Applications for ODE standards alignment panels due June 16

May 24, 2017

(From the Ohio Department of Education)

Dear Science Educators,

 The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is currently accepting applications for participants in the July 2017 Alignment Study process.  The purpose of each alignment study is to verify the alignment of the assessment items to the Ohio Learning Standards for content and difficulty. Alignment studies are part of the Peer Review process that provide additional evidence for the validity of the state assessments to the United States Department of Education (USDOE).

During the July meetings, Ohio content expert stakeholders from across the state will meet in panels to make judgments about the alignment of test questions to the content and rigor of Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics grades 3 through high school and science grades 5, 8 and high school Biology.

Hotel accommodations are provided for participants who travel 45 miles or more to the meeting site. All hotel and mileage reimbursements will be covered. Substitute reimbursements are also available to districts if necessary. This stakeholder participation is considered voluntary so there is not a stipend for being a panelist.

Further information for potential participants, including meeting dates, is available in the FAQs at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/OHED/bulletins/19c6fee. If you are interested in participating in the ODE Alignment Studies you may complete the online stakeholder committee nomination form located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7KF2C2.

Applicants are asked to describe their experience in education, including their expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in Ela, math and/or science and to identify their grade level and content area assignment preferences.  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, June 16th. Applicants selected to participate will be notified by Monday, June 26th. For more information about Ohio assessment stakeholder committees please visit the following web page: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Assessment-Committees

We hope you will consider applying to be part of this exciting opportunity. If you have questions that cannot be answered by one of the FAQs, please contact:

Marie-Elena (Lana) Hall, Ed.D.

Associate Director, Office of Curriculum & Assessment



INFOhio free online summer activities for Grades 4–5

May 23, 2017

Camp INFOhio contains five days of reading, activities, and experiments centered on STEAM topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. Kids can try their hand at code breaking, conduct science experiments with items they find in the kitchen, learn about roller coasters before designing their own, and create their own musical instruments.

For more information, visit the INFOhio website.


Survey in June on proposed changes to science standards

May 22, 2017

(From the Ohio Department of Education)

Watch your inboxes this summer – the Department will be asking for feedback about standards revision and model curriculum updates. The experience of educators working in classrooms statewide will continue to be essential parts of these improvement efforts:

  • Science, Social Studies and Financial Literacy – Proposed Standards Changes – Review of these standards began in November with an initial survey. Based on survey responses, advisory groups selected standards for revision and working groups of educators are proposing changes. In late June, the Department plans to open a second survey for feedback on the revisions.
  • English Language Arts and Mathematics – Model Curriculum Updates – Following the adoption of the revised standards in February, educator writing teams began updating the model curriculum to reflect the changes in the standards. In late July, the Department will open a survey for feedback about these updates.

See the Standards Revisions webpages for an expected timeline for this work and more about the overall effort.


Free COSI Educator Resource Fair August 1 in Columbus

May 15, 2017



Summer Teacher Workshops at the Columbus Zoo

May 14, 2017



July Project Based Learning professional development near Columbus

May 9, 2017

PBL Ohio Institute
July 25–27, 2017
New Albany–Plain Local Schools

The PBL Ohio Institute provides professional development for K–12 teachers and higher education faculty. For more information and to register, visit http://www.pblohio.com/


ODE YouTube video on Teacher Licensure

May 3, 2017

The Ohio Department of Education has posted a webinar about the state’s teacher licensure program, including:

  • Ohio’s Four-Tiered Licensure Structure
  • The Ohio Resident Educator Program for beginning teachers
  • Professional Development, including Local Professional Development Committees

This webinar is ideal for early learning professionals, preschool directors and human resources personnel, higher education faculty, staff and anyone advising students or professionals on Ohio’s Teacher Licensure system.