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TELL Ohio survey opens today and offers free school improvement resources

Starting today and running through April 12, educators can use the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Ohio survey to share their thoughts on conditions they need to do their jobs better, and thus boost student achievement.

Prepared by the New Teacher Center and co-sponsored by ODE and other education organizations, the TELL Ohio survey is free for all Ohio schools. Each school with a response rate of at least 50 percent will receive customized supports, data tools, professional development and an online resource library of best practices as a result of their participation.

Last week, all Ohio principals should have received a packet of letters about TELL Ohio to share with their educators and administrators. Each letter has a different, anonymous access code that can be used only one time. Additional information about the survey can be found here.

ODE to release approved list of research-based reading instruction programs

One of the directives in HB 555 requires ODE to develop an approved list of research-based reading instruction programs that will meet the teacher qualifications component of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The department will post the list of approved programs and the criteria used on the ODE website.

This week, ODE will release the approved list of programs and the criteria. The announcement also will include the process and form for submitting additional programs to be considered for inclusion on the list. Submissions must include evidence that shows how the program meets the criteria. Send submissions to ThirdGradeGuarantee@education.ohio.gov before April 17.

ODE seeks proposals for STEM School designation

ODE is currently accepting proposals from education agencies and business organizations to create public schools in grades 6-12 with a focus on the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as established in ORC 3326. Proposals must be received before 5 p.m. on March 26, 2013. The request for proposal, including submission guidelines is available here.

Upcoming regional meetings to provide updates on high profile state education initiatives

School districts and community schools can get updates on important Ohio education initiatives during upcoming regional meetings hosted by ODE’s Division of Learning. The gatherings are scheduled for April 2, Columbus; April 10, Dayton; April 12, Cincinnati; April 16, Cleveland; April 19, Youngstown; May 8, Toledo; May 10, Athens; and May 16, Findlay.

A 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. session targeted for district leaders will cover OTES/OPES, eTPES, student growth measures, Ohio’s new online educator licensure system, Resident Educator years 3 and 4, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and assessment development work being done by PARCC.

A 4-6:30 p.m. session for teachers will include updates on the same topics and engage participants in a work session on lesson/unit development and evaluation using content-specific rubrics aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards.

Those who plan to attend the April 2 session can register now in STARS. The remaining sessions will be open for registration in STARS by Friday, March 22. All sessions are free, but seating is limited.