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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:



SECO searching for new Executive Director

April 21, 2016

Ad - Exec Director

Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO)
Executive Director (Estimated 20 hours/week)

Position of Executive Director
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for SECO’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and strategic plans. Salary discussed upon application.

The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) hires the Executive Director (ED) as a temporary caretaker of mission, entrusting the organization to the ED with the expectation that it will thrive in the individual’s care. The ED is charged by the SECO Board of Directors (Board) with controlling its course while making it thrive. The ED is the key caretaker of the organization.

To ensure success, the ED should exhibit five essential characteristics. Although, individuals may differ in strengths of these characteristics – every Executive Director needs the following in some combination.

  • Visionary (Leadership and Management)
    • Motivating internal and external stakeholders with a shared picture of the mission of the organization
    • Direct the development of the strategic plan of the organization
    • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems
  • Change agent (Planning)
    • Monitoring and keeping SECO responsive to changing education trends, shifting revenue sources, emerging competition, and public scrutiny
    • Managing internal change processes by working with the Board to set goals and outcomes, create plans, and make change happen
  • Relationship builder (Communications)
    • Managing in a manner that fosters a healthy organizational culture that ensures everyone’s role is valued and recognized
    • Communicating and building relationships with members and funders to gain interest in the mission and support for it
    • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations, including social media
    • Increase membership and conference attendance
  • Partnership builder (Cooperative Community Establishment)
    • Building partnerships that further the mission through cooperative efforts and strategic relationships
    • Support district directors in regional efforts
  • Resource creator (Funding Development)
    • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion

Knowledge and Skills

The ED will be thoroughly committed to SECO’s nonprofit’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree with record of effectively leading an organization through performance- and outcomes-based organizational operation; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Actual Job Responsibilities

  • Planning and operation of annual budget.
  • Increase membership of organization
  • Establishing administrative policies and procedures for all function and for day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Increase visibility of the organization through social media, website, and data collection.
  • Serves as the conference coordinator for the annual state-level conference as well as working with district directors within their regions
  • Serving as SECO’s primary spokesperson to SECO’s members, other organizations with similar mission, Ohio schools, and the general public
  • Establish and maintain relationship with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance SECO’s Mission
  • Report to and work closely with the Board-of-Directors to seek their involvement in policy decision, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization throughout the State of Ohio.
  • Supervise, collaborate with organization’s volunteers
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Oversee SECO’s Board-of-Directors and committee meetings
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts
  • Review contracts for services
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board

SECO Organization

The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is a nonprofit organization. As such, SECO has no “owners” and the funds realized in the operation of the organization will not be used to benefit any owners. The mission of the organization is to Promote Excellence in Science Education within Ohio.

The purpose of SECO is to stimulate and improve science education in all fields and at all instructional levels as a means of increasing, through education, the understanding among Ohio students, and the general public of the nature of the science, methodology, technology and future prospects, and to engage in cooperative activities of any type consistent with this purpose.

The organization is governed and operates through the elected SECO Board-of-Directors. Each of the ten SECO regions in Ohio elect two representatives to the Board. Additional support is provided through an Executive Committee and the Executive Director.

The organization is currently fiscally stable with a membership of 1000.

For additional information and to submit application, contact: Gene Lynn, and visit


ODE Straight A Fund proposals due May 6

April 6, 2016

Ohio’s Straight A Fund supports ideas from local educators that promote academic achievement and economic efficiencies within schools and districts. Educators who have innovative, workable ideas that could advance student learning, achieve significant funding reductions, reduce administrative overhead, or use a shared services delivery model that demonstrates increased efficiency and effectiveness, long-term sustainability, and scalability now enjoy the opportunity to receive money to jumpstart their plans.

Individual applicants can apply for grants up to $1 million dollars and consortia can apply for grants up to $15 million dollars. The Straight A Fund Governing Board has indicated a preference for individual and consortium grants under $1 million dollars.

For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.


ODE Community Connectors proposals due April 29

March 24, 2016

The Community Connectors grant program funds projects to bring together students, their parents, schools, communities, faith or values based organizations and businesses in mentoring programs.

