News & Updates

State Board recommends extending relaxed graduation requirements
At its January meeting, the State Board of Education voted to recommend to lawmakers that the eased graduation requirements for the class of 2018 be extended to students slated to graduate in 2019 and 2020.  Read more

“New” state report cards would be subject to change under proposed bill
Ohio House Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) has announced his intent to introduce legislation aimed at revamping state report cards slated for full implementation for the current school year, with overall A-F grades to be assigned for the first time for the 2017-2018 school year.  Read more

Religious expression” bill introduced
State Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R-Chagrin Falls) and Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) have reintroduced legislation passed by the House in the previous legislative session, but stalled in the Senate, aimed at providing clarity on how schools and districts should address faith-based organizations and events.  Read more

Computer science an alternative to selected math, science courses under new law
Computer science an alternative to selected math, science courses under new law Gov. John Kasich (R-Westerville) recently signed House Bill 170 – legislation that adds computer science instruction as an option to several of the prescribed subjects in the state minimum high school curriculum – into state law effective March 22, 2018Read more

OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal announced
Ohio high school students can now earn recognition by showing they are prepared to contribute to the workplace and their communities.  Read more

Pre-school digital learning resources available
The Ohio Department of Education recently announced that parents and educators now have a new resource to help three- to five-year-old children prepare for school through the INFOhio Early Learning Portal. The easy-to-navigate site contains more than 50 websites and applications chosen and evaluated by educators and librarians with expertise in early learning and literacy.

The portal helps pre-school children:  learn letters, numbers and basic knowledge; interact with other children and adults; engage in meaningful play; and, develop focus and problem-solving skills. Learn more here

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Workshops and Events

Special Education Updates - Postponed
Special education administrators and teachers often find our knowledge and practices of procedural safeguards for compliant special education programs being challenged by changing trends and unwritten expectations. In collaboration with the state support team, these sessions will provide participants with consistent and updated information on the current status of Ohio special education procedural requirements and the school’s obligation for compliance.

Elementary Reading-Writing Connection
This workshop will allow teachers of grades K-5 to develop additional ideas and skill in literacy instruction. Learn how to use complex informational and literacy text appropriate to
students’ readability levels, and to have students demonstrate their comprehension through written responses.
February 15, 2018. Cleveland. 10 AM-3 PM. Register online

Math Really Is Fun!
In this session, participants will engage in some interesting, challenging, yet easily accessible problems to give a vision of what math class could be like!
February 28, 2018. Cleveland. 10 AM-3 PM. Register online
March 1, 2018. Columbus. 10 AM-3 PM. Register online

Increasing Student Effort
This seminar focuses more deeply on effective lesson delivery components, in particular student responsibility for learning. Participants will learn how to teach students how to self-assess and increase learning effort. Concepts about student motivation and students as agents of their own learning will be explored.
March 9, 2018. Columbus. 10 AM-2 PM.  Register online
March 16, 2018. Cleveland. 10 AM-2 PM. Register online

Survival Spanish
The next student who may register at your school may speak only Spanish! This seminar will teach you common Spanish phrases and school language, enough to initiate some basic conversations with your student. Jay Paroda, an experienced instructor in facilitating adult conversational Spanish courses, will partner with BCHF to offer this valuable one-day training.
March 14, 2018 Columbus 10 AM-3 PM Register online

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