For school superintendents, principals and treasurers


New information available on the Straight A Fund: Register now for a webcast
Registration is now open for a webcast to provide the latest updates on the grant application and the impact of recent legislative changes to the Straight A Fund. The webcast will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m.

To register and participate, follow this link: http://event.onlineseminarsolutions.com/r.htm?e=767105&s=1&k=CC3D5A17BF71070CE582F287CFC49013 .

Information and other resources can be found here.

Instructional Improvement System Roadshow dates planned
The 2014 Spring Instructional Improvement System Roadshow will be in late March and early April at the dates, times and locations listed here. The Ohio Department of Education invites all schools not participating in Race to the Top to learn more about the Thinkgate Instructional Improvement System. Any Race to the Top schools who have not yet adopted the Thinkgate Instructional Improvement System are also welcome to attend.

Teams of up to three participants per district or community school will participate in a three-hour “sandbox” session to take a “test drive” of the features and functionality of the Instructional Improvement System. Sessions will include an overview of the system, pricing and hands-on navigation in Ohio’s test site.  Please bring a web-enabled device with you to the session.  Browser and device requirements will be sent to registered participants prior to the event date. Reservations can be made through STARS , using the keywords IIS or Thinkgate. There is a limit of 70 participants per session.

Deadline for using Supplemental Career-Technical Education funds is June 30
House Bill 59 provides supplemental funding for approved Career-Technical Education programs and supports local workforce development efforts and facilitates students’ career readiness and transition to work, or higher education.

Financial reports detailing total and restricted amounts are now available on the Ohio Department of Education website. All local districts eligible to receive Supplemental Career-Technical Education funds, including charter schools, must use these funds by June 30, 2014. For additional information or questions, contact Michelle Stapleton at (614) 466-5576 for southern Ohio regional school districts, Bob Bowermeister at (614) 466-1788 for northwest regional districts, Tawanna Fields-Mphande at (614) 387-2243 for northeast regional districts and Ray Timlin at (614) 644-0627 for east central regional districts.

Please submit Value-Added roster verification commitment forms; register now 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.

Application 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 the complete schedule and 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.