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4/27/2016

Teacher value-added reports coming soon

Teachers who had value-added data last school year should watch their inboxes for an email with access instructions for their individual 2014-2015 EVAAS reports. We encourage teachers to review their reports after the message arrives, because the diagnostic information may help in understanding what instructional strategies and resources worked for students in various achievement level groupings.

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4/27/2016

Register now for Challenging Creative Problem-Solvers with Life Competencies workshop

In collaboration with Lake Erie CollegePerry Local School District and the Ohio Department of Education, the Design Learning Network is hosting the workshop, Challenging Creative Problem-Solvers with Life Competencies, on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Perry. The workshop will explore effective ways to integrate the following into your teaching and learning best practices:

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4/27/2016

Sharing online videos with parents can bolster young children’s reading

Have you seen the three new videos to help parents help their children practice reading? Now is a perfect time to share these with parents, as you encourage students to continue reading through the summer. Reading on the GoReading for a Purpose and Reading on the Screen, each less than three minutes, give parents concrete, easy tips to help their children become stronger readers. Find all videos on INFOhio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee page.

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4/27/2016

Professional development available for sign language interpreter May 7

The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education and the Helen Keller National Center are offering professional development for educational sign language interpreters in Ohio on May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program will be held on the Dublin campus of the University of Dayton's School of Education and Health Sciences Grant Center. The training will focus on strategies that can be used in the classroom when working with a student who has combined vision and hearing loss, as well as information on identifying students and resources available. Time will be given during the training for participants to practice the techniques discussed during the training. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants. Heather Endres, BSW, NIC Advanced, will facilitate the training.

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4/27/2016

Background check updates required for educators who have permanent and non-tax certificates

Educators who hold permanent certificates and permanent non-tax certificates are required by state law to update their FBI criminal background checks every five years through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). In addition, an updated BCI background check is required if the certificate holder has lived outside Ohio within the past five years. Permanent certificate holders whose background checks will expire by June 30 will need to update these if they have not already done so. Educators may view the dates of their previous background checks through the Educator Profile on the department’s website. 

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4/7/2016

Value-added roster verification 2016 begins April 11

If your district is participating in value-added roster verification, note that the principal or school set-up period runs April 11-26 and the teacher roster verification period is April 27 to May 17. Participating in this annual process is the best way for districts to ensure that when teachers with value-added data receive their reports next fall, the reports will accurately reflect teachers’ instructional influence on student progress. When teachers have the opportunity to verify their rosters, the reports’ student performance information is more helpful to them as they consider the results of their teaching strategies.

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4/7/2016

Third-grade teachers may receive seed packets for Earth Day

The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association is offering a limited number of third-grade classrooms free Sweet Basil seed packets in conjunction with the Plant Something campaign’s observance of Earth Day on Friday, April 22. Information about planting the seeds is available here. To receive free seed packets ... 

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