earn national notice. The partnership has been recognized with the 2016 Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Impact Award from the Council of Great City Schools. CSU President Ronald M. Berkman and CMSD Superintendent Eric Gordon accepted the honor on behalf of both organizations at the Council’s annual meeting in Miami October 19. This is the second time in the last five years that CSU and the CMSD have received this honor.

The Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Impact Award recognizes an outstanding partnership between a university and an urban school district that has had a positive and significant impact on student learning and educational outcomes.



Wednesday, December 7, 2016  10:00am to 1:00pm 

Joyce Brooks Center in Canfield, Ohio. 

On site interviews will be conducted so candidates should bring a current copy of their resume, references, background checks, credentials and any other items that would contribute to the interview process.

Click the below for further information and to register:


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ATTENTION Early Childhood Education Students:

What?:  Early Childhood Business & Leadership Conference
When?:  October 28-29
Where?:  Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center (Sandusky, OH)
Additional Information: Student discounts available.  Click HERE to register!

Inclusion Conference
September 18-20, 2016

"Meeting the Challenge of Inclusive Excellence: Advancing Diversity in Higher Education, Non-Profit and Private Institutions"
Dynamic presentations, dialogue and networking!
Free for CSU students, faculty, and staff!

Visit for more information and to register.


Click for a list of important dates re: practicum/student teaching and more! 

APPLY NOW for a 2016-17 College of Education and Human Services SCHOLARSHIP!!

Click HERE to download an application. Good luck!

The 17th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference

October 20 – 21, 2016
Cleveland, OH
Priority Deadline for Proposal Submissions:  JUNE 30, 2016
Click HERE >  or visit website above for more info! 


North Coast Shared Services Alliance Regional Teacher Job Fair!

Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County (Located in Independence)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016  10:00am-1:00pm

For more information about the event, click >>HERE<<

Job Fair

HBCU Preparatory Schools
Saturday, May 7, 2016  9am-3pm
12601 Shaker Blvd.  Cleveland, OH 44120

On-site interviews will be held for Full- and Part- Time positions seeking Teachers, Teacher's Aide, Intervention Specialists, Administrative Staff, Custodial Services, Food Service and more.

For more information or to register for employment interview, call (216) 860-3581 or email at


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Dr. Tachelle Banks, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education has been named one of 2016's Ten "Women of Influence" in the CSU Community by the Cleveland State University Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.  The women were nominated for the award and selected by a committee for their contributions to the betterment of the campus community and assistance to others in their personal and professional development

In addition to this honor- Dr. Banks has also recently been promoted from Associate Professor to Full Professor! What an excellent accomplishment!  

(March 2016)


Dr. Anthony Menendez has been named one of two recipients of Cleveland State University College of Education and Human Services (CEHS)'s annual Technology Award.  The CEHS Technology Committee, made up of eight faculty and staff and one student across four CEHS departments; the Center for Educational Technologies; the Education Student Services Center; the Dean’s Office; and Information Services and Technology, selected winners based on innovative use of technology between Spring 2015 and Fall 2016.

Dr. Menendez, an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA), developed a road map to teach both undergraduate (Course No. ESE 411) and graduate (Course No. ESE 511) students to graph academic and/or behavioral data using Microsoft Excel versus the traditional hand-drawn method of graphing.

In order to implement the technology, Dr. Menendez recorded a step-by-step video demonstration of the Excel graphing method in the Cleveland State studio.  He supplemented that video with a Word Document that students could download and utilize while viewing.  Dr. Menendez was able to assess his students in the special education content area via a graphing assignment within Taskstream.  The digital video task analysis served to gauge the ability of graduate students in the visual representation and analysis of graphed numerical data. 

Excellent work Dr. Menendez!


"The Ohio 8"

On-site Interviews with Representatives from 8 of the largest school districts throughout Ohio! Open to upcoming grads and experienced teachers!
Click HERE for more info.  For more info still, you may e-mail

Sat. MARCH 12, 2016,  9aM-3PM

Embassy Suites North
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive
Columbus, OH  43231


Breakthrough Schools

Come meet current teachers and school leaders and learn about wonderful career opportunities at 12 different Cleveland schools! 
Click HERE to register and for more info.

THURS. MARCH 10, 2016,  5:30PM-7:30PM

The Prep's School's Cliffs Campus Gym
1417 E. 36th St.  Cleveland, OH  44114

Brevard Public Schools

School Administrators will be on-site conducting interviews and extending tentative offers for employment!  *MUST REGISTER and fill out application to attend (see further instructions by clicking link BELOW)! 
Click HERE to register and for more info.

Fri. MARCH 11, 2016,  8aM-12PM

Viera High School
6103 Stadium Parkway | Viera, FL 32940 
321-633-1000 Ext. 296

EVENT: STEM K-8 Sharing/Informational Meeting

Come join STEM educators from across Northeast Ohio to share implementation experiences, best practices, current initiatives, student achievement and all things STEM. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Cleveland State University, Julka Hall, 1st Floor Atrium

RSVP REQUIRED: Please Click here for more information

January 2016:
The ESL Program is proud to announce that it has received a 4-year accreditation renewal from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education! Congratulations!

Congratulations, Dr. Jim Moore! 
Dr. Jim Moore, an associate professor of social studies education in Cleveland State University’s Teacher Education Department, has been named the 2014-15 Cleveland State Non-Disciplined Faculty Mentor of the Year.  Dr. Moore was presented with an engraved silver-plated mug to commemorate the accomplishment. The award is on behalf of the McNair Scholars Program which supports undergraduate students’ scholarly activities throughout the academic year and summer. 
Dr. Moore was recognized for his work this year mentoring Michael Keller, a science and mathematics major.  “Mike is an excellent student,” said Dr. Moore.  “It was an honor to mentor him.”
The two first met when Keller was a student in a diversity class taught by Dr. Moore.  During the year, Dr. Moore met with Keller once per month with the goal of preparing Keller for graduate school.  Since Keller isn’t a social studies education major, Dr. Moore was classified as a non-disciplined mentor.             
The McNair Scholars Program is named after Ronald McNair, one of the seven astronauts killed in the Challenger disaster in 1986.
You can learn more about Dr. Moore by checking out his recent Faculty Spotlight here.

Congratulations, Dr. Joanne Goodell!


Dr. Joanne Goodell, Professor in Cleveland State University’s Department of Teacher Education since 1999, has been selected to be an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. Forty-seven Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.
Teacher Education congratulates Joanne and celebrates her breadth of service to the department, college and the greater University.

Congratulations to Kristen Schuler and Benjamin Schwartz!
Teacher Education students Kristen Schuler and Benjamin Schwartz have been awarded $2,000 scholarships by the Ohio Space Grant Consortium. The scholarship included admission to a NASA Education workshop at the Ohio Aerospace Institute. Kristen is a CSUteach student who is pursuing licensure in mathematics and physics.  Benjamin is a post-bac student who is also pursuing A/YA licensure in mathematics and physics.