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. 24 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. 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.

Videos tout benefits of Transfer to Degree Guarantee
As part of its effort to raise awareness of the Transfer to Degree Guarantee initiative within the University System of Ohio, the Ohio Board of Regents, in collaboration with Fahlgren Mortine, has distributed a series of videos touting the benefits of the state’s articulation and transfer system. The videos feature transfer students, high school students, veterans, school counselors, administrators and faculty talking about their own experiences with the Transfer to Degree Guarantee. The main video is available on the Transfer Credit home page and social media clips are available on the Board of Regents’ website.

Unique Opportunity for Appalachian Students and Teachers
Ohio Appalachian middle and high school students interested in math, science and technology are encouraged to submit an application for the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2014 Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute. The free summer institute will take place from July 5-18 for high school students and July 13-18 for middle school students. Both sessions will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

All expenses, including meals, lodging, transportation to and from the participant’s home and local transportation will be covered for all participants. Appalachian high school teachers (Grades 9-12) in the math, science and technology fields are eligible to participate and will receive a stipend for their participation. Applications are available here and must be submitted directly to the Governor’s Office of Appalachia and received no later than March 7, 2014. For additional information or questions, call the Governor’s Office of Appalachia at (614) 644-9228.

Digital AP Tuition Waiver still available for limited time only
The Digital AP Tuition Waiver program still has limited funds available for Ohio high school students who want to enroll in an online Advanced Placement course at little to no cost to the student or school through the ilearnOhio website. Applications are open until program funds are exhausted, at which point the program will end. Please note that some courses may require additional costs not covered by the Digital AP Tuition Waiver, such as lab kits or non-digital textbooks. Be sure to check the “Additional Required Resources” information described in the course listing. Funds are awarded first come, first served, with priority given to full one-credit courses. Go to ilearnOhio for more information.

Governor signs proclamation for National Career-Technical Education Month
Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross and Ohio Career-Technical Education Director Steve Gratz met with leaders from seven student organizations to officially launch the state’s participation in National Career-Technical Education Month for February and Skilled Workforce Development Recognition Month for March.

On Feb. 7, Gov. Kasich read and signed the resolution which emphasizes the value of career-technical education and highlights career-technical student organizations. For more information on the event, student organizations and a video proclamation from Gov. Kasich, visit the Ohio Career Tech News website.