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



OEEF Grant Writing Workshops December 8 in Englewood

November 20, 2016



Public feedback to ODE on science standards through January 9

November 18, 2016

From the Ohio Department of Education (ODE):

Today, the Ohio Department of Education is inviting you and all Ohioans to participate in a periodic update of Ohio’s Learning Standards in science, social studies and financial literacy. We ask that you share your thoughts through this survey, which is open now through midnight on Jan. 9.

By fine-tuning all of Ohio’s Learning Standards, we can ensure that schools are preparing students for the changing expectations of colleges and employers. Read more about this overall effort here.

To receive email notifications of the latest news on standards revisions, make sure you are signed up here for your area of interest under Ohio’s Learning Standards.


Volunteers needed for December NSTA Conferences in Columbus

November 12, 2016

From the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO):

We are in need of volunteers for the upcoming NSTA area conference at the Columbus Convention Center Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2016. We need more volunteers for these days and for Nov. 30.

Haven’t registered yet? We can help with the cost. New registrations can get 50% off registration by volunteering for 8 hours or more and 100% off registration by volunteering for 16 hours or more.

Follow the link to Signup.com below and join the fun. Instructions for vouchers are there are well.  http://signup.com/go/8qZrkK

While at the conference, SECO members and middle and high school teachers from Ohio are invited to the Ohio Energy Project’s (OEP) Open House at Barleys Brewery right across the street from the Convention Center on December 1 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

Please distribute these materials to anyone you think may be interested.  The Columbus NSTA volunteer manager is Dawn Villares. Please contact me with any questions you may have  or if you have trouble with the link at bandmom89@gmail.com.