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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.


NSTA Awards due December 15

November 9, 2016

Applications are being accepted for the The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Awards and Recognition Program:

  • Angela Award
  • Distinguished Informal Science Education Awards
  • Distinguished Service to Science Education Awards
  • Distinguished Teaching Awards
  • DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award
  • Faraday Science Communicator Award
  • Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers
  • Ron Mardigian Memorial Biotechnology Explorer Award
  • Northrop Grumman Foundation Excellence in Engineering Education Award
  • NSTA Fellow Award
  • NSTA Legacy Award
  • PASCO STEM Educator Awards
  • Robert E. Yager Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Robert H. Carleton Award
  • SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year
  • Shell Science Teaching Award
  • Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award
  • Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers
  • Vernier Technology Awards
  • Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2016, except for the Shell Teaching Award (deadline: January 6, 2017). For more information, visit the NSTA website.


From ODE: “Call for proposals for STEM School designation and STEM School Equivalent for schools in Ohio”

November 2, 2016

The Ohio Department of Education invites proposals for schools desiring the designation of an Ohio STEM School or STEM School Equivalent, effective with the 2017-2018 school year. The Fiscal Year 2018 STEM School Designation Application will be available Nov.15 on the Department’s STEM webpage. Completed applications must be submitted to the department by 5 p.m., Feb. 17, 2017.

The Ohio STEM Learning Network will host a technical assistance webinar on Dec. 8 for all schools interested in applying for a STEM designation.

For more information, visit the department’s STEM webpage or contact Holly Lavender at (614) 387-0539.


November 8 School Levies, Bond, and Tax Issues Right Around the Corner

November 1, 2016

According to the Secretary of State’s office, Ohioans will be casting votes concerning 151 school tax levies, income tax questions, and bond issues during the November 8, 2016 General Election. Complete levy results will be available in the OSBA database.


NEEF environmental ed grant, podcast

September 30, 2016

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for a total of $90,000 in mini-grants to be awarded to educators in support of their efforts to deliver placed-based environmental education and STEM programming on public lands that is aligned with national K-12 education standards. Funding support for these grants comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NEEF. Application deadline is October 13, 2016. More information is available on the NEEF website.

NEEFcast is a new podcast series exploring the intersection of education and the environment. In the inaugural episode, you’ll hear from Diane Wood, President of NEEF, about NEEF’s work and how she first took interest in the field of environmental education. Then, two teachers talk about how they celebrated National Environmental Education Week 2016 and what they hope their students learned from the experience. Finally, Nick Bradford, Researcher at NEEF, shares some of the research explaining why EE fits well with a number of different learning styles. Make sure you check out the supporting resource page for links to documents, resources, and material related to the episode.


School Districts Plan for November 2016 Levy, Bond, and Tax Issues

August 22, 2016

District planning for the November 8, 2016 ballot is in the news:


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: