For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors


January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month
The most common age in Ohio for youths to become child sex trafficking victims is 13 years old. Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery and both human sex and labor trafficking are happening here in Ohio.

To increase statewide awareness about this crime, the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office have created free public awareness materials available for download and distribution. General information and links to additional handouts, fact sheets and posters are available here.

Presidential award presented to two Ohio teachers
Two Ohio educators recently received the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. Elizabeth Pitzer, a fifth grade mathematics teacher in the Arcanum Butler Local Schools in Arcanum and Natalie Harr, an early childhood science teacher in Crestwood Local Schools in Mantua are among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The national winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. The program recognizes teachers for their contributions to instruction and learning, as well as their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. Winners of this presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and also are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and related events.

The nomination period for 2014 awards for elementary teachers is open now through April 1. See the department’s website for eligibility guidelines and nomination information.

Registration now open for INFOhio Third Grade Reading Guarantee webinar
Registration is now open for INFOhio’s free webinar, Reading Resources to Power-Up Students for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The webinar is Thursday, Jan. 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Click here to register for this webinar. Please join the webinar at 3:15 p.m. to make sure your connection works.