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Science Calculator Guidance

The Ohio Department of Education has produced a  Calculator Guidance document for the Ohio State Science Tests.


Register to learn about the Spanish Visiting Teacher Program on Jan. 30, 2015

Do you anticipate the need for Spanish teachers during the 2015-2016 school or beyond? Would you like to expose your students to a native speaker and cultural expert? Are you trying to figure out how to staff a Spanish language immersion program? If so, the Spanish Visting Teacher Program may be just the answer. Find out more by registering for a Friday, Jan. 30 conference call.


EMIS Newsflash – November 26, 2014

SOES Module in ODDEX Now Live
FY14 March (D) Collection Extended
New FY15 Beginning of Year Student (S) Collection Request
New FY15 Five Year Forecast (P) Optional Collection Request
New SOES Student Contact Collection Request - V2
K-3 Literacy & TGRG Retention Data Appeals Process


Logan, Ohio, teacher among seven national PLTW honorees

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.


Eastern Ohio Shale Academy prepares youth for industry

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 (, Ohio employs more than 178,000 people in the industry, which is still in the drilling stage.


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