National Arts I Education Week – September 11-17, 2016
In 2010 the U.S. Congress designated the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this time arts education advocates across the country join together to help tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.
From American for the Arts:
- Celebrate: Host or attend an event in your community to celebrate the week.
- Advocate: Use the latest tools to bring attention to the cause of arts education in your community or state – sample resolutions, videos, and the Arts Education Navigator – an online tool with six action steps to crafting a personal advocacy plan.
- Participate: Get online and use the hashtag #ArtsEdWeek. Share your story in the social media campaign, #BecauseOfArtsEd to bring national visibility to the issue of arts education.
During National Arts in Education Week, join Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Program Manager, Jeff M. Poulin and special guests for #ArtsEdChat each night from 8:00-9:00pm ET. The schedule is as follows:
- Monday, September 12: Changing Demographics in Education (#Demographics)
- Tuesday, September 13: English Language Learners (#ELLchat)
- Wednesday, September 14: Students on the Autism Spectrum (#ASD)
- Thursday, September 15: Social and Emotional Learning) #SEL)
- Friday, September 16: Career and Technical Education (#CTE)
For more information about activities for the week, the Americans for Arts Education website is:
Ohio Legislative Update
Senate Bill 346 (SB 346) was introduced by Gayle Manning (R – District 13) and co-sponsored by Tom Patton (R District 24), and would require all schools to begin their 2017-2018 school year after Labor Day. Currently school districts can set their own calendars. While this bill requires all schools to start after Labor Day, school districts would have an option to opt-out. Opting-out would require a public hearing at least 30 days beforehand allowing the public to share their concerns.
The Ohio School Board Association opposes the idea, stating that the current start dates permit the first semester to end before winter break and gives more time for preparation for the standardized testing in the spring.
A similar bill was unsuccessfully introduced in 2012.
Ohio School Report Cards
The Ohio School Report Cards are expected to be released September 15th. New this year the six components, Achievement, Gap Closing, K-3 Literacy, Progress, Graduation Rate and Prepared for Success, will each receive a letter grade. Parents and schools would have a more complete snapshot of the quality of education that the students are provided. The Ohio Department of Education is hosting a webcast to share details about what’s new on this year’s report cards and how Ohio raised expectations for students that reflect what it means to be college and career ready.
The webcast will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at noon. To register visit the following website: https://event.onlineseminarsolutions.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=1237817&sessionid=1&key=BBF499BA6F582A64D6DB26D837DA99A8&sourcepage=register
State Board of Education
The State Board of Education will meet this week. Topics listed on the agenda for committee discussions include: Technology Standards Update, Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted students, and change of rules regarding awarding of an Honors Diploma.
The State Board of Education will consider budget recommendations for FY18-19 at their September and October 2016 meetings. Once approved the recommendations will be sent to the Office of Budget and Management, which will work with Governor Kasich’s office to develop a proposed operating budget for the next two years. The proposed budget will be introduced in the Ohio House in February 2017. This will be the last biennial budget submitted by Governor Kasich, who is term-limited, and will complete his term in early January 2019.
At the July 2017 meeting of the State Board of Education, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria recommended that the State Board of Education review funding levels for academic improvement, career-technical education, curriculum, assessment and accountability, early childhood education, educator quality, school choice, and special education.
In November seven seats will be contested on the State Board of Education, which includes 11 elected members and 8 members appointed by the governor.
Three members, Mary Rose Oakar, Ann Jacobs, and Mike Collins, are term-limited, and Ron Rudduck, who was appointed to the Board in 2013 and then was elected, announced that he will not run for another term.
State Board members who will be continuing their elected terms are A. J. Wagner, Sarah Fowler, Kathleen A. McGervey, and Pat Bruns.
At large members, who are appointed by the governor, include Tom Gunlock (president); Tess Elshoff (vice-president); Cathye Flory; Joseph Farmer; C. Todd Jones; Dr. Frank Pettigrew; Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings; and Melanie P. Bolender.
