For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors


Save the Date: Feb. 12 webcast, 2:30 to 4 p.m. – New kindergarten readiness assessment
This webcast will provide an overview about Ohio’s new kindergarten readiness assessment for fall 2014, which is replacing the KRA-L. Registration information for the free webcast (audio and video through computer) will be in next week’s EdConnection. The webcast will be recorded and posted here. This webpage has information about the new assessment.

Educators needed for paid positions to score Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessments
The Ohio Department of Education and Teachscape, a contractor that is administering the Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment for the department this year, are looking for teachers, administrators and university education faculty to serve as assessors who score assessment tasks submitted by third-year resident educators. These beginning teachers must successfully complete the five tasks of the assessment, among other requirements, to qualify for their five-year professional educator licenses.

Applicants for the assessor positions, who will be compensated, must successfully complete online training, scoring practice and a certification test. Assessors will be allowed to work up to 30 hours per week. Each assessor applicant must have a minimum of five years of teaching experience in either a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 setting or in teacher education at a college or university. The program needs assessors experienced with general kindergarten through grade 12 content, as well as specialized areas such as foreign languages; vocational and career-technical fields; teaching students with special needs; or teaching in settings such as crisis centers, detention centers or medical facilities. It is strongly preferred that applicants have a current professional educator license or a permanent teaching certificate.

Selection of candidates will be ongoing until Teachscape has received a sufficient pool of applicants. The first online training opens in February. For more information about becoming an assessor, please see the job description, answers to frequently asked questions, and the RESA Handbook posted here. Those who are interested in applying should send their name and email address to Teachscape at RESA.assessor@teachscape.com.

Value-Added video presentation is now available
A recording of a value-added presentation given during the State Board of Education’s January meeting by Jamie Meade, managing director of strategic measures of Battelle for Kids, is now available here. The presentation details the purpose, uses and significance of value-added measures, and provides a general description of how they are calculated. In addition, the presentation illustrates how value-added data differs from achievement test scores and how it is used to determine how much a student has grown academically during the previous school year. Finally, the presentation explores how value-added information can be used with other data to provide a more complete picture of student progress.

Earth Science Activities now correlated to new Ohio Science Standards
The Ohio Geological Survey has correlated all of its Hands On Earth Science activities to the new State of Ohio Revised Science Standards. Teachers and educators can use these activities to address topics in the recently updated standards and model curriculum, which feature expanded requirements for Earth science and geology.

Hands On activities can be applied from Pre-K through high school grade levels and deal with various content standards, including Earth and space science, chemistry, physical science and life science. All Hands On activity sheets are available for free download here. For more information, contact the Ohio Geological Survey at (614) 265-6576.

Register for School and Public Libraries: Partners on the Road to Reading Success
The Ohio Educational Library Media Association, Kent State University and the State Library of Ohio are hosting this one-day meeting on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This conference will focus on the collaboration between school and public libraries to build reading success. Cherie Pandora and Stacey Hayman, co-authors of Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaboration, are the keynote speakers.

Breakout sessions will focus on aspects of reading and literacy that are relevant to both public and school libraries and give attendees the background knowledge and tools to support student reading and build collaborations between school and public librarians. Sessions include a round-up of new and noteworthy books for children and young adults, hands-on text complexity, use of Ohio’s New Learning Standards, collaborating to build successful teen services and much moreThis event will be held simultaneously at two locations: Kent State University and the State Library of Ohio in Columbus. The cost is $75 and includes lunch. Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register today. The registration deadline is March 1.