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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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12/13/2013

Educator licensure process going paperless Jan. 1

Because the process for submitting and approving all educator licensure applications (initial licenses or renewals) is moving to a completely paperless system as of Jan. 1, any paper applications must be received by Dec. 31 to be processed. Thereafter, applicants and authorized electronic signers must complete the process online through My Educator Profile, the Ohio Department of Education’s online licensure application system.

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12/13/2013

Registration opens for new Ohio Assessments for Educators

Eleven new Ohio Assessments for Educators recently were added to the array of tests for candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator licenses, or licensure in a new area. There are now 39 total Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAEs), which replace the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure assessments, except for world languages.

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12/13/2013

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

This school year is the five-year anniversary of new requirements for holders of permanent certificates and permanent non-tax certificates for working in schools. These certificate holders are required by Ohio law to complete updated FBI background checks through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) every five years. In addition, an updated BCI background check also is required if the certificate holder has lived outside Ohio within the past five years.

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12/13/2013

Registration opens for Ohio Educational Technology Conference

The Ohio Educational Technology Conference will be held on Jan. 27-29 in Columbus, where more than 400 state and national experts will give presentations on P-20 learning and innovation in Ohio. Learn from sessions on the Instructional Improvement System, Next Generation of Assessments, and sessions on integrating technology into classroom curriculum and instruction in content-specific areas.

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