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January 2014 Articles

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1/30/2014

Start Talking! campaign offers TEACHable Moments resources; funding for Grade 5-9 prevention programs

Ohio drug deaths, including those caused by abusing prescription drugs, have increased 440 percent from 1999-2011, with prescription drugs driving much of that increase. Many kids are first using drugs as early as 11 and 12 years old. What can teachers do? Because children who talk with their parents and other authority figures about drugs are 50 percent less likely to use them, the new statewide initiative titled Start Talking! is providing teachers and parents with communication tools through the Know! program to help with these short but important conversations.

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1/30/2014

Sign up now for free Ohio Digital Learning Day events on Feb. 5

Wednesday, Feb. 5, is Digital Learning Day 2014, a national campaign to spotlight successful instructional practice and effective use of technology. Teachers and students are encouraged to register to participate in statewide Digital Learning Day events that are all scheduled for Feb. 5, and also to take advantage of resources that will be available that day for future use.

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1/30/2014

Fifth-grade submissions to Amber Alert poster contest due Feb. 27

Schools now have until Feb. 27 (rather than the original Feb. 1 deadline) to submit state-level entries to the National Missing Children’s Day poster contest for fifth-grade students. Each school should submit their best poster to the Missing Children’s Clearinghouse of the Ohio Attorney General’s office, which will select a state winner to send to the national sponsor, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ).

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1/30/2014

Master Teacher workshops planned for scoring committee members on March 11

Teachers and administrators who are serving on local committees that score applications for those seeking the Master Teacher designation are invited to attend one of two workshop sessions to be held in Westerville on Tuesday, March 11.

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1/30/2014

Spring Education Conference to be held March 28

Save March 28 for the free daylong Spring Education Conference that the Ohio Department of Education will hold at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Among other topics, participants will learn more about selecting, developing and using assessments that can measure student growth. There also will be a half-day symposium for teachers, administrators, curriculum directors and other educators who want to know more about advanced placement.

 

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1/30/2014

Presidential award presented to two Ohio teachers

Two Ohio educators recently received the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. Elizabeth Pitzer, a fifth-grade mathematics teacher in the Arcanum Butler Local Schools in Arcanum and Natalie Harr, an early childhood science teacher in Crestwood Local Schools in Mantau are among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

 

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1/30/2014

Apply by April 4 for teaching in Taiwan

Through a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, the Ohio Department of Education invites new and experienced licensed elementary and middle school teachers to apply to the Teaching in Taiwan program. The selected educators teach English to students in Taiwan for one academic year. Teaching contracts are from 10 to 11 months, depending on the placement.

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