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Video of Third Grade Reading Guarantee update session now available
Last week, ODE’s Sasheen Phillips provided an update at the Statewide Education Conference on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.  Click here to see the video. 

Reminder to submit applications for Green Ribbon Schools program
The deadline to submit applications for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program is Nov. 15. The program recognizes schools that reduce environmental impact and costs, and improve the health and wellness of students and staff. The program also looks at schools that provide an effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Ohio may nominate up to four schools, including nonpublic schools, for this national recognition. New this year is a simplified application available here.

BASA hosts Value-Added regional meetings in December
The Buckeye Association of School Administrators is hosting a series of free regional meetings regarding Value-Added basics, called “What Every Superintendent Needs to Know about Teacher Value-Added Reports.”  The meetings, scheduled for December, will focus on building capacity for understanding and using teacher Value-Added information. 

Check-in for each half-day workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. Each session runs from 10 a.m. until noon. 

Session locations are: 

  • Dec. 5 – Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, Valley View  
  • Dec. 11 – Logan High School, Logan 
  • Dec. 13 – Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Cincinnati 
  • Dec. 16 – Bowling Green State University at Levis Commons, Perrysburg
  • Dec. 19 – Buckeye Association of School Administrators central office, Columbus

Please visit the Buckeye Association of School Administrators events page to register:  http://www.basa-ohio.org/Events.    

Ohio Board of Regents spotlights Quality and Value initiative with new Web page 
The Ohio Board of Regents introduced a new webpage to spotlight the Quality and Value initiative announced last week by Gov. John R. Kasich and The Ohio State University President Emeritus Dr. E. Gordon Gee. The webpage, found here, provides updated information on the initiative as well as a submission form that allows visitors to submit their own ideas about enhancing quality and value in higher education in Ohio.

Submitted ideas will be reviewed by Dr. Gee and Chancellor John Carey, both of whom were tasked by Gov. Kasich with developing recommendations that address ways for Ohio’s colleges and universities to balance cost, quality and access. Chancellor Carey and Dr. Gee will travel the state in the months ahead, visiting with college and university presidents, faculty, staff, and students to discuss the Quality and Value initiative and solicit ideas and feedback from those participating in the discussions. A schedule of stops will be posted on the webpage as it becomes available. An initial report on improving the quality and value of higher education in Ohio is due to Gov. Kasich next summer.