Autum Barry, a Project Lead The Way medical intervention teacher at Logan High School, is one of seven teachers nationwide to receive the National Teacher of Excellence award for 2014. Barry and the other six teachers received the honor during the Nov. 12 Project Lead The Way national summit in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Logan Project Lead The Way program started eight years ago. The program contains four junior-senior-year courses aligned with college credit and embedded with real-world experiences. Barry’s other honors and accomplishments include being the biomedical sciences representative on the Ohio Executive Council and service on assessment writing teams.
Project Lead The Way is a non-profit organization focused on providing K-12 STEM programming through project- and problem-based curriculum. It exists in more than 6,500 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The Utica Shale Academy, located within Southern Local Schools in Columbiana County, is about to graduate its first student. Austin Sadler, the only senior in the academy, completes high school in several months with a diploma and three certifications for the oil and shale industry: Rig Pass, which is for safety; Drilling Instructors Training; and Well Controlled Certification.
Barely a year old, Utica Shale Academy is a blended-learning, charter school. Traditional course work aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards is provided by the Jefferson County Educational Service Center Virtual Learning Academy. Industry-based curriculum is endorsed by the International Association of Drilling Contractors with materials from the Ohio Oil and Gas Education Energy Program.
An advisory board serves to give the academy added insight into the oil and gas industry and to prepare for changes in the job market. According to the Academy’s Web site (www.uticashaleschool.com), Ohio employs more than 178,000 people in the industry, which is still in the drilling stage.
Ohio school districts are working to improve their services for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
As you may have heard, EMIS has made two changes that affect special education reporting, and an additional change is expected later this year.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has announced a program, The Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program (OHAAP), that provides assistance to families with children under twenty-one years of age with permanent hearing impairments to purchase hearing aids. Families with incomes at or below 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.