October 20, 2017 - Special Education Updates

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Ohio Center for Deafblind Education Training Opportunities

The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) is offering the following professional development opportunities:

Strategies for Evaluating and Identifying Students with Combined Hearing-Vision Loss And/or Multiple Disabilities

o 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.

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

o 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

DB 101: Improving Access to Enhance Learning for Students with Dual Sensory Impairment or Multiple Disabilities Including Sensory Impairment 

o Description: Participants will learn what it means to be deafblind, about the sensory system, the role of the intervener, how to build relationship and how to communicate with deafblind individuals.

o Target participants: teachers, paraprofessionals, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, O&M specialists, sign language interpreters and parents.

o November 27, 2017 - January 29, 2018  

o Delivery: Online using the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Modules developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB).  

Specialized Techniques for Students with Dual Sensory Impairment of Multiple Disabilities Including Sensory Impairment for Home, School, and In the Community

o Description: The focus of this class will be on concept development, the availability of learning, responsive environments, intervener strategies, and the importance of calendars for deafblind individuals.  

o Target participants: teachers, paraprofessionals, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, O&M specialists, sign language interpreters and parents.

o February 5, 2018 - April 9, 2018 

o Delivery: Online using the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Modules developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB).  

 **Credit is available for the completion of DB 101 & Specialized Techniques for Students with Dual Sensory Impairment of Multiple Disabilities Including Sensory Impairment for Home, School, and In the Community. 

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


October 18, 2017 - Special Education Updates

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Ohio Alternate Assessment Participation Waiver: Public Comment Period Open through Nov. 18

A new provision in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), addresses alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Each state must submit a waiver request to the United States Department of Education if it predicts exceeding 1 percent participation in the alternate assessment in a subject. Ohio’s 2016-2017 alternative assessment participation rate was approximately 1.7 percent in reading, 1.8 percent in mathematics and 1.9 percent in science. Due to this rate, Ohio must request a waiver to the 1 percent cap for the 2018-2019 administration of the alternate assessment in reading, math and science. Ohio will be submitting a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education by November 20, 2017.
The Department will be taking public comments here on the proposed one percent waiver from Oct. 18-Nov. 18, 2017

October 16, 2017 - David Osborne on Tour: Education Project Updates!

David Osborne on Tour:

Reinventing America's Schools Project Updates




What a Week: Raleigh, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge


In Raleigh, David participated in a public forum hosted by EducationNC during which he encouraged North Carolina to move towards implementing the strategies of a 21st century school system. At both public events and private meetings in New Orleans, David celebrated the success of the city's educational transformation and discussed the next steps in working towards an A level school system. While in Baton Rouge, David met with elected officials and participated in a public luncheon hosted by Mayor Sharon Weston Broome. The conversation revolved around the legislative changes that would need to occur for district schools to embrace charter-like strategies.


Mayor Sharon Weston Broome gives opening remarks at a luncheon event in Baton Rouge.

David Osborne, Senator Landrieu, and Mayor Landrieu participate in a lunch discussion in New Orleans.


In Raleigh, policy analyst Molly Osborne interviews her father, David Osborne.



In Case You Missed It:


David Osborne in Raleigh

Policy analyst Molly Osborne interviewed her father, David Osborne.


David discussed the ways charter school principles might be applied to other public schools.


Watch the livestream here.



The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report interviews David Osborne

"Today’s education system should operate every public school like a charter school—with more autonomy, accountability, diversity and less standardization, according to David Osborne, who traveled to Baton Rouge today to promote his book, 'Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System.'"


Continue reading here.

Did You Miss Us Last Week?

This week we're in Denver! Be sure to check out our webpage so that you can come to an event in a city near you!



Get Involved!

Follow David Osborne on Twitter.


Visit The74's page to watch author interviews and read about the cities.


Join the conversation on social media: #ReinventingEd





Follow the conversation: @osbornedavid, @ppi, #ReinventingEd    

Get involved: elanghorne@ppionline.org 



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October 16, 2017 - [UPCOMING WEBINAR] 3 Key Steps to Strategizing Your Building Project


Defining and Initiating the Process


The building is the single largest financial asset a charter school has, so maximize it!

Join us Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 3:00 pm for a webinar that will get you up and running on your school construction planning for next summer! We will strategize three essentials; Identifying Need, Developing Solutions, and Stakeholder Buy-in for launching your renovation or addition project to make the most of you school building.  Now is the time of year to start the journey through this process--so jump on board!


