No matter how you look at it, 2020 shined a light on what is important for us individually and as a society. At the College of Education and Human Ecology, the year was marked by tremendous work of the college’s faculty, staff, students and alumni, and the generosity to support our children’s literacy initiatives. We continue to advance these important issues. We are proud to again share some of the stories that mattered in 2020.


Woman and girl read book together as part of Reading Recovery intervention program

Professor emerita donates $7.5M to EHE, largest individual gift in college’s history

Gay Su Pinnell's gift will help support college programs for children's literacy and reading, including two endowed professorships. She helped bring Reading Recovery to the United States 35 years ago. She committed another $2 million to support Literacy Collaborative later in 2020. Read Story


An Ohio State Master of Education student in her field experience helps two high school students with an in-class assignment.

How to become a teacher: An Ohio guide

A comprehensive guide on steps it takes to become a teacher in Ohio and how Ohio State can get you the education and experience to make a difference in kids’ lives. The guide includes the types of teachers and licenses, education requirements, how much teachers are paid and the career paths available with a degree in education.  Read Story


Girl studies math from a teacher online alongside her stuffed bunny

How to educate during a pandemic

As it became clearer that COVID-19 would disrupt education at all levels for a substantial period of time, experts from Education and Human Ecology shared lessons learned from past emergencies and how to address the challenges of teaching children during a crisis.  Read Story


A student studies notes in a library

What coronavirus has taught us about college

Higher ed’s sudden plunge into remote learning during 2020 taught us some things about educating college students during a pandemic. EHE experts offer four takeaways.  Read Story


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Faculty diversity rising

With new faculty joining Education and Human Ecology for the 2020-21 academic year, the professoriate of the college is now 30% people of color – a two-year increase of 8%.  Read Story


Kids excitedly respond to a science experiment reaction

The rising crisis in American STEM

Women and minorities remain woefully underrepresented in STEM fields. Why the solution starts in colleges of education, not in colleges of engineering, math and sciences.  Read Story


teacher reading a children's book outside

Back to school in trying times

The whiplash of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice in America has unleashed a peculiar kind of chaos on teachers and school administrators. The college is stepping forward to help address the challenges.  Read Story


Standing on the right side of history

STEM Education student Che Jackson knows firsthand what it's like to be judged for the color of his skin. He and many others in central Ohio protested systemic racism in May. His experience struck a chord with the Columbus mayor, who would later announce changes to how police interact with those demonstrating for change.  Read Story


College student sitting on elementary classroom floor

When schools closed, this student teacher got busy

When COVID-19 erased Katie Konrad's chance for student teaching in an actual classroom, she found creative ways to remotely engage with her teacher mentor and first-graders in Hilliard, Ohio.  Read Story

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