The Baldwin Wallace University-Strongsville High School partnership on the
development of a high school writing center was recently featured at the GEAR UP
OHIO Conference in Columbus. The College Now program, which is working with
schools throughout the State of Ohio, is using the partnership that has been
cultivated between our two institutions as a model for what secondary schools
and institutions of higher learning can do in their regions.
Dr. Susan Oldrieve, BW Professor of English and Associate Dean of the
School of Humanities, and Mr. Brian Tumino, SHS Assistant Principal and
Secondary Curriculum Liaison, were the featured presenters on the morning of
June 23, 2015. Mr. Tumino discussed the evolution of Strongsville Writing
Center/Academic Lab and the many benefits it has provided for the students of
SHS. He then discussed how Strongsville became involved with Baldwin Wallace
through the High School-Higher Education Alignment program coordinated through
the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County. Dr. Oldrieve focused her
comments on how the university provided students to work as writing coaches and
to discuss the importance of being ready for the changes students will
experience when transitioning to becoming college freshmen. The high school
students learned skills to enhance their reading and writing skills for college
readiness. Faculty exchanges and professional development for professors and
teachers were incorporated into the project.
Dr. Oldrieve also discussed how she and Nadine Grimm of the ESC have been
working on funding opportunities to continue the work involved in the project.
Last year, they were able to gain funding through the Martha Holden Jennings
Foundation and several endowments at Baldwin Wallace. It is hoped that further
funding can be ascertained to expand the program and perhaps add a component to
provide for tutoring in mathematics.