JCU and K–12 collaborate despite COVID-19

In addition to providing award-winning programming to K–12 students across the country, the Cleveland Clinic K–12 Education School Programs team continues to forge a valuable partnership with John Carroll University (JCU).

In collaboration with JCU English professor Tom Pace, PhD, the K–12 team mentored 13 students enrolled in Dr. Pace’s Professional Writing course this spring. The students worked in teams to complete real-world writing projects for Cleveland Clinic, including a grant proposal, a feature-length news article, and an award nomination proposal.

Initially, students were given the opportunity to engage with the K–12 team on campus where they learned more about the department’s history and mission, and the details of each group assignment. The day of that initial meeting, however, the university announced an extended spring break due to the growing concern around COVID-19, and soon transitioned to an online platform for the remainder of the school year.

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Stay-at-home orders, though, did not diminish the K–12 team’s desire to engage Dr. Pace’s students, nor the students’ commitment to complete quality work. Through the same webinar technology used for K–12 connected learning programs, students were able to share their progress, receive K–12 team feedback, and present their final products.

These local college students demonstrated incredible resilience in the face of adversity, completing quality projects to help Cleveland Clinic better engage K–12 students across the region and around the world. The K–12 Education School Programs Department thanks and applauds Dr. Pace and his students for their hard work and resolve, and looks forward to continued collaboration with JCU in the years ahead.