November 28, 2017 -History Matters! Support the National Charter Schools Research Library!


Help Advance the National Charter Schools Research Library

History matters!  That's why our team launched a bold initiative to preserve, protect, and share the ideas and founding documents generated over the last 25 years by the pioneers of the charter schools movement.  Our goals include:  

  • Preserving historical documents associated with the passage and implementation of state charter laws; 
  • Chronicling the obstacles that were overcome to make charter schools a reality for families; and
  • Honoring the leaders who made chartering possible and sharing their wisdom with future innovators!

As a mission driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your contribution will help propel the National Charter Schools Research Library.  


On #GivingTuesday, you can double your dollars.  For every dollar you give, we have a generous donor who has agreed to match it.  So a $100 gift from you now, becomes a $200 gift to the Library, making your contribution even more impactful.


Help us inspire and democratize excellence.  Make a contribution today!  



James N. Goenner, Ph.D.

President and CEO



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November 27, 2017 - E-signer CORE enhancements coming

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E-signers to find enhancements to CORE functionality and appearance

Soon the Ohio Department of Education is expecting to introduce new functions within the CORE online educator licensure system to help e-signers more easily conduct their review and approval of applications. Representatives from 15 school districts and 10 higher education institutions contributed suggestions as we designed the enhancements.

Among other improvements, the new interface will allow e-signers to view “status notes” that the applicant also can view and receive via email. The notes explain questions about why an application is pending review, on hold or declined, as well as what additional information the applicant must submit before the Department can continue processing the application. The CORE updates also will allow e-signers to link to Educator Profile and an applicant’s current licenses, which many times can help verify if the applicant has applied for the right credentials.

You will receive an additional email with directions on how to access the new e-signer interface and a link to the new e-signer manual. If you have questions or comments about the upcoming new enhancements, please contact


November 17, 2017 - EducationSuperHighway Collaboration

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Dear Community School Leaders and Sponsors,

Did you know that the E-rate program made $150 per student available to help schools upgrade their Wi-Fi networks? Want to know how to get the most bandwidth for your budget?

The Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Education are collaborating with the national non-profit EducationSuperHighway to help improve internet access for Ohio’s students. Through this collaboration, the EducationSuperHighway team is available to help your schools to plan and implement your network upgrade and maximize the federal and state funds available for school connectivity. All of the support they provide is at no cost whatsoever.

EducationSuperHighway helps schools by:

·         Ensuring that every school can access fiber technology to meet future bandwidth needs

·         Helping school districts upgrade bandwidth to support digital learning

·         Ensuring every classroom has robust and reliable Wi-Fi by leveraging the E-rate Category 2 funds available for every school district

This work advances Ohio’s vision of a world-class K–12 public school system that provides high-quality digital learning opportunities for all students. It is clear that digital learning is taking root in even the most rural and remote schools across the state and that we must ensure every classroom in Ohio is equipped with robust connectivity.

I encourage you to take advantage of EducationSuperHighway’s informational webinars to find out more about the free tools, resources and programs that can help you ensure your broadband network supports future bandwidth demands. For instance, check out our on-demand Category 2 webinar series, where you can gain tips on planning, procurement, and bid analysis for internal network upgrades. You can register for upcoming webinars by visiting

Julie Glasier leads the EducationSuperHighway team in Ohio and will also reach out to you directly to understand your existing infrastructure and technology goals -- please don’t hesitate to take advantage of her team’s free expertise and assistance. For questions or additional information, contact or visit


Rashaun Holliman
Office of Community Schools

 Ohio Department of Education


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November 20,2017 - Special Education Updates


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This notification is being sent to those who may have an interest in the Ohio Administrative Rule listed below.

The rule listed below has recently been reviewed by the Ohio Department of Education. View the rule on the Department’s website. You may provide comments about this rule by email to no later than Dec. 13, 2017

OAC 3301-13-03 titled “Establishing provisions for the participation of students with disabilities in required assessments administered at the designated grades” is being amended as part of the five-year rule review. The amendments change the language from “assessments” to “state tests,” remove duplicative content regarding eligibility for excusal from state tests found in Section 3301-0711(C) of the Revised Code and remove examples of specific accommodations as these are determinations that Individualized Education Program teams must make based on individual student needs.


The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children would like to remind stakeholders of two important registrations for students who are blind or visually impaired. Keep in mind that students can be registered for both Federal Quota and the Deafblind Census. 


Federal Quota Registration – The AT & AEM Center at OCALI conducts the Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students on behalf of the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, to qualify for the federal quota allotment of funds to purchase accessible educational materials for students who are blind in Ohio.

Deafblind Census – The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) conducts the Deafblind Census on behalf of the United State Department of Education and in collaboration with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) to qualify for the federal allotment of funds to support students and families with dual sensory loss in Ohio.


Federal Quota Registration – Each registered student generates supplemental funding from the 1879 federal “Act to Promote the Education of the Blind” to purchase accessible educational materials for students from American Printing House for the Blind. These include textbooks and equipment available from the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) for each registered student. 

Deafblind Census – Each registered student generates funding from the United States Department of Education and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, which are used to support consultation, professional development, outreach, technical assistance and information dissemination provided by The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education.  


Federal Quota Registration – Any student who is enrolled in a formally organized public or private, nonprofit educational program of less than college level and qualifies under one of the following:  Meets the Definition of Blindness or Functions at the Definition of Blindness.

Deafblind Census – Any child who meets both following:  Age birth through 21 years and has a vision and hearing loss.  


Federal Quota Registration – School districts (public, private, community, & state supported), Preschools, Department of Disabilities, and Joint Vocational School District

Deafblind Census – School districts (public, private, community, & state supported), Parents, and Agencies


Federal Quota Registration – Complete the Federal Quota Registration Form & return to AT & AEM Center. The Federal Quota Registration Form will be emailed to superintendents on December 7, 2017.

