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Academy enriches teachers

LCESC program a tradition for more than a decade

The Lawrence County Educational Service Center Summer Academy 2017 is in its second week at Ohio University Southern, providing numerous opportunities for area teachers.

The program is a collaboration between the Educational Service Center, Ohio University Southern for hosting the academy and Shawnee State University for offering college credit for the courses.
Participants are able to earn up to four semester hours of college credit from Shawnee State University.

“Teachers grow constantly and always want to get better at what they do, and we’re providing that for them,” Julie Mayo, Lawrence County ESC special education supervisor and organizer of the academy, said. “The summer academy has been going on for more than 10 years, and this collaboration allows us to provide rich, professional, development opportunities for teachers of multiple counties.”

The summer academy lasts two weeks each year, and features numerous instructors offering courses in a variety of areas, including technology, early literacy and how to reach all students.

The academy began Monday, June 5 with the first week concluding Thursday, June 8. The second week began Monday and will wrap up Thursday. Two courses were offered each day.

“We’ve concluded the first week, and the evaluations have been outstanding,” Mayo said. “Opportunities for teachers keep growing. We know that teachers just want to improve, and through this academy, we’re facilitating that for them.”