Science Standards Alignment Model tools and review opportunity

March 21, 2017




GLOBE Mission EARTH professional development July 10–14 in Toledo

March 20, 2017



July course for environmental educators at Stone Lab

March 10, 2017

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FrogWatch Citizen Science Training at Columbus Zoo

March 9, 2017

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EECO Annual Conference April 6-9 at Deer Creek State Park Lodge

February 15, 2017

For 50 years, educators from all over the state have been coming together for this conference, and we are thrilled to celebrate all those years of greatness, with many more to come. As educators, we see the future in front of us every day and we are privileged to have an influence in the lives of those we teach. This year’s theme, “Honoring the Past, Looking To the Future”, will allow us to appreciate all of the goals that have been achieved over the last 50 years. It will be a chance to see how much impact we have made over that time so that we can continue the excellence we have already achieved, improve our ability to accomplish the mission of EECO, and our missions as educators: to nurture knowledge, ideas, engagement, and to bring people together to learn and grow in our natural world.

Conference strands include:

  • Engaging Minorities in the Outdoors
  • Environmental Careers
  • Outdoor Education
  • Fundraising
  • Technology in Nature

Conference highlights include:

  • Keynote from Judy Braus, Executive Director from the North American Association for Environmental Education on the future of EE across the continent.
  • Friday night fun and entertaining nature interpretation from author and naturalist Denny Olson!
  • Educational field trips to Native American Earthworks, Battelle Darby Creek Metropark Nature Center, the Buffalo Soldier Monument and more!
  • Graduate credit is available through Ashland University.
  • Registered Sanitarian credits are also available.

For more information and to register, visit the Environmental Education Council of Ohio website.


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.