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.


August solar eclipse offers hands-on learning experience

May 2, 2017

From ODE:

Want to have an out of this world start to this coming school year? Don’t miss out on the first all-American total solar eclipse in nearly 40 years! This rare astronomical event is sure to be an exciting learning experience for students and an interesting lesson opportunity for educators of all subjects and grade levels.

While Ohio is not on the Path of Totality, the Buckeye State will still be able to witness an excellent partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, where the moon will cover nearly all of the sun.   Be sure to pinpoint your school’s location on the NASA Eclipse Map and get your lesson plans ready using the teacher toolkit with everything you need to know. Teachers may find additional educational materials here.


Science Standards Alignment Model tools and review opportunity

March 21, 2017