For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors


Teacher and principal evaluators may “re-calibrate” their credentials through online training beginning in May
If you are an administrator or teacher who became a credentialed evaluator during the past two years for either the Ohio Teacher or Principal Evaluation System, you will be able to renew your designation beginning in May by successfully completing training and a test. The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), which administered the original credentialing for the Ohio Department of Education, also is developing required re-calibration training and tests for each designation. Teacher evaluators will be required to take three hours of online training, principal evaluators must take two hours of online training and all evaluators will need to pass the appropriate test.

If you are registered as an evaluator in the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES), you will not be able to enter data in this system past your credential expiration date unless you have successfully completed the re-calibration process (which is required every two years). To ensure that you will have online access to the training and test, and will receive electronic communications from NIET, you should take steps now to ensure you can login to the NIET website. See the department’s website for details on logging in and finding your credential expiration date. Those who are interested in the initial training to become a credentialed evaluator also will find information on the department’s website.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles launches contest for newly-licensed drivers
Last year, there were nearly 157,000 first-issuance licenses (ages 15-17 years old) granted in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is launching an “I Hold the Key to a Safer Ohio” contest, designed to encourage these new drivers to commit to driving safe—and contribute to a safer Ohio. Winners will be selected quarterly. For contest details and a copy of the contest flyer, click here.

Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness announces poster contest
The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is sponsoring a poster contest for students in Grades 1-6, that should demonstrate the actions they can take before, during and after severe weather events to protect themselves and others. April 16 is the deadline for submitting your school’s first-place posters (per grade) to its regional National Weather Service office. Schools will be notified of their regional winners by the end of May. For complete rules and forms to participate, click here.