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.



Free COSI Teacher Resource Fair August 5 in Columbus

July 8, 2014

Visit COSI’s classic exhibitions and meet representatives from your favorite Ohio organizations that support teachers. Includes free general admission to COSI for teachers, plus a free movie on COSI’s Extreme Screen, fun freebies, door prizes, and lots more! This free event is EXCLUSIVELY for formal teachers, non-formal teachers, and afterschool educators. Teacher attendees must present a valid school ID, copy of a valid teaching certificate, school pay stub, or other proof of teacher status at check-in. Additional non-teacher guests must purchase COSI admission at the Box Office. Admission to COSI’s ADVENTURE exhibition or The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is not included but may be purchased at the COSI Box Office. Homeschool educators may attend with proof of homeschool status, such as a letter from their school district confirming their homeschool status, or a valid membership card to a known homeschool association. Additional guests must purchase COSI admission at the Box Office. One homeschool educator admitted free per homeschool family.

Please note there is a $8 per-car parking fee in the lots surrounding COSI. Please bring your parking ticket into COSI with you for validation to receive the discounted $5 per-car rate.

To register, visit the COSI website.


Spring 2014 OAA Results Available

July 7, 2014

The preliminary results of the May 2014 Ohio Achievement Assessments are available:

The May 2014 Statewide statistical summary is not yet available.

(Thanks to House Bill 153, statewide item analysis and released test questions are only available for 2003-2011.)

Additional information and reference materials can be found through the Data Tools Portal:


From ODE: “Changes to Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for 2014-2015″

June 5, 2014

House Bill 362 passed the Ohio legislature on June 3 bringing changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.

The first change will allow less frequent evaluation of teachers receiving skilled and accomplished ratings beginning next year, while still providing them with feedback on their work.

The second change will allow districts a choice between a new alternative teacher evaluation structure and the current (original) structure. The alternative structure includes an additional measure to student growth and observation in a teacher’s evaluation as 15 percent of the evaluation.

The fact sheet below provides more details on House Bill 362. Additional information will appear on these Web pages in the near future.

Fact Sheet on Ohio House Bill 362


Summer Monarch Butterfly Teacher Workshop in Worthington

May 23, 2014

Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
July 31–August 1, 2014
Brookside Elementary School
Worthington, OH
Registration form

“Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies” is a two-day teacher workshop combining classroom and field experiences. It enables pre-K through 12th grade educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs. Teachers complete the workshop with all the materials they need to bring this exciting and dynamic subject into their classrooms.

Workshops are taught by a team of experienced classroom teachers and educators. Participants are provided with the knowledge, skills, materials and confidence to raise monarchs in the classroom and create an outstanding learning experience for their students. Workshop graduates can apply for $200-$800 MTN fellowship awards to participate in one week tours of Mexico or California where we visit the over-wintering colonies of Monarchs and explore local Mexican culture in the state of Michoacán or other animal migrations and old growth forests of California.

Each participant receives: Hands-on instruction by experienced teachers; Rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials; Strategies for butterfly gardens and “Monarch Parades”; Inquiry-based science activities for all abilities; Activities for Mexican/pre-Hispanic culture, history and Spanish language; Activities for language arts, math, social studies, drama, and fine arts; Distance learning projects with schools in Canada/Mexico/California; Proven models for engaging community support; Post-workshop on-going support.


Teacher Field Days in Vinton County highlights forest insects and diseases, Project Learning Tree

May 22, 2014

Forest Health: Insects and Diseases
June 10, 2014

Project Learning Tree
June 11, 2014
Vinton Furnace State Forest
Vinton County, OH

Registration required: first come, first served basis with limited space. Priority given to new attendees. Lunch provided both days. Call 740-774-1596 (extension 0) to register. $20 registration fee required to attend, all or part of Teacher Field Days. To attend the PLT workshop day on June 11th, one must also attend the June 10th program day.

Event webpage and Event agenda

Day 1 (June 10): Vinton Furnace State Forest; Insects and diseases of concern to Ohio’s woodlands. Current critters of concern and their anatomy, life cycles, hosts and habitats, how they get around, why they are a problem, and the strategies being used to monitor and control populations. EAB, ALB, gypsy moth, hemlock wooly adelgid, and common oak moth are some of the agents of doom we will examine. Presenters include: Dr. Joe Boggs, Ohio State University Extension Specialist Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Forestry Extension Specialist Tom Macy, ODNR Division of Forestry Forest Health Forester William Borovicka, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

Day 2 (June 11): Project Learning Tree PreK-12 Educator Workshop for all teachers and youth leaders! Workshop will build on the invasives theme and use PLT activity lessons to explore the topic and help give you tools to take students further into understanding forest issues better.

Both days will include outside observations and lessons, so please dress for changing weather and walking conditions. There will be a Field trip with monitoring activities, tree identification, and forest management practices. Ohio University optional 1 semester graduate credit available by completing the program.and course requirements; $136 for 1 semester hour, is handled and paid separate from the workshop, though all info will be made available at the workshop. OU certificate of completion available for professional development credit hours.



Ashland U Summer Science Spectacular uses Project Wild, Growing Up Wild and Aquatic Wild

May 21, 2014

Summer Science Spectacular
June 10–July 6, 2014
Wooster, OH

Registration website

Ohio Agricultural commodity groups (Ohio Park Producers, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Beef, Ohio Corn and Wheat, and Ohio Farm Bureau) will present information that they have developed in their focused areas that incorporate Ohio’s new Learning Standards.  There will also be a tour of OARDC (Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center).  Specialists from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will provide training using 3 curriculum resources:  Project Wild, Growing Up Wild and Aquatic Wild.  Each participant will receive a free copy of these curriculum resources!  Teachers will learn strategies for connecting kids to the outdoors using everyday academic disciplines.


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