Deafblind Census – Log onto The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education website to complete the Deafblind Census Registration form.


Federal Quota RegistrationJanuary 2-26, 2018

Deafblind Census – Anytime, but please note that 2017 registration ends December 1, 2017


Federal Quota Registration

AT & AEM Center

Federal Quota Registration

Judy Siens: 614-410-1041 

Kelly Houston: 614-410-1039

Deafblind Census

The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

Deafblind Census Registration

Thomas Lather: 614-897-0020 (x104)  


Ohio Center for Deafblind Education Training Opportunities

There is still time to register for The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education’s (OCDBE) Strategies for Evaluating and Identifying Students with Combined Hearing-Vision Loss And/or Multiple Disabilities.

• Description: Participants will learn to identify methods for communicating, plan for individualized assessments, and define their roles in addressing the unique needs of children with complex deficits.

• Target participants: school psychologists, speech language pathologists, and educators

• This training will be presented in five locations around the state:

  • Southern Ohio ESC on November 29, 2017
  • Athens-Meigs ESC on November 30, 2017
  • Mahoning County ESC on December 1, 2017
  • Putnam County ESC on December 4, 2017
  • Ohio School for the Deaf on December 5, 2017

For more information or to register for any of these trainings, please contact Leanne Parnell at or 614-897-0020 x107.

November 16,2017 - Meeting the Promise of Continuous Improvement



A new AdvancED study shows where schools often fall short— lack of direction, supportive culture, student and family engagement, and high standards— and reveals that even high-performing schools struggle to effectively engage students.

The study, written by AdvancED’s president and CEO, Dr. Mark Elgart, synthesizes data from 34,000 schools and 250,000 classrooms to highlight how schools continuously improve and explains why they often see sporadic progress rather than continuous improvement over time.

Dr. Elgart argues that the historic emphasis on compliance over culture and limited measures of progress result in short-term fixes at the expense of sustainable progress. Until education leaders look closely at the key ways continuous improvement practices can improve outcomes, all schools, including the highest-performing ones, will continue to fail to help all students achieve their full potential.

The report’s findings reinforce the correlation between effective continuous improvement practices and the characteristics of high-performing schools, including:

Clear direction

Resource management

Healthy culture

Stakeholder engagement

High expectations

Student engagement

Student-centered instruction

Implementation capacity

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for school improvement, this research offers insight into what successful schools do well and where all schools, even the highest performing ones, need to improve. Download the Executive Summary or the full CIS whitepaper from the AdvancED website.



November 12, 2017 - Where is your board on its path to excellence?


Hi James Leonard,

  • How much time does your board spend focused on strategic work rather than crisis management?
  • Would your organization benefit from a stronger partnership between the board and your CEO?
  • Is your board ready to become governance professionals?

Watch this quick, on-demand webinarfor more detail about the Path to Excellence, and discover what it takes to build and sustain an outstanding charter school board.

Watch the video now.

Team BoardOnTrack
Phone: 844-BOT-TEAM

November 10, 2017 -How are you Supporting Student Learning in your school district? Do you have an innovative practice that works? We need you to share that at our conference!




Call for Presenters Proposal System

2018 OAASFEP Title I / Federal Programs Spring Conference

"Supporting Student Learning"

April 30 – May 2, 2018, Hyatt Regency Columbus

You are invited to submit a proposal to share your work, expertise, and knowledge with other educators from Ohio School Districts, Charter Schools, and Institutions. Accuracy and completeness in filling out the electronic form will aid the Planning Committee in giving full consideration to your proposal in addition to adherence to the guidelines below. Proposals must be submitted by December 10, 2017.

1. A presentation team may consist of a maximum of five presenters.
2. Proposals that are submitted by an exhibitor, vendor, publishing company or other similar company needs to be developed, submitted and presented with an Ohio school or school district. They must also be able to share in the presentation how the product or service resulted in school improvement, impacted instruction changed behavior or assisted with successful reform in a school or district.

3. Proposal must address the “learning targets” for the conference and should enable participants to gain new knowledge, tools, resources, strategies, practices or perspectives during the session.

4. Provide a presentation title as you would like it to appear in the conference planner or program. Remember to avoid abbreviations and acronyms that may be unclear, and keep in mind that many attendees only read the session titles, not the descriptions.

5. Provide a clear description of your presentation as you would like it to appear in the conference planner or program; three to five succinct sentences are usually enough. Be sure the description clearly identifies who should attend (e.g. Grade K-2 teachers; Elementary Principals), what to expect from the session, and entices or encourages them to attend.

Proposal Submission and Selection
1. Completed proposals are due December 10, 2017.

2. Due to the complexity of the conference schedule, we cannot accommodate special time and date requests for presentations. Please ensure you are available to present your session anytime during the conference.

3. Complete and submit your proposal by clicking the button below.
4. Proposals will typically be selected if:
• they are received on time and complete all requested information;
• meet the defined learning targets of the conference;
• there is research or a record of success to support the presentation;
• the content is current in the field of education;
• the proposal specifies solutions to current educational challenges or problems, shares tools or strategies that produce results, provides new knowledge of Title I ESEA/ESSA, IDEA-B, or other federal programs.

5. All proposal contacts will receive an email notifying them of their acceptance, along with specific information on the next steps with their letter of acceptance.

6. All presenters will receive a $150 discount on the conference registration fee. The Conference Registration Form, Conference Program, hotel information, etc. can be found at this website:
7. Profanity, trash talking, or other derogatory words for a person or group of people in all presentations are unacceptable and must not be used at OAASFEP Professional Learning Conferences.

Call for Presenters Form


November 2017

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