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From ODE: Share your comments and help shape the future of education in Ohio

March 21, 2018

From the Ohio Department of Education:

The Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education have released a working draft of the state’s five-year strategic plan for education: EachChild=OurFuture.

The plan’s purpose is to help each child become successful through the guidance and support of caring adults empowered by an effective system. More than 150 preK-12 educators, higher education representatives, parents and caregivers, employers, business leaders and philanthropic organizations worked collaboratively over the last six months to develop it.

This plan lays out a vision and goal for education, along with 15 supporting strategies. Ultimately, it seeks to put Ohio on a path to prepare the next generation of innovators and influencers who will go on to change the world.

You can share your thoughts and comments two ways:

  1. Review the full working draft or the highlights summary and respond to the companion survey between March 12-April 13, 2018.
  2. Attend one of 13 regional, face-to-face community conversations to discuss your thoughts on the plan with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and Ohio Department of Education staff.
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4th/5th Early Childhood Education Generalist Endorsement in Ohio

March 20, 2018

Thinking about professional development plans? For teachers with Ohio Early Childhood Education licenses (age 3–3rd grade), there are lots of possibilities for getting a license endorsement to add 4th and 5th grade:

Bowling Green State University

Cleveland State University

Miami University

Ohio Christian University

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio State University

Ohio University: Online summer program

University of Findlay

University of Toledo

Walsh University: Online summer program

Wright State University

Youngstown State University

 

 

 

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From ODE: PAEMST nomination deadline nearing

March 19, 2018

From the Ohio Department of Education:

There is less than a month left to nominate grades K-6 mathematics, science and computer science teachers for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The nomination deadline is April 1. The deadline for nominees to complete their applications is May 1.

Being recognized as a PAEMST awardee is a tremendous honor. Each awardee will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., a certificate signed by the president of the United States and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Consider nominating a teacher for this award to recognize the excellent educators you work with every day.

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Ho ho ho and Education Grants: It’s the OCESS Annual “12 Grants of Christmas”

December 24, 2017

Looking for ways to fund classroom projects, teacher professional development, and science education change at your school? OCESS’s annual “12 Grants of Christmas” can help out:

  • On the First Day of Christmas…I designed a community environmental project to submit to the US EPA for the President’s Environmental Youth Award.
  • On the Second Day of Christmas…I contacted my local Wells Fargo manager to apply for funding for an educational project.
  • On the Third Day of Christmas…I contacted the DuPont Office of Education with an idea for an inquiry-based STEM education project.
  • On the Fourth Day of Christmas…I sent an application to the Toshiba USA America Foundation to purchase instructional equipment for my grade 6-12 classroom.
  • On the Fifth Day of Christmas…I submitted an application to the Fund for Teachers for a summer fellowship for a professional development project.
  • On the Sixth Day of Christmas…I wrote a proposal to the NEA Foundation for a grant of up to $5,000 for a project that promotes students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and self-directed learning.
  • On the Seventh Day of Christmas…I dreamed big dreams for a Toyota USA Foundation grant for my K-12 science and math education project.
  • On the Eighth Day of Christmas…I contacted the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation with an idea for a professional development project to improve instruction at our school.
  • On the Ninth Day of Christmas…I thought up a classroom STEM project to submit for a $1500 Ohio Space Grant Consortium Mini-Grant.
  • On the Tenth Day of Christmas…I noticed that the Verizon Foundation funds a wide range of educational projects that could help my school.
  • On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…I contacted the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with an idea for a project to improve STEM instruction in my school.
  • On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…I applied to Pets In the Classroom to support my classroom aquarium.

And during the rest of the year, you can find even more grant opportunities on the OCESS Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/OCESS) and Facebook page.

 

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Save the dates: EECO conferences in 2018

December 3, 2017

Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) Retreat and Winter Snow Conference
February 2–3, 2018
Camp Nuhof, 1077 Hanover Twp. Rd 2916, Perrysville, OH 44864
Conference theme: Creative Ways to Teach STEM in Winter
Conference strands

  • STEM
  • Arts
  • Environmental Literacy
  • 21st Century Skills or Careers and the Environment

2018 EECO Annual Conference
April 12–15 2018
Maumee State Park
Conference strands

  • Lake Erie and Water Education
  • Strategic Growth for Organizations
  • Outdoor Education and Natural History
  • Sustainability and Energy

Updated information will be posted to the EECO website when available: www.eeco-online.org

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From ODE: Volunteer for science Model Curriculum team

November 27, 2017

From the Ohio Department of Education:

Beginning today through Jan. 5, 2018, educators who have expertise in science, social studies and financial literacy may nominate themselves or colleagues to serve on writing teams to update Ohio’s Model Curriculum. We are seeking content experts with experience ranging from kindergarten through higher education.

Model curricula writing team members will make updates based on revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards, which are expected to be approved in early 2018. Click here to nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on a writing team.

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Advice about transitioning to the revised science standards

October 20, 2017

Guidelines for Transition to Revised Science Standards

(This document is not official ODE guidance, but was created with information from the ODE science team and educators on the science revision advisory committee and working group)

As most of you are aware, ODE is in the process of revising the standards and model curriculum for science, social studies and financial literacy. The details below are specifically for the science revisions.

Science Standards Bottom Line:

  • Don’t sweat now about possible revisions; there is still time for detailed planning during next school year. You may begin to familiarize yourself with any major topics which have been added to or deleted from your course or grade level, being aware that the information will be incomplete.
  • 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years — continue to teach the 2010 standards
  • 2018-19 school year — work on curriculum mapping in preparation for Fall, 2019 implementation
  • Fall, 2019 — implement the revised standards
  • Spring, 2020 — first administration of tests using revised standards

With input from the field last winter, the advisory committee and working group developed a draft of changes to the standards. Input on those changes was solicited over the summer and a final draft has been submitted to the state board. The draft will be considered by the board and legislature and be available this winter. But once adopted, the standards we see this winter will be incomplete. If you are familiar with the structure of a one-page content statement in K-8, you will remember that there is the content statement along with some descriptors in the left column. The content elaborations, with the real explanatory detail, are in the right column. Officially, the “standards” are only the left column. The “elaborations” are officially part of the model curriculum. The elaborations drafts were developed in tandem with the standards, since they need to be considered together to accurately communicate the expectations to teachers. But the elaborations won’t be approved until next year. Likewise, the high school standards consist only of the syllabi. The elaborations which follow and define the scope of material to be covered for each topic are a part of the model curriculum and will not be officially adopted at this time. Major curriculum and resource decisions should be delayed until information in the elaborations is available and adopted.

Note that as of today (10/19/17) the ODE website is still suggesting that implementation of the revised standards begin as early as spring, 2018.

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Standard-Revision-Overview

But since the elaborations part may not be released by that time, or if released will only be in draft form and not adopted, we are strongly advising that you hold off on implementation and, instead, begin transition planning during the 2018-19 school year when we will have a more complete and accurate picture of the expectations.

We are hoping that the content elaborations draft will be released later in the school year so districts can have a better idea of what is coming. As soon as we know, we will get the word out. Thanks for your patience.

David Vernot, curriculum consultant, vernotd@bcesc.org

Butler County Educational Service Center