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9/3/2014

Remember requirement to observe Constitution Day on Sept. 17

Each year, schools nationwide help students understand the U.S. Constitution and its significance by commemorating Constitution Day. This year, the event will be celebrated on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Districts and schools receiving federal funds are required to plan an educational program celebrating Constitution Day. The department encourages schools to involve all students in grades K-12 in the celebration.

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9/3/2014

Ohio Leadership Advisory Council website offers online growth opportunities

The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council has partnered with the Ohio Department of Education to make available free contact hours online. Visit the Ohio Leadership website, click on the Credit Corner tab and follow the directions to download the Individual Professional Development Plan forms to submit to your Local Professional Development Committee.

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8/26/2014

Deadlines and dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection.

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8/26/2014

Principal’s Toolkit update now available

Ohio school building leaders have received the Principal’s Toolkit. This online service contains brief news articles, videos, fact sheets and other information to explain the changes in Ohio education for the 2014-2015 school year to families and teachers.

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8/26/2014

Electronic licensure credentials available to applicants and e-signers; mailing of paper formats to cease

This week, electronic signers (e-signers) for the My Educator Profile licensure system will gain access to electronic copies of newly issued certificates, permits and licenses (new and renewal). By Thursday, e-signers will be able to view a new “status” section in the My Approvals section of the system that will show them all the credential requests they have received, as well as the status of each request in the approval process. Also on Thursday, e-signers may download, save and print credentials that are marked issued (currently valid) for the district’s records.

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8/26/2014

District teams invited to Master Teacher Scoring Workshop on Sept. 15

Whether a district is new or experienced with the master teacher program, participants at a free half-day workshop on Sept. 15 in Westerville (near Columbus) will learn more about conducting this initiative locally.

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8/26/2014

Waiver available for offering certain pasta products in National School Lunch Program

The United States Department of Agriculture is allowing providers of the National School Lunch Program to apply for a waiver to offer non-whole grain-rich pasta products. The waiver will only apply during school years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

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