Teacher Evaluation. Common Core Standards. Next Generation Assessments. There is a lot going on in education right now. No wonder The Economist magazine wrote recently that there is more change taking place in American education than at any point “in living memory.”
Beginning April 26, recently passed return-to-play legislation requires any applicant for a new or renewal pupil activity (coaching) permit from the Ohio Department of Education to complete specific training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries as well as brain injury management.
Recent calls and social media inquiries to ODE suggest that many teachers are confused about when they have to begin writing Student Learning Objectives, one form of student growth measure being used in the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.
ODE has launched the Data Tools Portal, which provides access to dozens of data resources tracking school improvement and student progress. Using this portal, administrators, teachers and parents can find resources organized by questions they may want to answer. The portal contains student achievement, school finance, career technical education, and early childhood and K-12 assessment data.
Ohio educators are facing a barrage of new initiatives, such as the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, Ohio’s New Learning Standards and the next generation of assessments that require multiple changes in practice all at the same time. As educators begin wading into the waters, they increasingly are turning to social media for insight and support from their colleagues statewide. Even if you have little experience in social media, here are a few tools you can use that are quickly developing into invaluable education-reform communications tools.