At large members whose terms end on December 31, 2016 include C. Todd Jones,
Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, Dr. Frank Pettigrew, and Melanie Bolender. C. Todd Jones is the only at-large member who is term-limited.
Phi Beta Kappa International’s 48th annual “Poll of the Public’s Attitude Toward the Public Schools” was produced by Langer Research Associates who interviewed by phone 1,221 adults from 50 states. The answers revealed that 45% of respondents thought the focus of schools should be on academics, while 25% thought the focus of schools should be on preparation for work. Twenty-six percent (26%) indicated that schools should prepare students to be good citizens.
Forty-eight percent (48%) rated their local school as deserving a grade of “A” or “B”, but only one quarter rated American schools as warranting the same grade.
Half of respondents said they were very involved with their child’s school, while 32% said they were somewhat involved, and the rest less so.
For complete results see https://edsource.org/2016/national-poll-shows-differing-views-about-focus-of-public-education/56871
Every Student Succeeds ACT (ESSA) formerly No Child Left Behind
The ODE has scheduled a series of meetings on a variety of ESSA topics as state leaders and stakeholders discuss and review options for Ohio’s ESSA Plan. The ODE expects to have a draft of Ohio’s plan completed in early 2017, and submit a final plan to the U.S. Department of Education by the summer of 2017.
ODE seeks stakeholder involvement and there are several different opportunities.
- There is an online survey available for public input at the following site:
Registration is required and available at the website which follows the topic title. Previous webinars have been recorded on the topics of Minimum subgroup (N) size for accountability purposes; State Assessments using nationally-recognized high school assessments (ACT/SAT); Nonacademic/quality report card indicator, Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) status transition; Guaranteeing equitable access to effective teachers using the State Equity Plan; Students who are homeless/McKinney-Vento Act; English Learner report card indicator; Report Card summative rating, disaggregation requirements, required report card indicators, and are available on ODE’s website.
Upcoming ODE Webinars:
Sept. 16 @ 4 p.m. Topic: Federal Funding options and flexibilities
Sept. 23 @ 3:30 p.m. Topic: Academic content standards’ review process
Sept. 30 @ 3:30 p.m. Topic: School Improvement Overview
TBD Topic: Students in the Foster Care System
Live Stakeholder Meetings (registration is available at the listed websites):
Bucyrus – Sept. 14: 5:30-7:30 p.m. http://crawfordessa.eventbrite.com
The Loft at Pickwick Place – 1875 N. Sandusky Ave. – Bucyrus, OH 44820
Cambridge – Oct. 5: 6-8 p.m. http://cambridgeessa.eventbrite.com
Zane State College – EPIC Center – 9900 Brick Church Rd. – Cambridge, OH 43725
Cincinnati – Sept. 29: 5:30-7:30 p.m. http://cincinnatiessa.eventbrite.com
Gwen L. Robinson Conference Hall – 1740 Langdon Farm Rd. – Cincinnati, OH 45237
Greater Cleveland – Sept. 19: 6-8 p.m. http://clevelandessa.eventbrite.com
Tri-C Jerry Sue Thorton Ctr. – 2500 E. 22nd St. – Cleveland, Oh 44115
Dayton – Sept. 8: 6-8 p.m. http://daytonesssa.eventbrite.com
Montgomery County ESC – 200 South Keowee St. – Dayton, OH 45402
Lorain County – Sept. 28: 6-8 p.m. http://lorainessa.eventbrite.com
LCCC – Culinary Arts Center – 1005 N. Abbe Rd. – Elyria, OH 44035
Portsmouth – Oct. 6: 6-8 p.m. http://portsmouthessa.eventbrite.com
South Central Ohio ESC – 522 Glenwood Ave. – New Boston, OH 45662
Toledo – Sept. 15: 6-8 p.m. http://toledoessa.eventbrite.com
The Toledo Club Centennial Room – 235 14th St. – Toledo, OH 43604
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The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association(www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association(www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).