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5/6/2014

From the Superintendent

As you know, this is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Wednesday will be National School Nurse Day. I hope all of you have planned something this week to recognize these professionals for the essential “on the ground” work they do to help our kids be healthy and well-educated.

Please see more about National School Nurse Day below. I’ll focus this letter on teachers. You probably remember a special educator in your own life—one who made a subject unusually interesting or inspired you to do more than you thought you could. For me that was my high school Latin teacher, Helen Heller. I mention her often because she has shaped my entire career as an educator—especially my high expectations for what happens in our classrooms each day. After I lost my father as a high school senior, Mrs. Heller pushed me to pursue college. She believed in me more than I believed in myself.
 

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5/6/2014

Deadlines and Dates

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

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5/6/2014

Superintendents to have Principal Value-Added Composite Reports next week

In next week’s EdConnection, the department will explain to superintendents how to access within SAFE the individualized Principal Value-Added Composite reports to assist them in completing principal and assistant principal evaluations this year. The reports will include a multi-year composite score based on Value-Added measures from the buildings where the principals and assistant principals served in these roles during the years beginning in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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5/6/2014

Third Grade Reading Guarantee webcast scheduled for May 16

On Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Ohio Department of Education will host its next webcast on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

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5/6/2014

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Parent Roadmaps now available

The Ohio Department of Education is introducing Parent Roadmaps, which provide parents with scenarios of the interventions and assessments that their children will receive each year from Kindergarten to Grade 4 as they pertain to the guarantee.

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5/6/2014

National School Nurse Day is May 7

National School Nurse Day was established to celebrate the specialty practice of school nursing and applaud the contributions schools nurses make every day to improve the safety, health and academic success of all students. The Ohio Department of Health asks superintendents to recognize school nurses in their districts on this national day of recognition.

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5/6/2014

Teacher Roster Verification period concludes Tuesday, May 13

If your district is participating in roster verification of 2013-2014 Value-Added data, please remember that the teacher portion of the process will conclude May 13. Principals and/or support teams are asked to ensure that their teachers have begun the process of setting up instructional attribution for the students they taught, how long they taught them and the percentage of instruction they provided each student. From May 14 to June 3, principals will review staff attributions and alerts before giving final approval.

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