From ODE: New job and career planning tool for students — OhioMeansJobs K–12

August 26, 2014

Teachers and school counselors have an exciting, robust online tool to guide students through job and career exploration. OhioMeansJobs K-12 is a no-cost career planning resource that focuses on opportunities available in Ohio. This tool lets students create a profile of their interests. It also provides career information, a plan and budget for education and training, possible occupations and potential salaries. Get students started at OhioMeansJobs.com and click on the K-12 icon (cardinal with a graduation cap). On the site, click on the “Explore It” menu, which includes an interest survey for middle school, a profile for the student’s interests, a search feature for occupations, earnings and training and a budget tool for living on your own. This tool replaces the former Ohio Career Information System and is available to any student and school in Ohio.


From ODE: District teams invited to Master Teacher Scoring Workshop on Sept. 15

August 26, 2014

Whether a district is new or experienced with the master teacher program, participants at a free half-day workshop on Sept. 15 in Westerville (near Columbus) will learn more about conducting this initiative locally.

Pursuing the master teacher designation offers teachers opportunities to grow professionally and to fulfill one of several requirements for an advanced educator license. The program is open to candidates with professional teaching licenses who are working full-time and have at least seven years of teaching experience. These candidates complete application materials that will include a narrative and supporting evidence of five characteristics: consistent leadership; focused collaboration; distinguished teaching focusing on students and environment; distinguished teaching focusing on content, instruction and assessment; and continued professional growth. District teams score the evidence and determine the awarding of the master teacher designation.

During each workshop, department representatives will illustrate how to score teachers’ initial portfolios as well as their renewal narratives. Participants will collaborate with experienced teams as they begin to plan master teacher initiatives for their districts. Choose one of two three-hour sessions starting at either 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library. Register in STARS through your SAFE account, using master teacher in the event search box. For more information, see the master teacher Web page or contact Brinda Price.


From ODE: Fall 2014 training sessions on Ohio’s Measures

August 26, 2014

A series of one-day regional training sessions are being held this fall to share information about Ohio’s Accountability System including Ohio School Report Card data, updated teacher value-added reports, the data behind the accountability system and how to use the data generated from the measures for school improvement. These training sessions are intended for district and building leaders, teacher leaders and others involved in the school/district improvement process. View the flyer for details on dates and locations. Register in STARS through your SAFE account, using measures in the event search box.


From ODE: Applying for a substitute teaching license or pupil activity (coaching) permit?

August 16, 2014

If you are interested in applying for either a substitute teaching license or pupil activity (coaching) permit, read the new step-by-step instructions for getting started on your respective Web page. You will see an outline of requirements, pointers on navigating My Educator Profile (the online licensure system) and how to check on the status of your application review.  All applicants for first-time or renewals of educator permits, licenses and certificates will make their application requests electronically now through the online system. For further questions that your school district is not able to answer, contact the Ohio Department of Education at (877) 644-6338.


Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program due November 5

August 8, 2014

Are you a U.S.:

  • Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
  • Guidance counselor?
  • Curriculum specialist?
  • Curriculum head?
  • Talented and Gifted coordinator?
  • Special Education coordinator?
  • Media specialist/librarian?

You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-6 months through the Fulbright Program!

By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives.

Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Additional countries are still pending and will be added to the website in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/program-overview-da. Application deadline is November 5, 2014.

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.


August 5 Election Results for Ohio Schools

August 5, 2014

School tax levy, income tax question, and bond issue results so far from around the state from the August 5, 2014 Special Election:

Issues that passed (unofficial results):

Issues that failed (unofficial results):

[Updated 8/6/14 6:00 am]

Complete levy results will be available in the OSBA database.



August 5 School Levies, Bond, and Tax Issues Right Around the Corner

July 28, 2014

According to the Secretary of State’s office, the August 5, 2014 Special Election includes seven school funding issues:

For details on many of these issues, see the Ballotpedia entry “Ohio 2014 local ballot measures.” Complete levy results will be available in the OSBA database.



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