Defining and Initiating the Process Webinar - $99

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm EST

 Register Here

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Upcoming Webinars


You don't have to embark on the renovation or addition journey alone! Be guided through three primary phases of school construction planning with this webinar series. We will take a more detailed approach, sharing best practices, identifying risks, and generating frameworks for strategies.  Each webinar is timed just ahead of its phase for a typical project to give you the tools to take on the next steps. 


Planning and Designing the Improvements - $99

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm EST


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Construction and Turnover - $99

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm EST


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Register for all 3 - $249!


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October 13, 2017 - Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria Monthly Update – October 2017  


October 13, 2017


Ohio Superintendents


Paolo DeMaria, State Superintendent


Monthly Update – October 2017


My apologies for missing a Monthly Update in September.

Report Cards Reflection: The report card rollout was pretty much as expected. Technically, things went relatively smoothly. We had a data issue with the Career Tech Planning District report cards. Our website managed to hold up OK to the annual report card-driven onslaught of website hits.

I was pleased with the progress that the data showed. There is solid improvement happening across the state. I share in the frustration that the improvement isn’t always reflected in the letter grades. As was the case last year, I carefully stayed on top of all the news stories and the various discussions of the report cards. This helps me better understand the concerns and issues that exist — which confirm some of what we already know and help us to continue to identify issues to work on going forward.

Work on next year’s report cards started the day after the last ones were released. There are several changes that we proposed as part of our ESSA application (K-3 Literacy, Value-Added, Gap Closing, etc.). I also expect that the Standards, Assessment and Accountability Workgroup (part of the strategic planning process) will review and come forth with recommendations around the report card. There also continues to be great interest in expanding beyond purely academic and test-based measures. We will continue to work toward improvement.

ESSA Application Submission: The ESSA application was sent to the U.S. Department of Education in mid-September. We are excited to reach this important milestone. We continue to support implementation of key components of the plan while we await the federal review process and any comments.

Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education: The work on the strategic plan is in full swing. The five workgroups have had their initial meetings and will continue to meet every two weeks for the next several months. The five workgroups are focused on the following key areas:

  • Early learning and literacy (preparing our youngest children for success in school);
  • Standards, assessments and accountability (specifying and measuring what students know and are able to do and reporting on school/district progress);
  • Excellent educators and instructional practices (excellent teachers, teaching and school management);
  • Student supports and school climate and culture (supporting students and offering an environment that maximizes learning);
  • High school success and postsecondary connections (clear academic expectations and smooth transitions to higher education and work).

I have emphasized to all the groups that this work is not about top-down mandates. The process will respect local control and the uniqueness of every district. The process will, however, seek to identify consensus around areas of general improvement in the key focus areas that we can collaboratively develop as we strive to continually improve the education system in the state.

You can stay updated about the strategic planning process here.

Class of 2018 Graduation Options FAQs: We’ve put together a set of FAQs related to the additional graduation options enacted by the Ohio General Assembly for the class of 2018. These can be found here.

State Teacher of the Year and Board District Teachers of the Year: I had a great time recognizing 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year Jon Juravich from Olentangy Liberty Tree Elementary School at an all-school assembly. The students were so excited. Jon is an art teacher who brings his passion to his students and the community he serves. He is a great reflection of all the wonderful teachers we have in Ohio. In addition to Jon, we designated nine other board district teachers of the year as follows:

Patty Couts, Port Washington Elementary School (Indian Valley Local Schools)

Bobbie Foy, Medina High School (Medina City Schools)

Kiel Gallina, Lake Middle School (Lake Local Schools)

Megan Large, South Webster High (Bloom-Vernon Local Schools)             

Dr. Matthew Luginbill, Cuyahoga Heights Elementary (Cuyahoga Heights Local Schools)

Rachel Murdock, Stivers School for the Arts (Dayton City Schools) 

Daniel Scarmack, Hubbard High School (Hubbard Exempted Village School District)

Mark Suter, Elida High School (Elida Local Schools)               

Jay Welenc, Toledo School for the Arts (Toledo)

Information Needed About Drug Prevention Activities in Schools: We are working with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) to better understand what activities schools and communities are using to promote drug abuse prevention awareness. Please ask key members of your staff to take this short survey, which can be found here: ohiospreventioncapacitysurvey.com/ 

This information is confidential and will help us in continuing to develop meaningful resources and strategies. I appreciate your participation.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Promotes PAX Good Behavior Game: OhioMHAS is promoting the PAX Good Behavior Game with some funds from a recently received federal 21st Century Cures grant. This classroom-based preventive intervention (one approach to implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports) supports positive behaviors and improves social-emotional outcomes. OhioMHAS is committing resources to support the training of up to 1,500 teachers on the game and providing refresher training for 2,000 previously trained teachers. They are coordinating their outreach through the Ohio Department of Education’s state support teams. This is another great example of cross-agency collaboration to accomplish objectives of shared interest. 

