From ODE: “Recommendations open for Ohio’s Talent Pool”

April 18, 2014

The State of Ohio maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders consisting of distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs. This year, the state is accepting teacher recommendations for Grades K-5, now through Friday, May 16. For further information, please visit Ohio Talent Pool.


From ODE: Nominate a district Ohio Teacher of the Year candidate by April 30

April 15, 2014

More teachers will gain recognition than ever before at the school district and regional levels through the 2015 Ohio Teacher of the Year program.  The program has been restructured to include new State Board Territory Teacher of the Year awards for the 11 State Board of Education territories. State Board of Education members, together with leaders in their territories, are contacting district superintendents to promote the competition.

By April 30, superintendents are asked to work with their principals to select one teacher candidate to serve as the school district’s entry in their State Board Territory Teacher of the Year contest. School districts and nominees will have until May 23 to complete and submit applications to their territory leads. All territory winners (one per territory) will advance to a state-level competition for the Ohio Teacher of the Year, who will be selected in fall 2014.

A timeline, instructions, the nomination form and a list of State Board territory leads are posted here. Additionally, click here for a map of State Board territories. Questions may be directed to the State Board member or territory lead or to Patty Griffin at patty.griffin@education.ohio.gov.


NASA Lunar and Meteorite Certification Workshop in Cleveland June 24

April 15, 2014

Day 1: Are Microbes Alive? NASA presents Defining Life and Exploring Astrobiology
Target audience: Grades K–12
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
Cleveland, OH
Registration deadline June 17, 2014


NASA brings the moon to your students.  Participants will be qualified to use lunar as well as meteorite samples in their classrooms providing an enriching learning experience for their students.  The activities in this workshop will ignite and motivate students in science through the use of inquiry-based science activities relating to the moon.  The NASA educational websites introduced will provide the educators new curriculum ideas to assist in reaching learning outcomes standards for science.

The following activities may be included:

  • Moon Dance- Space School Musical
  • NASA e-Clips web page as a resource – Rock Cycle e-Clips video
  • Rock ABC’s Activity
  • Accretion and Differentiation Activities
  • Lava Layering Activity
  • Meteorite Blues – Space School Musical
  • Meteorite Impact Activity
  • Searching for Meteorites Activity

To register, contact Monica.L.Boyd@nasa.gov or 216-433-2004



New Professional Development Offerings from ORC

April 12, 2014

The Ohio Resource Center has just launched its new webpage for professional development. As a professional development provider, ORC now offers face-to-face, online, or blended presentations and workshops that address your needs in K-12 content and pedagogy. ORC will customize programs to meet your specific needs, or you can choose from a library of current topics and offerings. Browse through the PD webpage at http://ohiorc.org/professional-development/ and see ORC offerings with previews of professional development presented by ORC content specialists and other experts in the discipline. Current offerings include the following:

  • Anita Gonzalez with sessions on graphic novels or literacy strategies for after-school programs
  • Terry Shiverdecker on upcoming seminars on argumentation and Jessica Fries-Gaither on science and literacy
  • Tracy Cindric on citizen science problem-based learning to support Next Generation assessments

And more to come!

Share with teachers, and register now for scheduled sessions.

Contact ORC to schedule your school-based, online, or blended professional development.


“Animal Connections” traveling Smithsonian exhibit arrives at Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House April 5

March 31, 2014

The College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House now has an exciting new attraction! “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together”a 1,000 square foot custom-built exhibit housed on an 18-wheel truck will be on site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Rd.

Presented by the Smithsonian Institution to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2013, “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” uses a dynamic combination of interactive learning stations, films and touch screen videos, and three-dimensional settings to explore topics about animals in the home, on the farm, in the wild, at the zoo and in the veterinary clinic. It also highlights the varied roles veterinarians play in the health of animals.

The project is made possible through support from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the generous support of founding sponsor, Zoetis, Inc., a company that discovers, develops and manufactures veterinary vaccines and medicines.

The Annual Open House at the college allows animal lovers and prospective veterinary students the opportunity to learn more about animal care and health and professional career opportunities. Visitors to campus can take self-guided tours of the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC)*, speak with veterinary students and professionals in the field of veterinary medicine, and participate in a variety of hands-on activities and displays designed for all ages and interests.

More information about activities at the Open House are available at vet.osu.edu/annualopenhouse.
Visitors to “Animal Connections” can continue the learning experience online at animalconnections.com. The site includes resources on animal care and careers in veterinary medicine.


From ODE: “Teacher and principal evaluators may ‘re-calibrate’ their credentials through online training beginning in May”

March 25, 2014

If you are an administrator or teacher who became a credentialed evaluator during the past two years for either the Ohio Teacher or Principal Evaluation System, you will be able to renew your designation beginning in May by successfully completing training and a test. The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), which administered the original credentialing for the Ohio Department of Education, also is developing required re-calibration training and tests for each designation. Teacher evaluators will be required to take three hours of online training, principal evaluators must take two hours of online training and all evaluators will need to pass the appropriate test.

If you are registered as an evaluator in the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES), you will not be able to enter data in this system past your credential expiration date unless you have successfully completed the re-calibration process (which is required every two years). To ensure that you will have online access to the training and test, and will receive electronic communications from NIET, you should take steps now to ensure you can login to the NIET website. See the department’s website for details on logging in and finding your credential expiration date. Those who are interested in the initial training to become a credentialed evaluator also will find information on the department’s website.


Confused about Calamity Days?

March 20, 2014

From Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross:

I know you’ve been greatly concerned about how your districts will make up for the unusual number of calamity days caused by Ohio’s hard winter. Now, I have news for you. House Bill 416 gives Ohio’s school districts four additional calamity days. This will give you new flexibility as you schedule your district’s make-up days.

Here’s what the new law means for you as you move forward:

·         As with any other year, you do not need to make up the first five calamity days.

·         The next four days your district has missed must be made up (calamity days six through nine).

·         The next four calamity days are excused (calamity days ten through 13).

·         Any additional calamity days must be made up. This can be accomplished by scheduling additional days of instruction, by lengthening the school day in any combination of half-hour blocks, or through online instruction and/or blizzard bags.

For more details, see our calamity day FAQ posted on the Ohio Department of Education website.


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