From the Superintendent



I believe that one of the most promising opportunities in education right now is the potential to help our girls and boys be better connected to the world of knowledge through technology. When I was a district superintendent, I would have loved to see my students and teachers enjoy the almost limitless access to information and the highly interactive learning technologies that have become available in just the last few years.

That’s why I’m excited about the new Ohio eTextbook Pilot, a $6 million grant program to help schools buy digital educational materials and professional development resources.

The program is making $3 million in grants available in each of Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, and the program is open to all Ohio public and chartered nonpublic schools. Schools must apply by March 7.

This grant program is a firm step forward because it will help our efforts to achieve three things that I consider crucial: placing more learning technology in Ohio classrooms, better connecting students to the technology and information concepts they’ll be using in the 21st century workplace and making sure teachers truly have the skills they need to help our boys and girls learn and grow.

Visit https://ohiohighered.org/content/ohio_etextbook_pilot for application materials. Be sure to read the FAQ and other details on the site before applying. Winners will be announced in late March.

I urge you to think about how you can move forward in offering technology that will help our kids be more engaged in learning and build the strong skills their futures will demand.

Thank you for all you do for the boys and girls of Ohio.


Dr. Richard A. Ross
State Superintendent of Public Instruction