February 24, 2016 - Comment period now open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and math

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Comment period now open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics


The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to submit suggestions through April 5 as part of a periodic revision process for Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and math. This feedback will help ensure the standards continue reflecting the most recent research and the experience of educators as they help students become ready for college and careers. Read more here...

Nominations open through March 11 for standards revision working committees in English language arts and mathematics

Beginning today through March 11, educators who have expertise in Ohio’s Learning Standards for English language arts or mathematics may nominate themselves or colleagues to serve on working committees for a standards review process. We are seeking content experts with experience ranging from kindergarten through higher education. Read more here...


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February 23, 2016 -Help us #OpenTheDoors to more charter schools!

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Dear J Leonard,

Now is the best chance to get funding for new and expanding charter schools – and we need your help. The president demonstrated his commitment to charter schools by asking for $350 million in his latest budget, but we need you to do your part.

With $350 million, charter schools could serve thousands of additional students. With 1 million student names on charter school wait lists, this money would go a long way toward opening the doors to more charter schools in communities across America. 

We need your help to tell Congress that our children deserve better choices in education. Click here to email Congress today and ask them to support the Charter Schools Program.

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We need every charter supporter to reach out to Congress. Our nation’s children can’t wait.

Thank you for your support,

Nina Rees
President & CEO
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

 

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February 23, 2016 -Modern Sign in/Out with NeatSchool iPad Stations

NeatSchool™ Stations

simple sign in/out, classroom and staff time reporting

When you deploy a NeatSchool Station, you will never need to print a sign in/out sheet, timesheet or classroom report ever again, yet you will be meeting all the licensing requirements and delight the parents and students in your program.

Parents and staff members can use the same station to sign in or out. The system automatically gets updated with new students and staff members as you add them to the NeatSchool system. The system captures the parent signature exactly as a paper based system would. Staff Members can sign in and out in seconds using their PIN. There is also room for your custom announcement. If you use the calendar, NeatSchool automatically shows the next few upcoming events, so the parents stay informed as they sign in and out.

 

The station is convenient for signing in and out but is much more. With their PIN, and a few clicks, the staff members can bring up emergency information for every student. When a parent, or administrator changes mobile phone, allergies, medical or other information the station gets updated immediately.



 

The Station syncs continuously with the NeatSchool system so from the Dashboard you can immediately see the exact number of staff members and students that are signed in at any point in time. You can also download a report on how many students were signed in at fifteen minute intervals for tracking of your ratios and compliance. 

When a child is signed in or out an e-mail is sent to the parents. The e-mail notification contains information on who signed the student in or out and the exact time. Parents love the feature because they know exactly when their spouse or baby sitter dropped or picked the child from child care activities. This is just one example on something impossible with paper that is completely automated with our system. Individual parents can easily opt in or out from the Parents Portal.

 

A child out of diapers? No problem, the teacher can immediately notify the parent from the classroom using the NeatSchool station. The teacher can report all the classroom incidents as they happen. At the end of the day, when the student is signed out, an automated personalized e-mail is sent to every parent reporting the day activities. The list of activities you can track at the station is fully customizable.

 

Since the system tracks all the sign in and out events for the staff members you essentially have an electronic timesheet. When time for payroll comes you can download a detailed spreadsheet with all the calculations, you just double check and submit it to your payroll company.

 

Stations is just one way NeatSchool helps you organize your program, save time and delight your customers. Want to see what else you can do with NeatSchool™? Check out our complete feature list and start a free trial today.

Or if you prefer to see a demo or talk to other existing customers first, send an e-mail to info@neatschool.net or call us at (650) 691-8563.

 

    

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February 23, 2016 - Powerful PD for Forward-Thinking Teachers and Leaders

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The future of education is in your hands.

In today’s fast-paced environment, maintaining a current skill set is crucial to keeping up with the growing demands of K-12 education. Building Expertise 2016 is the
perfect place to dig deep and plan for your future.

Three days of focused professional development will showcase the latest ideas and breakthroughs in research-based classroom strategies that will propel students into a bright future.

Full-day pre-conference sessions are your one-way ticket to rigorous instruction. You’ll learn from education experts and practitioners while sharing and mingling with
colleagues and peers who share your commitment to reframing classroom instruction and school culture.

Here are just a few of the topics we’ll cover:

Building Expertise has sold out every year, and it’s likely this conference will, too. Join your peers and the experts at Building Expertise 2016: Charting the Future.

Your future waits! Register today!

Speakers

Terry Morgan

Terry Morgan
Instructional Designer & Staff Developer 
Learning Sciences International 

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Deana Senn

Deana Senn
Instructional Designer & Staff Developer 
Learning Sciences International 

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February 16, 2016 -[New Webinar Invitation] SEL: The Real Skills for Success!

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SEL: The Real Skills for Success!

Dear J. Leonard,

Helping at-risk students has become an increasingly complex job for special educators. Amidst the rigor of new curriculum standards and the ever-growing impact of technology, we are challenged to help all students be ready to learn when they enter the classroom. Distractions, fears, and lack of social emotional competence especially impair minority students. 

During this 90 minute webinar, Dr. Ed Dunkelblau, a world-renowned expert in Social Emotional Learning (SEL), will unpack specific skills for providing effective ways that students can acquire social emotional skills enabling them to succeed in their studies and lives.

Can't make it? Register anyway and we'll send you links to the slides and recording once the webinar is over. There is no cost to attend. All participants in the live event will be emailed a certificate of attendance. ASHA members can earn CEUs and NASP members can earn CPDs for attending the live event.


See you online!

