For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors


Master Teacher workshops planned for scoring committee members
Teachers and administrators who are serving on local committees that score applications for those seeking the Master Teacher designation are invited to attend one of two workshop sessions to be held in Westerville on Tuesday, March 11. Each 2.5-hour session, offered beginning at 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., will offer participants the opportunity to refine their scoring skills and collaborate with colleagues from other district committees. The agenda will include the scoring of original candidate portfolios, as well as renewal applications. Register for a session by logging into your SAFE account, accessing STARS and searching for keywords master teacher.

Successful completion of the Master Teacher program satisfies one of the requirements for an advanced educator license. Learn more about this designation here.

A special opportunity to teach in Taiwan
Ohio teachers have the opportunity to spend a year living and teaching English in Taiwan through a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. New and experienced elementary and middle school teachers are invited to apply to participate in the Teaching in Taiwan program for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline for applying is Friday, April 4, 2014. For more information, visit the Teaching in Taiwan website or contact Dwight Groce at dwight.groce@education.ohio.gov.

National Missing Children’s Day Poster contest deadline extended to Feb. 27
Schools should submit their best poster to the Attorney General’s office, which will select a state winner to send to the national sponsor, the U.S. Department of Justice. The national winner will be announced at the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May.

Ohio elementary schools can encourage all their students to practice safety tips by conducting local contests and incorporating related lesson plans into the curriculum. To view contest rules, the application and resources, please visit the press room section of the Ohio Amber Alert website. This website also provides prevention tips and notes for parents. Questions may be directed to Vicki Germann at (800) 325‐5604 or (614) 466‐1711.

Save the date for Ohio’s Spring Education Symposium 2014
Reserve March 28 on your calendar for the Ohio Spring Education Symposium. The conference will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Conference details are forthcoming.