For application materials and more information, visit the Community Connectors website.


March 15 Primary Election is about more than Presidents

March 7, 2016

According to the Secretary of State’s office, Ohioans will be casting votes concerning 68 school tax levy, income tax questions, and bond issues during the March 15, 2016 Primary Election:

  • Adena Local School District (Ross County, Pickaway County)
  • Amanda-Clearcreek Local School District (Fairfield County)
  • Anna Local School District (Shelby County)
  • Arcadia Local School District (Hancock County, Seneca County)
  • Archbold Local School District (Fulton County, Henry County)
  • Athens City School District (Athens County)
  • Avon Lake City School District (Lorain County)
  • Bluffton Exempted Village School District (Allen County, Hancock County)
  • Brunswick City School District (Medina County)
  • Canton Local School District (Stark County)
  • Central Local School District (Defiance County, Williams County)
  • Chippewa Local School District (Wayne County)
  • Clear Fork Valley Local School District (Richland County, Knox County)
  • Coldwater Exempted Village School District (Mercer County)
  • Coshocton City School District (Coshocton County)
  • Delaware City School District (Delaware County)
  • Eastwood Local School District (Wood County)
  • Fairborn City School District (Greene County, Clark County, Montgomery County)
  • Fayetteville-Perry Local School District (Brown County, Clinton County, Highland County)
  • Firelands Local School District (Lorain County)
  • Garfield Heights City School District (Cuyahoga County)
  • Green Local School District (Summit County)
  • Howland Local School District (Trumbull County)
  • Hubbard Exempted Village School District (Trumbull County, Mahoning County)
  • Jackson Local School District (Stark County, Summit County)
  • Jonathan Alder Local School District (Madison County, Franklin County, Union County)
  • Kettering City School District (Montgomery County, Greene County)
  • Kirtland Local School District (Lake County, Geauga County)
  • Lebanon City School District (Warren County)
  • Lexington Local School District (Richland County, Morrow County)
  • Liberty Local School District (Trumbull County)
  • Licking Heights Local School District (Licking County, Franklin County)
  • Manchester Local School District (Summit County)
  • Mapleton Local School District (Ashland County, Lorain County)
  • Marion City School District (Marion County)
  • Mathews Local School District (Trumbull County)
  • Mentor Exempted Village School District (Lake County, Geauga County)
  • New Philadelphia City School District (Tuscarawas County)
  • Newark City School District (Licking County)
  • Newbury Local School District (Geauga County)
  • Northmont City School District (Montgomery County, Darke County, Miami County)
  • Northwest Local School District (Stark County, Summit County, Wayne County)
  • Northwestern Local School District (Clark County, Champaign County)
  • Norton City School District (2 issues) (Summit County)
  • Oberlin City School District (2 issues) (Lorain County)
  • Olentangy Local School District (Delaware County, Franklin County)
  • Perkins Local School District (Erie County)
  • Poland Local School District (Mahoning County)
  • Ridgedale Local School District (Marion County, Crawford County, Wyandot County)
  • Shelby City Local School District (Richland County)
  • Sidney City School District (Shelby County, Logan County)
  • Springfield Local School District (Summit County, Portage County)
  • Tipp City Exempted Village School District (Miami County)
  • Triway Local School District (Wayne County, Holmes County)
  • Troy City School District (Miami County)
  • Twin Valley Community Local School District (Preble County)
  • Urbana City School District (Champaign County)
  • Vermilion Local School District (Erie County, Lorain County)
  • Versailles Exempted Village School District (Darke County, Shelby County)
  • Walnut Township Local School District (Fairfield County)
  • Wauseon Exempted Village School District (Fulton County)
  • Waynesfield-Goshen Local School District (Auglaize County, Allen County, Logan County)
  • West Carrollton City School District (Montgomery County)
  • West Liberty-Salem Local School District (Logan County, Champaign County)
  • Woodmore Local School District (Sandusky County)
  • Xenia Community City School District (Greene County)

Complete levy results will be available in the OSBA database.