Applications open for Project Dragonfly courses

September 16, 2016

Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2017 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 15 countries throughout the world. New in 2017 are courses in Brazil. Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master’s degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master’s part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. Project Dragonfly also offers graduate courses and the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), a master’s degree that combines web-based graduate courses through Miami University with face-to-face experiential and field study at one of eight AIP Master institutions in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.


2016 Ohio School Report Cards expected September 15

September 10, 2016

This year’s Ohio School Report Cards are expected to be released by the Ohio Department of Education on September 15. The change for 2016 that is getting the most attention is the addition of letter grades for each of the six major components (Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success). The ODE website has a resource page about the 2016 Ohio School Report Cards, including a Report Card Guide and links to search for district and building report cards.


Ohio Energy Project workshops around the state

September 8, 2016

Ohio Energy Project would like bring a real-world approach to hands-on science for your students with the e3 Energy Efficiency program.

The e3 Smart program provides free teacher materials, training and curriculum correlated to Ohio Learning Standards as well as a free energy conservation kit for each student including compact fluorescent light bulbs, shower head, weather stripping, thermometer, etc. The classroom kit includes all of the lab materials for 5 different energy labs and Student Guides with lab sheets, data sheets, background information and assessments. You can see a sample of the student guide at http://ohioenergy.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=6e4697fe081eb16bb9991fe94&id=f7ed425d04&e=39cdf2468

Benefits for Teachers:

  • FREE lab materials and teacher resources.
  • $100 stipend for 1st year teachers after meeting program requirements, $200 stipend for returning teachers.
  • Professional Development and curriculum correlated to Ohio and National content standards as well as Common Core.
  • CEU documentation as well as optional graduate credit from Ashland University (at teacher’s expense).

Apply for the program:


  • Canton: September 20th
  • Toledo: September 22nd
  • Dayton: September 27th
  • Columbus: September 29th, October 11th, November 9th




Project WILD and WET Combined Facilitator Workshop September 22–23 in Perrysville

September 7, 2016

Project WILD and WET Combined Facilitator Workshop
Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23, 2016
Mohican Lodge & Conference Center
4700 Goon Road
Perrysville, OH 44864

Participants Will Receive:

  • Certification as Projects WILD and WET State-wide Facilitators along with networking with other state-wide EE professionals
  • Copies of the both educator guides and secondary modules. Optional 1 semester graduate credit through Ashland University will be available and a certificate will be provided for individual professional development plan credit
  • Valuable training in the use of guide activities & materials and how to get children/adults outside experiencing their natural world

Register at the Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) website.

For more information, contact:
Dennis Clement, Project WET State Coordinator
614-644-2048 or dennis.clement@epa.ohio.gov
Jen Dennison, Project WILD State Coordinator
614-265-6316 or jen.dennison@dnr.state.oh.us


OCTC Teachers, Industry, & Environment Conference October 12-14 in Dublin

August 23, 2016

Teachers, Industry, & Environment Conference
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council
October 12–14, 2016
Crowne Plaza Dublin
600 Metro Pl N
Dublin, Ohio 43017

TIE Conference connects 3rd through 8th grade science teachers from all over the state with industry professionals. Here they learn student friendly experiments they can take directly back to the classroom. And with the help of sponsorships from chemical manufactures across the state of Ohio, it’s absolutely free.
This video from the previous conference explains how valuable of a resource it has been for Ohio’s teachers. You can also click here to learn more about this year’s presenters and some of the projects they will be conducting with teachers.
 For more information, visit the OCTC website.

School Districts Plan for November 2016 Levy, Bond, and Tax Issues

August 22, 2016

District planning for the November 8, 2016 ballot is in the news:


NSTA Area Conference in Columbus December 1–3

August 19, 2016
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), in conjunction with the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO), will be hosting an Area Conference in Columbus, Ohio from December 1-3, 2016.
The theme of the conference is Champions of Science: A Game Plan for the Future! And it will feature these supporting strands:
  1. Training Camp: Strengthening Fundamentals in Elementary Education
  2. Game Time: Tackling Scientific Problems and Pitching Engineering Solutions
  3. Science Boosters: Taking It to the Next Level
 In addition, this highly specialized professional learning event will enable educators to help our students stay globally competitive in terms of innovation and invention. As the need for students to become stronger in science and STEM grows, so does the need for well-qualified science teachers and administrators who understand what is needed to develop relevant and high-quality science and STEM programs.
This NSTA area conference offers unique opportunities for those involved in science teaching to learn how to effectively integrate various instructional approaches into their teaching and learning environments including:
  • General sessions from nationally known presenters including Ainissa Ramirez, Lonnie Thompson, Ellen Mosley-Thompson, and Jason Dunion
  • Hands-on workshops that enhance on-going development of teachers and school leaders to improve their content knowledge
  • Concurrent sessions to promote current best practices in instructional planning and assessment
  • Network opportunities to develop relationships within a nationwide professional community of science educators
  • Focused sessions on developing partnerships within your community to enhance science instruction.

This letter can help explain to administrators how the conference can be a valuable contribution to your professional development.

For more information, please visit the NSTA Conference website at www.nsta.org/columbus. Early Bird registration ends October 14.
NSTA Columbus Area Conference Committee
Kristie Reighard, Conference Chair
Dr. Patrick Herak, Local Planning Coordinator
Trudy Giasi, Program Coordinator