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5/8/2014

Training opens May 15 for teacher and principal evaluators to “re-calibrate” their credentials

If you are an administrator or teacher who became a credentialed evaluator during the past two years for either the Ohio Teacher or Principal Evaluation System, you will be able to renew your designation beginning May 15 by successfully completing training and a test. The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, which administered the original credentialing for the Ohio Department of Education, also developed the required re-calibration training and tests for each designation. To ensure that you will have online access to the training and test, and will receive electronic communications from the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, take steps now to verify that you can login to the institute’s website.

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5/8/2014

Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year selected

Alan Turner has been selected as the Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year. He has taught French and Spanish at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland since 1987. Turner has been an active Ohio Foreign Language Association member since 1987 and has served as that organization’s executive treasurer since 2011.

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5/8/2014

OhioMeansJobs.com will host new site for students and families in the fall

Beginning fall 2014, OhioMeansJobs K-12 will replace the Ohio Career Information System. Part of the state’s premiere job and résumé bank, the site is available at no cost to all Ohio schools, families and citizens. It offers comprehensive, career development tools, online training and resources specifically for students and teachers. All schools can take advantage of the online information sessions available through May. If your district currently uses the Ohio Career Information System, please direct students to print or save their information before July 1, 2014.

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5/8/2014

Grades 7-12 teachers invited to learn more about Holocaust education on June 26

In a day-long program on June 26 titled Echoes and Reflections, teachers will explore how to teach about the Holocaust, as well as other episodes of genocide in history. In addition to the training, in-person and virtual attendees will receive the Echoes and Reflections multimedia curriculum, as well as access to lesson plans, primary sources, handouts, photographs and video testimonials. A Holocaust survivor will be among several speakers at this event, which will be held at Walsh University in North Canton.

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5/8/2014

June Academy offers month-long selection of online and in-person professional development

The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio is hosting a wide variety of learning opportunities during the June Academy. Face-to-face and online options will be available. Select from multi-day, mini-academy options, single-day or half-day options. Topics will include performance task design, project-based learning and the Common Core State Standards. There also is a graduate credit option.

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5/8/2014

STEM-based curricula will help connect students to careers in science and agriculture

How can soybeans help today’s students pave the way for their futures? The Ohio Soybean Council is helping Ohio teachers connect their students to careers in agriculture, food science, engineering, biotechnology and chemistry through GrowNextGen.org.

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4/23/2014

Practice tests are now available in mathematics

End-of-year practice tests for Grades 3-8 mathematics, algebra I, algebra II and geometry are now available on the PARCC website. These are important resources to help students, teachers and test administrators become familiar with the item types and technology. Also available are performance-based English language arts practice tests in Grades 3-11. All students – not just those involved in the field testing – are welcome to review the test items.

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