Education Majors Get Diverse Experience Teaching In Urban Schools

by Mackenzie Stasko on November 1, 2013 at 6:44 am

Future educators at Ohio University are learning what it’s like to teach in urban schools.

Sophomores majoring in education, enrolled in a specific education class at Ohio University-Zanesville, the main campus and other area branches, spent four days outside of their comfort zone in Columbus City Schools learning what it’s like to teach students in a diverse, urban school setting.

"At the end of that experience, they have a symposium where students from Athens, the main campus, and all of our regional campuses get together and we have speakers, we have panels of teachers and principals from rural and urban schools," said OUZ assistant professor Dr. Beverly Bell.

At the conference, students were able to ask teachers and principals any questions they might have and discuss their first-hand experience in the classroom. OUZ Assistant Professor Kaye Martin said the four day experience is an opportunity to prepare the future educators to teach anywhere.

"And we do find there are cultural differences between rural and urban areas, and suburban areas," explained Martin. "So we do focus on diversity of students and meeting students needs whatever they’re culture and background is."

This is the 5th year for the conference, which was sponsored by the Rural Urban Collaborative.