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: We are all working together to prevent bullying and other negative behaviors. October is a great month to review needs, strategies and activities aimed at promoting positive behaviors. Links to helpful resources can be found here.

Promoting Personalized Learning – Future Ready Schools: Ohio has joined a multistate project, Future Ready Schools, to help districts and schools that are interested in supporting personalized learning through better leveraging technology and instruction. Many schools in Ohio already are part of Future Ready. Future Ready is a student-centered approach that focuses on helping students develop a set of skills collectively known as “deeper learning competencies.” These skills include thinking critically, using knowledge and information to solve complex problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, learning how to learn and developing academic mindsets. Any Ohio district or school can use the Future Ready Framework and other resources at no cost. More information can be found here.

Wonder (the movie): On Nov. 17, a movie will be released based on the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. You can view the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=ngiK1gQKgK8 (you might need a couple of tissues). There are some great lessons here consistent with acceptance of differences, promoting kindness, anti-bullying and meeting the needs of students with disabilities. This movie and the book can be a great way to drive home some key messages about positive behaviors and creating a school climate of kindness and acceptance. There are many curricular resources available online related to the book. #choosekind

Ohio College Application Month: Oct. 1 to Nov. 15 is Ohio College Application Month. This project is designed to help students with the college or adult career center application process. More than 40 schools, districts and other organizations have signed up to participate. You can find more information here: ohiohighered.org/ocam.

ApprenticeOhio Partnership Officers Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities: A unique partnership between ApprenticeOhio and 10 community colleges across the state (Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Edison State Community College, Lorain County Community College, Marion Technical College, North Central State College, Rhodes State College, Sinclair Community College, Stark State Community College and Washington State Community College) is making it easier for Ohio students to pursue careers in well-paying industries that need workers. The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium will reimburse tuition to participating students for completing pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs in occupations identified by local businesses as needing workers. The programs combine classroom and on-the-job training to help apprentices learn the skills employers need in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, computer programming, construction, health care and business services. For more information, visit Apprentice.Ohio.gov.

Interactions and Opportunities: This past month has been full of various opportunities for me to engage with educators and administrators. Since my last update to you, here is what I’ve been up to:

School and District Visits

  • Fairbrook and Shaw Elementary Schools – Beavercreek (to see the use of the PAX Good Behavior Game)
  • Hull Prairie Intermediate School – Perrysburg (STEM designation presentation)
  • Toledo Maritime Academy
  • Glenwood Middle School – Findlay City
  • Bryan Elementary School (building renovation dedication)

Meetings and Other Visits

  • Ohio Education Data Systems Association Fall Conference
  • Statewide Summit on Enrichment and Education (21st Century Community Learning Center grantees)
  • Columbus Metropolitan Club discussion on The Future of Education (You can view the 55-minute presentation at this link: youtube.com/watch?v=M24pE0BFTJM)
  • Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty (testimony)
  • BASA Fall Conference
  • Google For Education Conference (Pickerington North High School) 

Thanks for everything you do for Ohio’s students!

If you’d like to respond, please do not reply directly to this message. Instead, write to me at superintendent@education.ohio.gov.



October 11, 2017 - Special Education Updates



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State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children Accepting Applications

The State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (SAPEC) is accepting applications for membership through Oct. 31, 2017 for the 2018-2019 school year. The panel is seeking members to represent the categories of parents of children with disabilities and individuals with disabilities from southeastern Ohio. For the membership application and additional information on the panel, visit the Ohio Department of Education website, keyword search SAPEC or click (here) to access the application.

Please remember applicants must be a resident of Ohio, at least 18 years of age, and meet criteria in at least one of the following categories: 

  • parents or legal guardians of children/persons with disabilities (ages birth through 26); 
  • individuals with disabilities; 
  • teachers; 
  • representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel;
  • state and local education officials, including officials who carry out activities under subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act;
  • administrators of programs for children with disabilities; 
  • representatives of other state agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities; 
  • representatives of private schools and public charter schools; 
  • representative of a vocational, community or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities; 
  • representative from the state child welfare agency responsible for foster care; 
  • representatives from the state juvenile and adult corrections agencies. 

October 2017

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