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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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4/7/2016

Applications for free financial literacy training conference due May 15

Educators who teach dedicated, stand-alone courses in financial literacy (personal finance) will want to apply to attend the free Ohio Jump$tart conference to be held Aug. 3-5 in Columbus. Because conference partners are fully sponsoring the event, attendees will receive free breakfast, lunch, snacks, lodging (if required) and conference materials.

Jump$tart National developed the con

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4/7/2016

$martPath offers free interactive grades 1-6 lessons on finance and economics

The University of Cincinnati Economics Center recently launched $martPath, which offers teachers free lessons to bring economic and financial education to life. Through the units, students can learn about personal financial responsibility (such as saving, prudent spending, and prioritizing needs and wants). Each lesson includes a video the teacher uses, followed by a class discussion and an interactive quiz. 

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