Clay Whitehead
Co-CEO & Co-founder
PresenceLearning

Live Webinar
With Dr. Ed Dunkelblau

Thursday,
March 24th, 2016

1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern
10:00 – 11:30 am Pacific

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Dr. Ed Dunkelblau, PresenceLearning Webinar Presenter

Speaker:
Dr. Ed Dunkelblau

Dr. Dunkelblau is a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally known speaker on the topics of social-emotional intelligence, humor, and health.

This event is sponsored by PresenceLearning

February 11, 2016 -What really matters?

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You ask a lot of questions - about curriculum, instruction style, classroom management and more - when it comes to learning in the classroom. But here's the most important question you should ask yourself:

Are you truly engaging your learners?

The best measure of effectiveness in the classroom are not materials, lesson plans, or even performance. Better measures focus on whether students are participating, taking risks and applying what they learn to the world around them. 

So here's the next question: Have you seen eleot?

The eProve™ Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool™ (eleot™) measures and quantifies active student engagement by taking a look at classroom expectations, feedback and learning support.

It's time to focus on what really matters in the classroom: your students. 

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February 10, 2016 - [LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER] Inclusion Is for Every Learner — Or is It?

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Inclusion is for Every Learner — Or is it?

Dear J. Leonard,

At-risk students are often identified as problems as young as kindergarten. Data confirms that our vision of inclusion has not yet been achieved, particularly for children of color. What can we do to reduce instances of inappropriate identification of minority students for special education services? How can we learn to use a cultural lens to examine our current attitudes and practices for our at-risk students?

During this 90 minute webinar, one of the nation's leading consultants on inclusionary practices, Dr. Frances Stetson, presents the major themes, provides strategies and practical tools to address the underlying causes of racial and ethnic disproportionality in special education.

Can't make it? Register anyway and we'll send you a copy of the slides and recording once the webinar is complete. There is no cost to attend. All participants in the live event will be emailed a certificate of attendance.


See you online!

Clay Whitehead
Co-CEO & Co-founder
PresenceLearning

Live Webinar
With Dr. Frances Stetson

Thursday,
February 11th, 2016

1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern
10:00 – 11:30 am Pacific

Register Now

Webinar Presenter Name, PresenceLearning Webinar Presenter

Speaker:
Dr. Frances Stetson

Dr. Stetson is President of Stetson & Associates an educational consulting firm specializing in supporting systems change in schools. She is also the Executive Director and sponsor for the Inclusive Schools Network.

This event is sponsored by PresenceLearning

February 9, 2016 -"Did you know..."

Did you know new things are happening at BCSB.  We have updated our website and produced a great new tool, the Acronym Brochure, to help board members be informed!

 

"Did you know..."

 ...that even though the number of  charter schools  in Ohio decreased in  2014-2016 the number of charter school students increased? 

You can find this and other interesting Charter School Stats and Charter School Fast Facts on the newly updated BCSB website under the Resources section. Come check it out!

 

What's all the BUZZ...

 

BCSB's newest tool for helping board members be more informed is a huge success!  All requests for the Acronym Brochure have been mailed plus it has been made available on the BCSB website in PDF version to download and print!  If you would still like to place an order for the brochure, please email Tobi using the icon below.

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February 9, 2016 - National Alliance Applauds President’s Strong Commitment to Charter Schools in FY2017 Budget

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For Immediate Release
February 9, 2016

National Alliance Applauds President’s Strong Commitment to Charter Schools in FY2017 Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes $350 million for the Charter Schools Program – a 5 percent increase over the $333 million included in the FY2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act. National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement in response to the president’s announcement: 

“Throughout his administration, President Obama has been a strong supporter of charter public schools. The charter school movement is grateful for the president’s support, and we applaud his final budget proposal, which provides critically needed funding for the Charter Schools Program (CSP). This funding will allow more high-quality charter schools to open, expand, and replicate, and allow more students to access the great education they deserve. 

“In the current school year, more than 250,000 new students are attending charter public schools, bringing nationwide enrollment to nearly 3 million students. Yet 1 million names are still on charter school waitlists. Increased funding for the CSP is essential to expanding charter school capacity and reducing these waitlists. 

“We appreciate the president’s show of support through this budget increase, but we must not forget that charter schools are still underfunded compared to traditional public schools. Research has consistently shown that charter schools – despite producing strong learning gains for students and closing achievement gaps – still suffer from serious funding inequity. We urge state legislatures to improve funding for charter schools to ensure that more families in the United States have an equal opportunity to send their children to high-quality public schools.”

About Charter Schools
Charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.

  

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools   1101 15th Street NW  Suite 1010  Washington,  DC   20005   USA

February 9, 2016 -Dr. Dylan Wiliam Keynote at Building Expertise Conference for Educators

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Inspiring teacher growth with Dr. Dylan Wiliam

Building Expertise 2016: Charting the Future is all about digging deep into your 
professional practice with strategies and take-aways that will assist you in helping your 
students succeed in the decades to come. That’s why we invited Dr. Dylan Wiliam to host our Friday morning keynote.

One of the world’s most recognized education authorities, Dr. Wiliam has spent his career evaluating what teachers do that has the biggest impact on student achievement and how leaders best influence teacher effectiveness. His stimulating discussion, Leadership for Teacher Learning: Love the Ones You’re With, will reveal how school leaders can bring reform to their schools and districts by championing formative assessment on a large scale. He will also address why developing great teachers is both critical and challenging. You’ll find out why investing in the teachers we have today is our best strategy to create successful schools for the future.

Join Dr. Wiliam and your peers for a revolutionary experience as you witness the future of our classrooms.

Your future waits! Register today!

Speakers

Dylan Wiliam

Dr. Dylan Wiliam
Executive Director Learning Sciences
Dylan Wiliam Center 

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Dr. Robert J. Marzano

Dr. Robert J. Marzano
Executive Director Learning Sciences
Marzano Center 

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