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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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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 ( and Facebook page.



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.