For school superintendents, principals and treasurers


It’s not too late to submit Value-Added roster verification commitment forms; registration is open for related training sessions
The Ohio Department of Education requests that superintendents confirm their participation in spring Value-Added roster verification of 2013-2014 data as soon as possible. The commitment form and suggested steps to help you get ready for this year’s activities, which begin March 31, appear on the department’s website.

Training sessions begin soon for Ohio principals, building-level leaders and teachers who are either new to the roster verification process or would like a refresher. Principals who are new to the process are encouraged to select one of the half-day, in-person trainings that begin March 31 at one of five regional locations. Experienced principals and teachers can select a one-hour webinar tailored to their needs. To select a date, view the complete training schedule on the department’s website where you also will see resources related to roster verification. Register for a training session in STARS by accessing your SAFE account and searching by the desired date or the keywords roster verification.

Principal’s Toolkit updates now available
Last fall, the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach launched an online Principal’s Toolkit for the 2013-2014 school year. You can find the March update for the toolkit here. The updated toolkit offers reader-friendly articles for your newsletters or website, as well as Q&A sheets and webcast recordings that will simplify your communication with families and teachers about current education initiatives. Topics include spring Ohio field tests for Next Generation Assessments, the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and Starting Talking!, the Governor’s  drug-prevention initiative.

Upcoming webinar details the Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program grant
Ohio Department of Education curriculum staff will host a webinar and provide technical assistance for grant writing regarding the Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program (Title II, Part B) competitive grant application. The webinar will cover the application process, a fiscal overview and address questions specifically concerning the application period from May 2014 to August 2015. The webinar will occur on Wednesday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m.

A phone and web connection are required to participate. To access the video portion of the webinar go to www.anywhereconference.com and login as a “Participant” using the web login number 130280048 and the participant PIN 41474081. To access the audio portion of the webinar, call toll-free (866) 551-1530 and enter participant PIN 41474081#.

More information on the Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program can be found here. For questions, please contact Esther Hopkins.

Value-Added regional seminars planned
The Ohio School Boards Association is partnering with Battelle for Kids and the Ohio Department of Education to provide regional seminars on Value-Added information and how it can help to inform local policy decisions that impact student learning. Learn how your district can use Value-Added information to its benefit. Choose from the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, April 15, Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, Wilmington
Thursday, April 17, Tri-County Career Center, Nelsonville
Tuesday, April 22, Portage County Educational Service Center, Ravenna
Thursday, April 24, Wood County Educational Service Center, Bowling Green

Cost for the two-hour workshop is $50. Register online here, or contact senior events manager Laurie Miller at (614) 540-4000 or (800) 589-OSBA.

National School Change Awards applications now open
Applications are now being accepted for the 15th Annual National School Change Awards. The awards recognize six schools throughout the country that have shown significant change for the better. All materials must be postmarked by March 31. Visit the website for additional details and submission guidelines.