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2013-2014 Resident Educator Summative Assessment overview now available

An overview of the tasks required for the 2013-2014 Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA), a performance-based assessment that third year resident educators will take this year, is now available here along with a new fact sheet. The document provides a description of the five tasks that must be completed and the windows for completing them. The first task window is Nov. 11 through Dec. 15.

In addition to existing online resources, candidates will have access to further information and resources to support them in completing the RESA. The Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment Participant Handbook – available in November – will contain the full description of each task and its associated rubrics. Materials for candidates will be available online when the first submission window opens.

Beginning teachers must successfully pass RESA and complete all four years of the Ohio Resident Educator program to qualify for a five-year professional license.

Ohio BWC program improves workplace safety while rebating premiums; enroll by Oct. 31

The deadline to enroll in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Industry-Specific Safety program for 2014 is Oct. 31. Part of the BWC’s Destination: Excellence portfolio of programs, this initiative offers school districts a 3 percent reduction on annual workers’ compensation premiums, and is designed to increase workplace safety, prevent accidents and lower workers’ compensation costs over time.

Districts earn the incentive by participating in various loss prevention activities, including attending BWC’s safety training classes, working with BWC safety consultants, and attending the Ohio Safety Congress and Expo. Visit the Industry-Specific Safety Program Web page, or call an employer service specialist at the nearest BWC local service office for more details.

Prudential student volunteer recognition program accepting applications through Nov. 5

Students in grades 5-12 who have actively volunteered in their communities during the past year are encouraged to apply for the for the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Applications are due by Nov. 5.

The Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 to recognize youth for outstanding volunteer service – and in doing so, inspire others to volunteer as well. More information about the program and application materials can be found here.

Nominees sought for National Excellence in Urban Education Program; apply by Nov. 15

The National Center for Urban School Transformation is seeking to recognize the nation’s best urban schools. Urban public and community schools are eligible if they serve low-income communities, do not use selective admission criteria and boast achievement results that exceed state averages for all students.

For the award criteria, list of past winners and information about an Oct. 11 webinar describing the application process, click  here. The application deadline is Nov. 15.