March 31, 2016 -Standards revision survey closes Tuesday – voice your opinion soon!

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If you have not yet submitted suggestions for the survey about revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in mathematics and English language arts, please know that the survey closes Tuesday, April 5.  

The purpose of the survey is to fine-tune and improve the standards, building on what is already working. Your perspectives will be essential as we determine if the standards are still suitable for their grade levels, still providing critical subject-area knowledge and still leading to higher student achievement in the skills that colleges and employers tell us are most important.  

We hope you will consider becoming part of this important effort.

To complete the survey and learn more information, see the standards revision Web page.

 


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March 30, 2016 -Lost and Found: What Works (and What Doesn't) for Behaviorally Challenged Students

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Lost and Found: What Works (and What Doesn't) for Behaviorally Challenged Students

Dear J. Leonard,

Trying to modify students’ behavior in the typical reactive mode has not proven effective. It's time to transform our thinking and our practices. The Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model helps educators do just that.

In this free 90-minute webinar, Dr. Ross Greene dives into the CPS model as described in his best-selling books. We'll take a close look at the model and show why it has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, challenging behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusion, and physical, chemical, and mechanical restraints in schools around the world.

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. Ross Greene

Thursday,
May 5th, 2016

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

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Speaker:
Dr. Ross Greene

Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the CPS model of care now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions.

This event is sponsored by PresenceLearning

March 29, 2016 -Dr. David Sousa Speaks at Building Expertise Conference for Educators

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How is technology changing students’ brains?
David Sousa reveals all at Building Expertise 2016.

Recent studies reveal that frequent use of technology causes distinct short-term changes in the way students’ brains function. When students’ attention, memory,
critical thinking, and social behavior are increasingly fragmented, how
should educators adapt instruction?

Best-selling author and authority on educational neuroscience, Dr. David A. Sousa will captivate his audiences in two different sessions at Building Expertise 2016. He’ll take you on a journey through the brain and the way technology is changing it, offering
productive strategies to keep students motivated to learn in this digital age.

Rest assured, technology won’t be replacing teachers any time soon, but Dr. Sousa predicts that teachers who use technology will replace those who do not.

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

Your future awaits! Register today!

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David Sousa

Dr. David A. Sousa
Guest Speaker

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March 23, 2016 -Learn to conduct an effective board assessment

Hi James Leonard,

You may have missed our earlier invitation to join us for a walk-in-clinic on conducting effective board assessments but not to worry, there is still time to register.

Walk-In Clinic: Making Board Assessments Actionable
Thursday, March 24, 2015, 2:00 PM Eastern Time

This will be an interactive session, part education, and part demonstration, of how to use the assessments provided as part of a BoardOnTrack membership and how to make that data actionable.

Register

For those of you who are not BoardOnTrack members, we will provide access to a free online board assessment after the walk-in-clinic to make the learning actionable.

Team BoardOnTrack 
Email: info@boardontrack.com
Phone: 844-BOT-TEAM
Web: www.boardontrack.com

 

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March 18, 2016 -(Exceptional Children) Accessible educational materials, Early Childhood Special Education Conference, Autism Scholarship Program rules

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Guidance available for schools seeking accessible educational materials for students with print disabilities

For some students, printed instructional materials can be a barrier to participation and achievement in the general education curriculum. Accessible educational materials (AEM) remove that barrier. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, state and local education agencies must ensure that children with disabilities who need AEM in the four specialized formats (audio, braille, digital text, and large print) receive those materials in a timely manner, which is defined in Ohio as the delivery of the accessible materials at the same time as their peers receive their materials.

 

The Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials (CISAM) works with school districts to locate AEM for students with print disabilities through their onsite collection, the annual Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students, and other sources. CISAM assists Ohio school district personnel in accessing National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) electronic files, adapting the NIMAS files into the four specialized formats, assigning the NIMAS files to accessible media producers, and/or producing the accessible materials for eligible students. To request AEM for students who can benefit from specialized formats, complete and return a CISAM Materials Request form. Now is the time to send in requests for AEM for the 2016-2017 school year to CISAM.

 

Please share this information with the appropriate personnel in your district. Questions regarding submitting an AEM request can be directed to Judy Siens at 614-644-8357 or jsiens@cisamoh.org.

 

Access the following links for additional information:


Save the Date - July 3rd Ohio Early Childhood Special Education Conference

Participants will gain strategies to:

  • Strengthen relationships between early childhood professionals, families and children;
  • Create environments to foster social emotional growth/learning; and
  • Prevent challenging behavior.


Early childhood classroom and itinerant teachers, early intervention providers, developmental specialists, administrators, and undergraduate and graduate students welcome.


