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Application deadline to participate in Ohio Instructional Leadership Academy extended to July 1

The deadline for school districts to apply to participate in the Ohio Instructional Leadership Academy has been extended until July 1. The academy is a series of training sessions that will provide building-based teams of administrators and teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to ensure the academic achievement of all students.

For more information about participant requirements and expectations and to register, click here.

It’s time for resident educator end-of-year reporting

The process for end-of-year reporting for the Ohio Resident Educator Program is now open in the Connected Ohio Records for Educators (CORE) system. By June 30, 2013, program coordinators are required to provide confirmation whether or not all Year 1 and/or Year 2 program requirements (including the Formative Progress Review) have been completed. For more information, see the CORE Reporting Requirements.

ODE bus driver training provides realism to special needs evacuation drills

Each June for the past 35 years, ODE provides required advanced training for school bus drivers, transportation directors and other student transportation drivers. The training is a mix of classroom discussion and hands-on exercises covering driving, student safety on and off the bus, and emergency evacuation.

This year, Danielle Kneisly, a senior at Vandalia-Butler High School in Montgomery County, and her service dog BoBo were on hand at the student evacuation drill sessions, held at Centerville and Solon high schools, to add insight and realism to the evacuation drills. Danielle, a special needs student with mobility issues, is transported to school on a bus via wheelchair. BoBo rides the bus and attends classes with her.

Danielle and BoBo were part of the hands-on evacuation drill from a smoke-filled bus of students. Other attendees played the rolls of students of all ages with special needs. The thick smoke created by a smoke machine on board quickly eliminated visibility, increasing the challenge for the participants to safely locate each other, free Danielle’s secured wheel chair, and safely evacuate her and BoBo from the bus.

According to Robert Harmon, ODE’s transportation supervisor, Danielle and BoBo were the first live student and service animal team to participate in this type of training, which in the past relied on a stuffed animal and a training mannequin in a wheelchair. “Danielle and BoBo infused our drill with a realism that allowed participants to take knowledge with them to be better prepared to react to a similar situation in real-time should they have to.”

Watch news coverage of the training at Solon High School on WJW TV in Cleveland here.