News & Updates

New learning standards proposed
Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria recently presented proposed changes to Ohio’s science, financial literacy and social studies learning standards to members of the House and Senate education committees. Read more 

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

KRA usefulness debated as part of education “de-reg” legislation
A wide-ranging de-regulation education bill introduced in Oct. by Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) has been subject to great debate as hearings have been held by the Senate Education Committee.  Read more

Debate continues over State Board’s role, responsibilities
A recent opinion editorial authored by a former senior advisor to Gov. John Kasich, Jai Chabria, recommends restructuring the State Board of Education.  Read 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

MathCON participation benefits students


It’s not too late to participate in MathCON 2018, with online competition scheduled for Jan. 22 to March 2 

MathCON is a nonprofit national mathematics organization recognized for its annual math competition for students in grades five through 12, with more than 200,000 student participants since 2008.  Last year alone, 50,000 students participated, with 576 advancing to the finals in Chicago. 

Registration is open to all public, private, charter and home-schooled students.  One school registration allows for participation by an unlimited number of students, or single students may register as individuals. 

MathCON enjoys support and participation from academic scholars across the nation including Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin and other prestigious universities. Learn more and register at www.mathcon.org

State Board recommends elimination of selected assessments
Six months after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria proposed elimination of several state assessments based on the recommendations of an advisory committee, the State Board has endorsed and recommended elimination of the English end-of-course exams for high school students and the WorkKeys assessment for career tech student to the General Assembly. 

DeMario’s original recommendations also included elimination of the fourth-grade social studies exam and the American government end-of-course exam, which were written into state law through the biennial budget bill (H.B. 49) enacted last year.

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

Working with the State Writing Rubrics (Grades K-6)
The focus will be on how to evaluate student writing, how to pinpoint writing instruction needs, and how to conference with students to encourage young writers.

January 18 in Columbus: Register online

Creating Classroom Assessments
Instruction is not complete until teachers check for understanding! The workshop will build upon teachers’ knowledge of Ohio learning standards to support them in developing formative and summative assessments of focus standards.

January 23 in Toledo: Register online
January 31 in Cleveland: Register online

Effective Strategies for Math Instruction
This is a series of mathematics instructional techniques popularized by both the Eureka and Singapore Math series. These strategies could be utilized in any mathematics classroom to increase student engagement with mathematics and enhance student understanding. Examples will focus on grades K-5.

January 30 in Cleveland: Register online
January 31 in Columbus: Register online

Literacy Unleashed and Rubrics
Teaching reading and writing in the content areas for secondary students is often challenging and sometimes neglected in the massive amount of content to be covered in each area. This session will give all content area teachers ideas and strategies that are best practice for use in the secondary classroom.

February 1, 2018. Columbus. 10 AM-3 PM. Register online

Depth of Knowledge, Mindset, Mastery Grid
In order to adequately prepare students for high stakes testing (and for life), we need to move instruction away from memorization and worksheets. Join us for this review of Webb's Depth of Knowledge, suggested strategies for helping students develop a growth mindset, and a practical planning session using a mastery grid for depth of knowledge

February 5, 2018. Columbus. 10 AM- 3 PM. Register online

Special Education Updates
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.

February 7, 2018. Columbus. 9 am - noon. Register online

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 8, 2018, Columbus, 10 AM-3 PM. Register online
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

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