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4/1/2014

Criminal 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). Because this law was put into place five years ago, educators holding these certificates need to update the background checks when they expire this year, if they have not already done so. As permitted in law, on July 1, 2014, the Ohio Department of Education will begin inactivating permanent certificates of individuals whose background checks have expired and were not updated.

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4/1/2014

Presidential award nominations for K-6 science and math teachers open until April 15

Public and private school educators, parents or community members may nominate teachers of kindergarten through Grade 6 for the Presidential Awards of Excellence in Mathematics and Science. Nominations are due by April 15.

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4/1/2014

INFOhio offers two free webinars in April

Participate in one or both of the upcoming webinars from INFOhio this month. You can learn about the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning, as well as how two educators employed technology to encouarge students to use books and other print media in a project.

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4/1/2014

Articles for parents explain changes in education

As you communicate with parents about timely topics, you may find that a series of short articles available here will serve as useful handouts for topics such as the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and the spring field tests for Next Generation Assessments.

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4/1/2014

Teacher evaluators may soon “re-calibrate” credentials through online training

If you became a credentialed evaluator during the past two years for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, you will be able to renew your designation beginning in May by successfully completing training and a test conducted by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET).To ensure that you will have online access and will receive electronic communications from NIET, you should take steps now to ensure you can login to the NIET website.

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4/1/2014

Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness announces poster contest for grades 1-6

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is sponsoring a poster contest for students in Grades 1-6. April 16 is the deadline for submitting your school’s first-place posters (per grade) to its regional National Weather Service office.

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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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