Lake Erie College launches online courses in RESA preparation and remediation


Building onto the College’s newly established online learning initiatives, the School of Education and Professional Studies at Lake Erie College is launching a series of online professional development courses for educators in the State of Ohio.

Centered on RESA, the Ohio Department of Education’s Resident Educator Summative Assessment, the courses will begin on August 29, 2016. RESA launched in 2011 as a performance-based assessment that beginning teachers in Ohio must pass each of their first four years in the classroom. The goal of the assessment is to ensure resident educators can design and implement instruction that engages students in complex thinking and uses formative and summative assessments to inform teaching practices.

With three course options available, the RESA courses at Lake Erie College offer unique support for teachers at all phases of the RESA process. Coursework is geared toward both preparation for the assessment and remediation following unsuccessful outcomes, allowing teachers to participate in the courses at any point of the RESA process. Lake Erie College is the only institution offering remedial online courses of this nature.

“These online courses are representative of Lake Erie College's ongoing commitment to serving the professional development needs of educators in Ohio,” said Dr. Bryan DePoy, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer. “Courses such as this are evidence of the innovative means by which we serve the region.”

The courses will be taught by two Lake Erie College alumni: Heather Knapp, who teaches at Youngstown Excellence Academy and is a State Certified RESA Facilitator, and Brittany Ortiz, M.Ed., who teaches in Hudson City School District.

“We are thrilled to have two LEC alumni come full circle to co-instruct the RESA courses,” said Dr. Katharine Delavan, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies and associate professor and coordinator of early childhood education. “They have achieved great success in their teaching careers and will now be able to share their skills with new teachers.”  

Since successful completion of RESA is required in order for educators in their first four years of teaching to maintain their teaching licenses, Lake Erie College’s preparatory and remedial courses offer a valuable means for helping educators in the State of Ohio achieve success.

Details regarding course descriptions and costs per credit is available at For more information on the RESA preparation and remediation online courses at Lake Erie College, contact Dr. Delavan at

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