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ENGAGE brings high school faculty to College

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Chemistry Professor Mary Repaske (center) demonstrates "crime lab analysis" techniques to high school teachers at ENGAGE: Faculty

On June 21, about 50 high school teachers from throughout the region gathered at the Clifton Campus for ENGAGE: Faculty, a day of professional development activities led by Cincinnati State faculty and staff members.

ENGAGE: Faculty is one of three annual ENGAGE events that bring high school students, teachers, counselors, and others to the Clifton Campus to gain first-hand knowledge about the College's academic programs.

For this year's ENGAGE: Faculty event, high school teachers selected a "track" corresponding to a College academic division, and then attended their choices from 20 different learning sessions conducted by nearly 30 College faculty and staff members.

Activities included a multi-part, interactive simulation of the steps required to plan and open a new restaurant/catering service, a forensic analysis of a crime scene, an introduction to cloud computing, an exploration of water treatment/purification, tutorials on use of technological tools like lasers and specialized software, and many other topics.

Some sessions focused on techniques and concerns for educators, such as creating inclusive classrooms, contextualizing classroom content, and using language to engage students.

The day concluded with an optional session on learning about and sampling microbrew beers. All attending high school teachers received a certificate recognizing their participation in ENGAGE: Faculty.

Several session presenters said the high school teachers seemed to appreciate the day of learning.

Tom Bauer, instructor of Criminal Justice, and a session leader for Forensic Analysis of a Crime Scene, said, "The teachers were impressed with the connections between the hands-on experience of analyzing a crime scene and the academic experience of analysis in the chemistry lab. Several expressed interest in using a similar activity for their students."

Mike Chaney, Program Chair for Respiratory Care, said, "The teachers were very attentive, and it was a very enjoyable day."

Physical Sciences Professor Terry Endres commented that participants were "... curious and interested. They asked good questions, and often contributed to the discussion on how the demonstrations could apply to their classes."

Paralegal Program Chair Laura Drake, who led participants on a walk from the Main Building to the Greenhouse, said the high school teachers "enjoyed the amazing landscape on the campus, and were really impressed with the Greenhouse, especially when they learned that all the plants were grown from seed by the Landscaping/Horticulture students and Greenhouse staff.“

Business Division Dean Linda Schaffeld reported that at least one participant asked "if it would be okay if they attended again next year, because they learned so much."

Other faculty and staff session leaders who contributed to the day's learning activities included Jason Banks, Kristen Bowen, Mark Deacon, Elias Feghali, Larry Feist, Michele Geers, Jennifer Geiger, Carla Gesell-Streeter, Tina Gilliand, Heather Hatchett, Julee Johns, Betsy LaSorella, Jeff Lovins, Laura Morris, Mike Mueller, Sandy Owen, Gail Quinlan, Chantae Recasner, Mary Repaske, Janet Schlaak, Ed Sunderhaus, Leesha Thrower, and Paul Weingartner.

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