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From ODE: Share your comments and help shape the future of education in Ohio

March 21, 2018

From the Ohio Department of Education:

The Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education have released a working draft of the state’s five-year strategic plan for education: EachChild=OurFuture.

The plan’s purpose is to help each child become successful through the guidance and support of caring adults empowered by an effective system. More than 150 preK-12 educators, higher education representatives, parents and caregivers, employers, business leaders and philanthropic organizations worked collaboratively over the last six months to develop it.

This plan lays out a vision and goal for education, along with 15 supporting strategies. Ultimately, it seeks to put Ohio on a path to prepare the next generation of innovators and influencers who will go on to change the world.

You can share your thoughts and comments two ways:

  1. Review the full working draft or the highlights summary and respond to the companion survey between March 12-April 13, 2018.
  2. Attend one of 13 regional, face-to-face community conversations to discuss your thoughts on the plan with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and Ohio Department of Education staff.

From ODE: PAEMST nomination deadline nearing

March 19, 2018

From the Ohio Department of Education:

There is less than a month left to nominate grades K-6 mathematics, science and computer science teachers for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The nomination deadline is April 1. The deadline for nominees to complete their applications is May 1.

Being recognized as a PAEMST awardee is a tremendous honor. Each awardee will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., a certificate signed by the president of the United States and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Consider nominating a teacher for this award to recognize the excellent educators you work with every day.


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

December 24, 2017

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 ( and Facebook page.



Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world

July 31, 2017

Over 1700 scientists are available to videoconference with classrooms. For more information, visit the Skype a Scientist website.


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.


July course for environmental educators at Stone Lab

March 10, 2017

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