From ODE: “Become a digital learning expert with the new Success in Six”

June 27, 2016

The new Success in Six is a self-paced online learning program that shows you the latest ways to use digital resources to support one-on-one learning, blended learning, personalized learning, differentiation and a host of other student needs. INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library, offers the program at no charge to all Ohio educators — teachers, librarians, tech coordinators and administrators.

Each module contains an overview to bring you up to speed on the topic. The program then guides you to sites and tools to explore more deeply. It finishes with activities that let you practice new skills.

You can complete one or all of these modules in any order:

  • Develop Your Research Toolkit;
  • Learn to Search Effectively;
  • Discover High-Quality STEAM Resources;
  • Engage Your Students with Reading Resources;
  • Find Free Content for Your Blended or Flipped Classroom; and
  • Explore INFOhio’s Differentiation Tools.

Complete a module to earn three contact hours, which most districts accept for CEU credit, and a digital badge. In addition, INFOhio partners NWOET and ideastream are offering Success in Six for graduate credit.

For more information, contact NWOET at nwoet@nwoet.org and ideastream at Ann.Ebersole@ideastream.org. Please send any questions or comments to support@infohio.org.


Columbus Metro Parks summer workshops for teachers

June 7, 2016

Having trouble reading the image below? Download the PDF version: Metro Parks workshop flyer and registration formAll workshops registration form in color 041416


School districts plan for August 2016 levy, bond, and tax issues

May 30, 2016

With so much focus on the November election, don’t overlook the news on district plans for issues on the August 2, 2016 Special Election ballot:



SECO searching for new Executive Director

April 21, 2016

Ad - Exec Director

Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO)
Executive Director (Estimated 20 hours/week)

Position of Executive Director
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for SECO’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and strategic plans. Salary discussed upon application.

The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) hires the Executive Director (ED) as a temporary caretaker of mission, entrusting the organization to the ED with the expectation that it will thrive in the individual’s care. The ED is charged by the SECO Board of Directors (Board) with controlling its course while making it thrive. The ED is the key caretaker of the organization.

To ensure success, the ED should exhibit five essential characteristics. Although, individuals may differ in strengths of these characteristics – every Executive Director needs the following in some combination.

  • Visionary (Leadership and Management)
    • Motivating internal and external stakeholders with a shared picture of the mission of the organization
    • Direct the development of the strategic plan of the organization
    • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems
  • Change agent (Planning)
    • Monitoring and keeping SECO responsive to changing education trends, shifting revenue sources, emerging competition, and public scrutiny
    • Managing internal change processes by working with the Board to set goals and outcomes, create plans, and make change happen
  • Relationship builder (Communications)
    • Managing in a manner that fosters a healthy organizational culture that ensures everyone’s role is valued and recognized
    • Communicating and building relationships with members and funders to gain interest in the mission and support for it
    • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations, including social media
    • Increase membership and conference attendance
  • Partnership builder (Cooperative Community Establishment)
    • Building partnerships that further the mission through cooperative efforts and strategic relationships
    • Support district directors in regional efforts
  • Resource creator (Funding Development)
    • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion

Knowledge and Skills

The ED will be thoroughly committed to SECO’s nonprofit’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree with record of effectively leading an organization through performance- and outcomes-based organizational operation; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Actual Job Responsibilities

  • Planning and operation of annual budget.
  • Increase membership of organization
  • Establishing administrative policies and procedures for all function and for day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Increase visibility of the organization through social media, website, and data collection.
  • Serves as the conference coordinator for the annual state-level conference as well as working with district directors within their regions
  • Serving as SECO’s primary spokesperson to SECO’s members, other organizations with similar mission, Ohio schools, and the general public
  • Establish and maintain relationship with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance SECO’s Mission
  • Report to and work closely with the Board-of-Directors to seek their involvement in policy decision, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization throughout the State of Ohio.
  • Supervise, collaborate with organization’s volunteers
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Oversee SECO’s Board-of-Directors and committee meetings
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts
  • Review contracts for services
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board

SECO Organization

The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is a nonprofit organization. As such, SECO has no “owners” and the funds realized in the operation of the organization will not be used to benefit any owners. The mission of the organization is to Promote Excellence in Science Education within Ohio.

The purpose of SECO is to stimulate and improve science education in all fields and at all instructional levels as a means of increasing, through education, the understanding among Ohio students, and the general public of the nature of the science, methodology, technology and future prospects, and to engage in cooperative activities of any type consistent with this purpose.

The organization is governed and operates through the elected SECO Board-of-Directors. Each of the ten SECO regions in Ohio elect two representatives to the Board. Additional support is provided through an Executive Committee and the Executive Director.

The organization is currently fiscally stable with a membership of 1000.

For additional information and to submit application, contact: Gene Lynn, glynn21@gmail.com and visit SECOonline.org.


Done with your taxes? Now think about $ for your school

April 15, 2016

Teachers are always on the lookout for new ways to pay for the great things they do in their classes, and OCESS is a great way to stay on top of new grant opportunities. Whether it’s celebrating the annual OCESS 12 Grants of Christmas or following OCESS on Facebook and Twitter, you can find funding for curriculum innovations, student programs, and teacher professional development. Recent education grant opportunities include:



COSI Summer Teacher Professional Development Workshops

April 14, 2016

Integrating Science, Language Arts, & Mathematics for Grades K-8
June 13-17, 2016, 8am-4pm

Weave reading, writing, and math into your science lessons utilizing select children’s literature that reinforces science concepts. In this 5-day workshop, you will review a number of science-related children’s literature selections and media and gain a myriad of resources, while participating in inquiry- based, science activities that are classroom-ready for your students.

Instructional Inquiry Strategies
June 27-28, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

This 2-day introductory workshop will allow you to explore the continuum of classroom strategies including guided inquiry, open inquiry, and guided discovery to discover how, when, and why to use each to be the most effective for your students. Learn practical strategies that are classroom-ready as well as engaging, empowering science explorations that can be easily implemented in your classroom.

Bridging the Gap for Science, Grades K-3
June 29-30, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

Explore engaging, and motivating activities for your students. This 3-day workshop examines the changes in Ohio Science content for grades Kindergarten-Third and provides classroom-ready activities to teach the new science content in an exciting and empowering way.

Bridging the Gap for Science, Grades 4-8
June 20-25, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

Need more engaging student explorations and activities to reinforce our “new” Ohio Life, Earth, & Physical Science standards? This 5-day workshop will show teachers in grades 4-8 ways to integrate new activities and inquiry experiences into your existing curriculum.

Project and Design Based Learning in the K-8 Science Classroom
August 8-12, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

Want to incorporate project-based and design- based learning units into your current curriculum but have NO idea where to start? What exactly is project-based and design-based learning anyway? This 5-day workshop will: 1. help you understand the concept of project-based and design-based learning 2. feature learning units covering Physical, Earth and Space, and Life Science content 3. connect you to many resources which allow you to implement a tried and true unit or create one yourself.

For registration and more information, visit the COSI website.


ODE Straight A Fund proposals due May 6

April 6, 2016

Ohio’s Straight A Fund supports ideas from local educators that promote academic achievement and economic efficiencies within schools and districts. Educators who have innovative, workable ideas that could advance student learning, achieve significant funding reductions, reduce administrative overhead, or use a shared services delivery model that demonstrates increased efficiency and effectiveness, long-term sustainability, and scalability now enjoy the opportunity to receive money to jumpstart their plans.

Individual applicants can apply for grants up to $1 million dollars and consortia can apply for grants up to $15 million dollars. The Straight A Fund Governing Board has indicated a preference for individual and consortium grants under $1 million dollars.

For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.


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