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5/19/2015

Educator license fees waived for veterans and those in the military

The Ohio Department of Education is waiving fees for any initial Ohio educator license – or for a renewal – for candidates who are veterans or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserves. Spouses of active duty services members also may receive a license free of charge. The department put this military fee waiver in effect on Jan. 1, 2015, to recognize the contributions of military families. For related assistance about licensure, click here, and for more information on military family resources and programs, click here.

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5/19/2015

New service provides instant email when department’s Web pages are updated

Visitors to education.ohio.gov will see a new feature for getting exactly the news they need as soon as it is published.Through a new service called GovDelivery, used by more than 1,000 government departments nationwide, visitors will be able to subscribe quickly to department newsletters and to email alerts concerning updates to 60 different department Web pages.

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5/4/2015

State Superintendent sends message recognizing teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear Teacher:

Recently, I became a grandfather for the first time. I’m excited to think about spending time with my granddaughter in the next few years, sharing knowledge that I hope will launch her toward a happy, productive life. But, I also know that soon she’ll be spending most of her time with individuals who will have greater influence on her than I do – her teachers. 

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5/4/2015

Free Beach Bags and virtual summer camp offer parents learning activities for K-6 children

With two new sets of free online materials – Beach Bags and Camp INFOhio – parents now have more fun ways to keep their children learning at home this summer. The Beach Bags for kindergarten through grade 3 feature stories and activities, so children can practice reading skills while learning about careers and helping the environment. Camp INFOhio contains five days of reading, activities and experiments centered on topics related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math). We encourage schools and teachers to make links to these materials available to their parents – or print the short handouts for families’ home use.

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5/4/2015

Department seeks educators to help define standard setting for state tests in science and social studies

The Ohio Department of Education is currently accepting applications for educators who wish to participate in meetings Aug. 6-7 in Columbus for the purpose of conducting performance level-setting for state tests in science and social studies. The state tests to be discussed will include grades 4 and 6 social studies; grades 5 and 8 science; and high school Biology, American Government, American History and Physical Science. Interested educators must submit applications by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

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5/4/2015

Register now for credentialed evaluator training sessions

Educators who wish to become credentialed evaluators for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System may select one of the required three-day training sessions that begin in June. In addition to completing this training, educators who meet the qualifications for serving as evaluators hold current educator licenses, are approved by their education agencies as evaluators and have passed an online credentialing assessment. 

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5/4/2015

New opportunity available for value-added leaders and teachers

Applications are now available for Ohio principals, assistant principals and teachers to serve as value-added leaders. The Ohio Department of Education, with support from Battelle for Kids, is announcing the selection, development and credentialing of a regionally selected group of school leaders for understanding and using value-added measures. Principals, assistant principals – as well as teachers – who have experience using this data to inform school improvement efforts are encouraged to apply for these leadership opportunities to improve data literacy among Ohio’s school leaders.

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