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5/30/2014

Free professional development available for world language teachers

Beginning June 11, the department is offering world language educators free professional development workshops on six different days this summer around Ohio. On each day, participants may participate in one or both of the timely sessions to be offered. Topics include Student Learning Objectives/Ohio Teacher Evaluation System and Instructional Best Practices for World Language Teachers.

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5/30/2014

Permanent certificates with expired background checks will be inactivated beginning July 1

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). 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. As a result, these educators will not be permitted to work in Ohio schools until they successfully update their background checks.

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5/30/2014

Teacher and principal evaluator training for “re-calibrating” credentials is delayed

Training and tests will be available in June, rather than mid-May as previously announced, for educators who need to update their credentials as evaluators for the Ohio Teacher or Principal Evaluation Systems. The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), which will administer the re-calibration process, will send notification of the training’s opening date to evaluators who have valid email addresses in the institute’s registration system.

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5/30/2014

Tech skills for Next Generation Assessments and more covered in INFOhio's free online conference, Aug. 4-5

Registration is now open for INFOhio's 3rd annual virtual conference, Find Your Adventure! Educators can register for as many sessions as they want at no charge while earning up to eight contact hours toward professional development requirements.

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5/8/2014

Superintendent Ross sends you a special Teacher Appreciation Week message

Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction, has encouraged school administrators statewide to recognize teachers in their districts this week. In his personal message to teachers, he writes, “You probably remember a special educator in your own life—one who made a subject unusually interesting or inspired you to do more than you thought you could. For me that was my high school Latin teacher, Helen Heller. I mention her often because she has shaped my entire career as an educator – especially my high expectations for what happens in our classrooms each day."

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5/8/2014

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Parent Roadmaps now available

The Ohio Department of Education is introducing Parent Roadmaps, which provide parents with scenarios of the interventions and assessments that their children will receive each year from Kindergarten to Grade 4 as they pertain to the guarantee. These resources are intended to better inform parents about what the Third Grade Reading Guarantee means to their student.

 

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5/8/2014

Third Grade Reading Guarantee webcast for educators is May 16

On Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Ohio Department of Education will host its next webcast on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The webinar will include updates on guidance for individualized education program considerations, as well as information on intervention and remediation from literacy specialists. The webinar will include a question and answer session. Click here to register for the webcast.

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