Understanding Each Child, Our Future: 10 Priority Strategies


Each Child, Our Future is Ohio’s five-year strategic plan to ensure each student enjoys a bright future thanks to an excellent preK-12 education experience. More than 150 Ohio-based partners helped develop Each Child, Our Future, along with feedback from 1,200 Ohio parents, caregivers, preK-12 and postsecondary educators, employers, business leaders, community members, state legislators and students.
This is the sixth in an 11-part series that walks EdConnection readers through the plan. Last week, we covered the plan’s four equal learning domains. This week, we are providing an overview of the 10 priority strategies that will drive the Department’s future actions. Find the full strategies on pages 14-24 of the plan, appearing in its entirety here.
The 10 strategies that put Each Child, Our Future into action stem from the plan’s vision, one goal and core principles. The strategies are organized around what are considered to be five critical elements that mark a high-quality education experience: excellent educators and instructional practices; standards, assessments and school accountability; student supports and school climate and culture; early learning and literacy; and high school success and postsecondary connections.
Excellent Educators and Instructional Practices

  • Strategy 1: Increase the supply of highly effective teachers and leaders and provide supports to ensure they are effective or highly effective.
  • Strategy 2: Support every principal to be highly effective—especially those leading schools that serve the neediest children.
  • Strategy 3: Improve targeted supports and professional learning so teachers can deliver excellent instruction today, tomorrow and throughout their careers.
Standards, Assessments and School Accountability
  • Strategy 4: Identify clear learning standards and guidelines that reflect all four equal learning domains.
  • Strategy 5: Move toward a varied system of assessments to appropriately gauge the four equal learning domains and allow students to demonstrate competency and mastery in ways beyond state standardized tests.
  • Strategy 6: Refine the state’s accountability system to be a fairer, more meaningful process that reflects all four equal learning domains.
Student Supports and School Climate and Culture
  • Strategy 7: Work together with parents, caregivers and community partners to help schools meet the needs of the whole child.
Early Learning and Literacy
  • Strategy 8: Promote the importance of early learning and expand access to quality early learning experiences.
  • Strategy 9: Develop literacy skills across all ages, grades and subjects.
High School Success and Postsecondary Connections (opportunities)
  • Strategy 10: Ensure high school inspires students to identify paths to future success, and give students multiple ways to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for high school graduation and beyond. 
In the next five issues of EdConnection, we take a closer look at each of these strategies. We begin next week with strategies related to excellent educators and instructional practices.