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4/7/2015

New initiatives expand career advising and career-tech opportunities for students

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, each school district and joint vocational school district must adopt a policy on career advising. The intent is to expand advising services and critical supports that students receive to prepare them for successful futures.

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4/7/2015

Nominate a district Ohio Teacher of the Year candidate by April 30; more recognition opportunities available

More teachers will gain recognition than ever before at the school district and regional levels through the 2016 Ohio Teacher of the Year program that was restructured to include new State Board Territory Teacher of the Year awards for the 11 State Board territories. State Board of Education members, together with leaders in their territories, are currently contacting district superintendents to actively promote the competition.

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4/7/2015

Recommendations being accepted for Ohio’s Talent Pool

The state of Ohio maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs. This year, the state is accepting teacher and principal recommendations for grades 6-12 now through May 26, 2015. For further information, please visit Ohio Talent Pool or email Patty Griffin.

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4/7/2015

Final Rule publication for Professional Standards for School Food Service

The final rule for professional standards institutes hiring standards for the selection of state and local school nutrition program directors and requires all personnel in school nutrition programs to complete annual continuing education/training. The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a quick reference guide to explain the professional standards final rule. The full final rule also is available here.

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4/7/2015

Mansfield Spanish Immersion School designated as an International Spanish Academy

The Mansfield Spanish Immersion School has been designated as an International Spanish Academy, the highest recognition conferred by the government of Spain on schools abroad that integrate immersive Spanish language learning across the various curricular subject areas. The designation is bestowed on only a small number of North American schools every year.

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3/24/2015

Deadlines and dates

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

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3/24/2015

Safe harbor extended to students

Last week, the governor signed House Bill 7 to ensure that students receive the same safe harbor protections granted to school districts and teachers this year. As Ohio transitions to new state tests, safe harbor gives schools, teachers and now students time to adjust. In most cases, there will no longer be consequences tied to the results of state tests given in the 2014-2015 school year.

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