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:
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.
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:
Actual Job Responsibilities
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, firstname.lastname@example.org and visit SECOonline.org.
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.
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.
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:
Complete levy results will be available in the OSBA database.
The Ohio Department of Education has released the second portion of the 2015 Ohio School Report Cards. A searchable database of district and school building results is available on the ODE website.
The Ohio School Report Cards are made up of six components:
ODE has prepared a Guide to 2015 Ohio School Report Cards to explain the components.
Applications are open now for schools that wish to be designated as STEM schools under Ohio law and are due by April 1, 2016.
If your school is ready to make the jump to the STEM model, please plan to attend the introductory webinar on Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is available here. The Ohio STEM Learning Network will detail the application process, discuss the benefits of taking advantage of available 1:1 coaching to ensure a stronger application, and answer questions. Stephanie M. Donofe, director of Integrated Technology at the Ohio Department of Education will join the conversation.
Please email OSLN@battelle.org with any additional questions.