Autism Scholarship Program 5-Year Rule Review

As required, the Ohio Department of Education is reviewing the Autism Scholarship program rules. Generally, the rule changes seek to do a number of things:

  • Rescind portions of the rules that simply restated the statute;
  • Specify the deadlines for parents to apply for a scholarship for an eligible student;
  • Update the reporting requirements to accurately reflect ODE’s shift to an electronic application process for both parents and providers; and
  • Establish clear guidance as to the documentation required from private providers to demonstrate fiscal soundness.


Stakeholder review is an important step in the process. You may provide any comments or suggestions or ask questions you may have concerning the proposed changes to the rules by the close of business March 25, 2016.

 

To review the rules and comment:

  1. Go to the autism scholarship web page at www.education.ohio.gov/autism,
  2. Click on the Autism Scholarship Program: Five-Year Rule Review quick link on the left side of the page.

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March 16, 2016 -Join Dr. Marcia Tate Today: Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom Webinar

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Want to help your students knock the top off of any test? Join Dr. Marcia L. Tate, author of Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom, for a webinar on creating brain-compatible learning environments that foster high achievement. Some of the things she will discuss include:

  • Instilling confidence in students' brains
  • Building effective questioning that shows students are thinking at higher levels
  • Using engaging strategies to deliver instruction
  • Employing rubrics to assess student learning

Learn how to maximize the use of assessment, empowering all students to succeed. Register today.

Date:

Today

Time:

3 p.m. EST

Speaker:

Dr. Marcia L. Tate, author of Formative Assessment
in a Brain-Compatible Classroom


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March 9, 2016 -Join Dr. Marcia Tate: Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom

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Want to help your students knock the top off of any test? Join Dr. Marcia L. Tate, author of Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom, for a webinar on creating brain-compatible learning environments that foster high achievement. Some of the things she will discuss include:

  • Instilling confidence in students' brains
  • Building effective questioning that shows students are thinking at higher levels
  • Using engaging strategies to deliver instruction
  • Employing rubrics to assess student learning

Learn how to maximize the use of assessment, empowering all students to succeed. Register today.

Date:

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

Time:

3 p.m. EST

Speaker:

Dr. Marcia L. Tate, author of Formative Assessment
in a Brain-Compatible Classroom


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March 7, 2016 -The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis

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MARCH 7, 2016

 

The Health of the Charter Public School Movement

A State-by-State Analysis

Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis, which evaluates the health of the charter public school movement in key states across the country. Following the first report released in October 2014, this second edition measures movement growth, innovation, and quality, while this year doubling the number of quality measures. Due to these quality additions, a total of 18 states with charter school laws met the criteria for inclusion in this year’s report. 

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As we have learned, it is not enough to just pass a strong law; we must also make sure that it is implemented well and that other factors for success are in place. Intended as a companion piece to the annual state charter law rankings released earlier this year, the new health rankings provide a comprehensive picture of how charter laws are working in practice. Most of the states with higher-ranked charter school laws are also highly ranked in the health-of-the-movement rankings.

This report provides a helpful framework for determining the overall health of the charter school movement. We are pleased to refine our work to address the question of how states are growing and strengthening their charter schools.

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March 7, 2016 -Exceptional Children - Urban Education Specialist Positions and Assistive Technology Vendor Fairs

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Urban Education Specialist Positions

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, is seeking three Education Program Specialists to be part of the Urban Support Team. The successful candidates will have experience working in an urban setting and both knowledge and experience in any combination of the following specialized areas: response to intervention, literacy, positive behavior interventions and support, special education instruction and/or administration, family support & engagement, post-secondary transition.


For additional information on job duties and minimum qualifications visit www.careers.ohio.gov and search for positions at the Department of Education. All qualified candidates should apply at www.careers.ohio.gov no later than March 17, 2016.


Assistive Technology Vendor Fairs

This hands-on day offers vendor sessions, opportunities to see, touch and feel the latest assistive technology tools and a chance to network with other assistive technology professionals. Register on STARS for this free event, search for the event by date. Lunch provided, door prizes and no registration fee!

  • April 19, 2016 - Findlay Inn and Conference Center (Findlay)
  • April 20, 2016 - NEOMED (Rootstown)
  • April 21, 2015 - Ross-Pike Educational Service District (Chillicothe)

Please direct questions regarding this email to exceptionalchildren@education.ohio.gov.

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March 3, 2016 -What does student engagement mean?

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You hear it everywhere - student engagement. That it's the path to student success, that it's the way to improve your school. But...

What does student engagement mean?

Engagement means that your students have equitable access to differentiated learning opportunities. An engaged teacher challenges their students to high expectations. An engaged classroom uses technology to solve problems and work together. An engaged student feels supported enough to take risks in learning. 

So now you ask: How do I foster engagement in my classroom?

The eProve™ Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool™ (eleot™) reveals strengths, weaknesses and formative trends by measuring and quantifying active student engagement.

What are you really looking at when you observe your classrooms?

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