Western Reserve University and Cleveland Normal School


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Western Reserve University and Cleveland Normal School

The advent of World War I brought to light the importance of cultivating an educated populace; concerns over high rates of illiteracy and foreign communities accompanied a general sense that the training of teachers needed improvement. Despite this new-found emphasis on education, enrollment at teachers' colleges was on the decline. The remedy lay in transforming the public's understanding of teaching as a profession, while giving opportunities for specialized training and career advancement to educators. As a response to the changing times – as well as increased Ohio teacher certification standards - the Cleveland School of Education was created in 1918 through collaboration between the Cleveland Board of Education, Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Normal School. The Cleveland School of Education provided professional training for public school teachers, and offered specialized courses for in-service educators. Employed in 1921, Ellis Persing’s work at the school was intimately tied to this endeavor of professionalizing Cleveland’s teaching staff.


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