Susan R Rakow, Ph.D.
 Title: Clinical Associate Professor
 Dept: Curriculum & Foundations
 Office: JH 374
 Phone: 216-523-7296
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 374, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Middle school and gifted education
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction: Middle School and Gifted Education, Kent State University, 1994
M.Ed., Curriculum and Foundations: Reading, Cleveland State University, 1979
B.A., English, SUNY at Buffalo, 1971
Brief Bio:
     After teaching middle school and gifted students for 30 years, Susan Rakow is now a tenured Clinical  Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations at Cleveland State University. In addition to her secondary English, Reading,  and Gifted certifications, Susan is also a National Board Certified teacher (EA/ELA) and a PRAXIS III Assessor. She is now sharing her experience and expertise by teaching courses that prepare new secondary and gifted teachers.  She is directing the graduate program in gifted education.
     Susan started an AP Teacher Support network in collaboration with the GCEDC (Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center.) She was the chair of the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) Middle Grades Division and serves on the national Network Communications Committee. She initiated the Middle Grades Division newsletter "Middle Matters" and has served as its editor. At the state level, Susan is the Chair of the OAGC (Ohio Association for Gifted Children) Higher Education Division.
     Susan has presented at state and national conferences around the country and has been a consultant for many of Ohio's school districts as they strive to improve their gifted programming, particularly at the middle school level.
     In collaboration with CSU's Honors Program and College of Science, she received grants in 2007, 2008, and 2009 from the Ohio Department of Education for Summer Honors Institutes  for gifted 9th and 10th graders. Participants  have had the opportunity to courses taught by university faculty including Flying Circus of Physics, Mathematical Kaleidoscope, Connections, Art, Creative Writing, and Political Science.  In addition, mentoring was provided by CSU  Honors Program students.
     Susan is committed to helping schools and teachers to attain the twin goals of excellence and equity by meeting the needs of all of their students, including those with gifts and talents.   She and her husband raised two gifted children who  grew into intelligent, accomplished, loving adults. She also has two delightful grandsons.
Honors and Awards:
2011-2012 Teaching Innovations Grant - "iPads in Preservice Teacher Education" $25,000
2008 College of Education Technology Award
Creative and Activities:
Participant: CSU Imagination Writers' Workshop July 2007
Haiku published June 2007
Research Interests:
Middle Schools and Gifted Programming
Impact of Coaching on Teachers' Differentiation of Instruction
Impact of Administrative Leadership on Gifted Programming and Teachers' Differentiation of Instruction for Gifted Students
Teaching Areas:
Middle School Methods and Management
Philosophy of Middle School Education
Gifted Education (Curriculum, Instruction, Practicum)
Professional Affiliations:
National Association for Gifted Children
National Middle School Association
Association for Supervision and  Curriculum Development
Phi Delta Kappa
Ohio Association for Gifted Children
Professional Experience:
University Teaching (1978-Present)
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
08/05-Present Assistant Clinical Professor, Curriculum and Instruction/Gifted Education
Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH
6/03-6/04 Assistant Professor, Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP), a
one year Masters/Licensure program. Taught Foundations of Education, Balanced Literacy, Advanced Human Growth and Development (Adolescence), Content Area Studies.
Advisor for the AYA cohort. Internship Supervisor
Ashland University, Elyria, OH
1998-2003 National Board Certification and You
National Board Certification II
Startsmart: Making the Transition to Professional Educator
Differentiating Instruction for the Gifted, Talented and High Achieving Students
Frameworks: Understanding Danielsons Model of Distinguished Teaching Performance
Teacher Leadership
(designed and taught all workshops and courses)
Kent State University , Kent, OH
1995-1998 Startsmart: Making the Transition to Professional Educator
1997 Gifted Program Design and Administration
1995 Instructional Processes for Gifted Children
1992 Teaching Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom
1989 Approaches to Teaching
KSU Junior High/Middle School Staff Dev. Program
John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
1991 Reading in the Content Area
K-12 Teaching
9/2001- Beachwood City Schools Coordinator of Gifted Education
6/2003 Coordinated implementation of HB282. Expanded services to high school and primary grade students. Coordinated teachers meetings and development of WEPs.
1983- Gifted Intervention Specialist, Beachwood Middle School
2003 Designed and implemented the middle school gifted program. Provided resource services to regular classroom teachers.
1996-8 Seventh Grade/Specials Team Leader and Advisory Coordinator Facilitated implementation of advisory program, interdisciplinary units and team concept in decision-making. Assisted in development of team-based discipline .

1990- Mentor Teacher Designed and implemented the entry year teacher present program and served as mentor for new teachers and lead mentor.
University Service:
CSU Honors Council
CSU COE Teacher Education Council
Professional Service:
Berea City Schools
Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools
Lake County ESC
Illinois Association for Gifted Children (invited presenter)
Ohio Association for Gifted Children (invited presenter)
East Cleveland City Schools
Jewish Education Center of Cleveland
Community Service:
Group Leader: Cleveland Zazen Group
Research Grants:
Martha Holden Jennings "Cluster Grouping" (with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights CSD) 2005
Martha Holden Jennings "Differentiation of Instruction (with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights CSD) 2006