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on friday nov. 15, teacher education students and professionals gathered on the campus of ohio christian university where they discussed ohio’s new “each child our future” education plan. the event featured government and education professionals with insight on the new plan and how it will affect education now and in the future.

the ohio department of education’s vision for the plan is for each child to be challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path, and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society. the plan pulls together three core principles, four learning domains, and ten priority strategies to support the whole child and help ohio achieve its goal to help students succeed following graduation.

the speakers represented a broad range of knowledge and insight about youth and education. these speakers included paulo demaria, state superintendent; gary sherer, state representative; melanie swisher, associate director of the paint valley adamh board; among several others.

some of the topics covered during the day included “social-emotional learning in the classroom today,” “funding education,” and “christians on campus – the new radical.”

one session titled “the future of education – where do we go from here?” featured speakers demaria; jonathan davis, superintendent of circleville city schools; and meg kilgannon from the family research council. one of the key points of this session was that education should be moving toward greater flexibility for those who do not wish to pursue a traditional four-year degree upon receiving their diploma. “be open to all of the options,” davis said.

teacher education students kerri adkins (’20), baylee depugh (’19), makayla harr (‘20), and jordan wilson (’20) also spoke. the group had the opportunity to travel to sweden over the summer with the education department, led by dr. valerie jones, teacher education department chair and dr. jeanne r. bruce, ed.d. at the summit, they shared about their experience and what they learned about the swedish educational system.

the swedish educational system is one of the top-ranked in the world, and they have similarities to the “each child our future” plan. in sweden, they focus on educating the whole child and letting the student choose a career path that interests them.

a core mission of ohio christian university is to prepare students to be a light in their chosen fields. with professional development opportunities such as the education summit, students are equipped to serve with greater efficiency in the church and society as they enter an educational system that utilizes this plan.

articles of interest

Orientation staff

incoming campus students attend summer orientation

Orientation staff

published: july 13, 2020

on july 10th, ohio christian university welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first orientation day of the summer. orientation days are for incoming students to the undergraduate campus program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. ocu had several covid-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizing stations to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus. ocu president dr. jon s. kulaga welcomed the students and encouraged them to be part of god’s story. students and
on july 10th, ohio christian university welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first orientation day of the summer. orientation days are for incoming students to the undergraduate campus program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. ocu had several covid-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing
on july 10th, ohio christian university welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first orientation day of the summer. orientation days are for incoming students to the undergraduate campus
Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

dr. melvin maxwell graduates to glory

Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

published: july 4, 2020

melvin maxwell was known as a powerful man of god and prayer warrior by those who knew him. on saturday, july 4, 2020, dr. maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his savior whom he loved. he was born in georgetown, ohio, on november 15, 1921, and grew up during the great depression. though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and raised him and his brother millard to follow christ no matter how hard the situation. on august 25, 1942, maxwell married his wife, laura. they had three children together: lawrence (larry), john, and
melvin maxwell was known as a powerful man of god and prayer warrior by those who knew him. on saturday, july 4, 2020, dr. maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his savior whom he loved. he was born in georgetown, ohio, on november 15, 1921, and grew up during the great depression. though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and
melvin maxwell was known as a powerful man of god and prayer warrior by those who knew him. on saturday, july 4, 2020, dr. maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with
CampusvisitsArticle Photo

prospective students have many options to experience campus this summer

CampusvisitsArticle Photo

published: june 4, 2020

ohio christian university is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our undergraduate campus program over the summer and help them experience ocu: option 1: individual campus visits ohio christian university is now open for prospective students to visit campus. the university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. learn more. option 2: virtual preview day join us for a virtual preview day on friday, june 26th! learn why students choose ocu, ask our panelists questions, virtually tour campus, win prizes,
ohio christian university is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our undergraduate campus program over the summer and help them experience ocu: option 1: individual campus visits ohio christian university is now open for prospective students to visit campus. the university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. 
ohio christian university is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our undergraduate campus program over the summer and help them experience ocu: option 1:
Lauren Ray Highlight

alumni spotlight: lauren ray

Lauren Ray Highlight

published: april 26, 2020

circleville, oh – a familiar face is once again killing it for ohio christian university, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. lauren ray, a 2018 emergency and disaster management graduate of ocu, currently serves as the assistant director of student life – housing and discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. lady trailblazer volleyball fans will remember lauren as a key member of the program, playing for the team for three seasons (2015-17). originally from canal winchester, oh, lauren transferred into ocu following her freshman year at ohio university,
circleville, oh – a familiar face is once again killing it for ohio christian university, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. lauren ray, a 2018 emergency and disaster management graduate of ocu, currently serves as the assistant director of student life – housing and discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. lady trailblazer volleyball fans will remember lauren
circleville, oh – a familiar face is once again killing it for ohio christian university, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. lauren ray, a 2018 emergency and disaster management
Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country image

Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country

Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country image

published: march 18, 2020

ohio christian university’s online bachelor of arts in emergency
ohio christian university’s online bachelor of arts in emergency
ohio christian university’s online bachelor of arts in emergency

archived articles of interest

behind the scenes: inside festival of carols image

behind the scenes: inside festival of carols

behind the scenes: inside festival of carols image

published: december 3, 2018

by amber ginter ‘19 behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s festival of carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  the choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. the actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming effortlessness. learning choreography with live choirs singing was a challenge that movements from the heart (mfth), the creative movement team, met in the practice time afforded before the first
by amber ginter ‘19 behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s festival of carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  the choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. the actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming
by amber ginter ‘19 behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s festival of carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative
hands-on teaching: ocu professor keeps science 'fun' image

hands-on teaching: ocu professor keeps science 'fun'

hands-on teaching: ocu professor keeps science 'fun' image

published: november 19, 2018

by steven collins, senior reporter, circleville herald photo by nancy radcliff, chief photographer​, circleville herald circleville herald, november 14, 2018 when teaching, rolanda hurtt believes a hands-on approach is a way to keep both students and teachers interested and engaged. hurtt, an affiliate professor in the teacher education department at ohio christian university, shares her hands-on approach with her students who can then pass it on to their students once they are in the classroom. “we always try to have fun,” she said. “i want my students at ocu to enjoy what we’re
by steven collins, senior reporter, circleville herald photo by nancy radcliff, chief photographer​, circleville herald circleville herald, november 14, 2018 when teaching, rolanda hurtt believes a hands-on approach is a way to keep both students and teachers interested and engaged. hurtt, an affiliate professor in the teacher education department at ohio christian university, shares her
by steven collins, senior reporter, circleville herald photo by nancy radcliff, chief photographer​, circleville herald circleville herald, november 14, 2018 when teaching, rolanda hurtt believes
partnership provides online higher education for missionaries image

partnership provides online higher education for missionaries

partnership provides online higher education for missionaries image

published: november 16, 2018

ohio christian university (ocu) and world gospel mission (wgm) are pleased to announce a new partnership that provides education opportunities for wgm full-time missionaries, missionary volunteers, staff members, retirees, and their children. the partnership provides a tuition discount for ocu’s online programs: adult and graduate studies program (ags) for adults and ocuonline plus for 18-24 year-olds. "the ags program is perfect for missionaries in their second career who want another degree to help them in their field and for missionaries who followed god’s call before completing
ohio christian university (ocu) and world gospel mission (wgm) are pleased to announce a new partnership that provides education opportunities for wgm full-time missionaries, missionary volunteers, staff members, retirees, and their children. the partnership provides a tuition discount for ocu’s online programs: adult and graduate studies program (ags) for adults and ocuonline plus for 18-24
ohio christian university (ocu) and world gospel mission (wgm) are pleased to announce a new partnership that provides education opportunities for wgm full-time missionaries, missionary volunteers
a proclamation and prayer of thanksgiving image

a proclamation and prayer of thanksgiving

a proclamation and prayer of thanksgiving image

published: november 14, 2018

by george washington whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty god, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor and--whereas both houses of congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the united states a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of almighty god, especially by affording them an opportunity peacefully to establish a form of government for their safety and
by george washington whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty god, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor and--whereas both houses of congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the united states a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by
by george washington whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty god, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection
thank you veterans image

thank you veterans

thank you veterans image

published: november 6, 2018

each veterans day, ohio christian university remembers the sacrifice of our patriots who serve in the united states armed forces to protect and secure our nation's freedom and safety. the gospel of john reminds us particularly of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice: john 15:13 - "greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends." president donald trump proclaimed november to be national veterans and military families month, saying “i encourage . . . all americans to acknowledge and honor the service, sacrifices, and contributions of veterans and
each veterans day, ohio christian university remembers the sacrifice of our patriots who serve in the united states armed forces to protect and secure our nation's freedom and safety. the gospel of john reminds us particularly of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice: john 15:13 - "greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends." president donald trump
each veterans day, ohio christian university remembers the sacrifice of our patriots who serve in the united states armed forces to protect and secure our nation's freedom and safety. the gospel