ODE launches education app for families

December 29, 2016

From the Ohio Department of Education (ODE):

Ohio families can now get the latest education news, search for schools in their neighborhoods and look at their schools’ report cards right from their smartphones, using the new mobile app for iPhone and Android, launched by the Ohio Department of Education.

With the app, Ohioans can:

  • Access timely educator and family resources;
  • Find school report cards and other information from around their homes;
  • Receive app updates and notifications straight to their phones;
  • Interact with the Ohio School Report Cards by school or district name, or by entering their zip code;
  • Send information from the Ohio School Report Cards to friends, family and colleagues;
  • Check out district and school grades in the area before they move; or
  • Navigate directly to schools or call them with easy to use in-app features.

For download links and more information, visit the ODE website.


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

December 25, 2016

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.



SECO hosts webinar discussions of science standards revision January 3–6

December 20, 2016

As part of its revision of the state’s Learning Standards in science, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is surveying public opinion until January 9. In support of this effort, the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is hosting grade-band webinars from January 3–6 for informal discussion of the science standards.

To RSVP, fill out this Google form (https://goo.gl/forms/QkWbIOfPJWBbmjfE2) before December 30.





Registration open for ODE Special Education regional summits in January and February

November 29, 2016

The Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children Regional Special Education Leadership Summits are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Southwest Conference in Dayton on Jan. 19
  • Northeast Conference in Canton on Jan. 26
  • Southeast Conference in Athens on Feb. 1
  • Northwest Conference in Bowling Green on Feb. 7

Presentations and discussion topics include literacy, school climate and discipline, graduation options for students with disabilities and transition. Sessions also will offer updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as data and trends related to the state of special education in Ohio and at the national level. Registration details are available on the ODE website.


Pollinator Clinic December 5 in Eaton

November 23, 2016

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Using Maps, Apps, and More to Teach Environmental Education December 10 in Lewis Center

November 22, 2016

Saturday, December 10
Highbanks Metro Park Nature Center
Lewis Center, OH

From tracing water pollution back to its source, to searching maps for your location, to designing your own nature hike, we will explore ways to add technology to your environmental education. Bring an electronic device that has internet and GPS access. Workshop fee is $5 and will be due the day of the workshop when you check-in. You can either mail a check prior to the event or pay at the door.  Materials geared for grades K-8, but all are welcome.

For more information, visit the Franklin County Soil and Water District Eventbrite page.


Applications for CDC Science Ambassador program due February 15

November 21, 2016