For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors


Regional meetings planned to learn about Ohio’s Quality Review Rubrics for Lessons
The Ohio Department of Education and the Office of Curriculum and Assessment will be hosting regional meetings Feb. 18 through March 6, 2014. This is an opportunity to learn how content specific rubrics can help teachers evaluate the quality of lessons and units.

Morning sessions will be offered from 9-11:30 a.m., with repeat afternoon sessions from 2-4:30 p.m. Sessions will be content specific (science, social studies, English language arts and mathematics).

Session dates and locations are:

  • Feb. 18 – Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, 890 West 4th St., Mansfield, 44906;
  • Feb. 24 – Receptions in Fairfield, 5975 Boymel Dr., Fairfield, 45014;
  • March 3 – Stark County, R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Dr. SE, Massillon, 44646;
  • March 5 – Lorain County, Spitzer Conference Center, Lorain County Community College, 1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria, 44035;
  • March 6 – Hancock County Educational Service Center, University of Findlay, Davis Street Building, 300 Davis St., Findlay, 45840.

More information and registration for these events can be found by logging into your SAFE account and accessing STARS. For instructions on obtaining a SAFE account and completing a STARS User Profile, click here.

Register now for new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment webcast
Information for school district administrators and teachers about the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, which is starting this fall, will be provided in a webcast on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 2:30 p.m.

The presentation will include an overview about Ohio’s new assessment, details about the assessment components, how the assessment is administered, teacher training opportunities, timelines and technology components.

Participants can submit questions during the webcast. Presenters are Stephanie Siddens, director, and Sophie Hubbell, assessment coordinator, from the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness.

To register and participate, follow this link: http://event.onlineseminarsolutions.com/r.htm?e=750105&s=1&k=71F0C17F792CDFF4D4D69F6EA4C9E0B2.

U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2014 now open for applications
Scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas including academic and artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and community. All selected scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program in June in Washington, D.C.

For a student to be eligible for selection, application materials, including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts, must be received no later than Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. (CST). Detailed information on this prestigious program can be found here.

“Don’t Get Me Started” video and public service announcement contest now open
The Don’t Get Me Started statewide campaign works to bring awareness and understanding of the prescription drug misuse and abuse in Ohio. The Don’t Get Me Started first annual video and public service announcement competition is seeking videos that will entertain, educate and motivate students to take action around the opiate epidemic in Ohio. More than $6,500 in scholarships will be awarded. Click here for rules and application information.

Ohio Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program
The two Ohio students selected as delegates to the 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program are Mansi Arora of Powell and Liberty Detty of Chillicothe. Arora attends Olentangy Liberty High School and Detty attends Unioto High School. The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. This year’s delegates were designated by Dr. Richard A. Ross, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Arora and Detty were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s annual Washington Week to be held March 8-15, in Washington, D.C.

Spotlight on…Miami Valley Career Center
Impressive 18-year record of job placement for precision machining students
Students who successfully complete the precision machining program at Miami Valley Career Center and want a job get one. Juniors are taking notice of the center’s 18-year record of 100 percent job placement and have filled this year’s class.

The key to the program’s success are partnerships with manufacturers. Case in point, Reynolds Machinery wants to increase the number of students available for the company to hire. So Reynolds is leasing a brand new CNC lathe to Miami Valley for only $1 per year. The center responded to other local companies’ needs and purchased a wire EDM machine over a three-year period through another partnership.

Additionally, Miami Valley offers an automation and robotics program that introduces students to a number of automation and robotic processes. Students from the precision machining and robotics programs are eligible for the $3,000 Tech Prep Scholarship to Sinclair Community College. Sinclair also teaches two dual credit classes to Miami Valley robotics students through its “Quick Start” program. This program features a humanoid robot and a robotic arm, among other modular instructional units.

The Office of Career-Technical Education at the department offers advice and planning about how to develop career-based education for your students. Contact Jamie Nash, associate director, at Jamie.Nash@education.ohio.gov for more information.