Arts On Line Education Update October 10, 2017


Senate Judiciary Committee: SB196 (Williams, S)

The committee heard sponsor testimony on Senate Bill (SB) 196 from Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland). This legislation would create the offense of aggravated bullying and make it a third-degree misdemeanor.  According to Sen. Williams, the purpose of this bill is not to criminalize individuals but to form a deterrent, ensuring the seriousness of bullying is understood and that the consequences are as serious.  “While the threat of harsher penalties will not in itself deter people from bullying others; our hope is that the offender will weigh the costs and benefits of their behavior and will ultimately act in a way that maximizes acceptable behavior while minimizing emotional and physical pain against others,” Williams testified.

Cincinnati Enquirer: School bullies could face criminal charges under Ohio bill

“School bullies who repeatedly torment their victims would face criminal charges under a new proposal from a Democratic lawmaker.  Bullying can lead to violence, retaliation and even suicide, said Sen. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, who said she recently intervened when a relative was repeatedly bullied at school. One of the bullies was suspended only after threatening a teacher, she said.”



Tuesday, October 10

4:00 p.m. Statehouse Room 121

House Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner

HB318 Patterson, LaTourette, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

Define qualifications and duties of school resource officers

HB338 Ginter, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

Regards school bus driver medical examinations

HB98 Duffey, Boggs, 4th Hearing, All Testimony

Address career information presentations to students

HB200 Koehler, 6th Hearing, All Testimony

Create Opportunity Scholarship Program

Wednesday, October 11

11:00 a.m. Statehouse Room 115

House Higher Education and Workforce Development Chair: Duffey

HB66 Young, 3rd Hearing, Opponent Testimony

Require tenured faculty to teach minimum load

HB240 Barnes, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

Require state higher ed to adopt sex offense policies

HB166 Reineke, Cupp, 6th Hearing, All Testimony

Revise workforce development laws 

Sub. SB3 Beagle, Balderson, 5th Hearing, All Testimony

Review workforce development laws

 3:15 p.m. Senate South Hearing Room

Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner

SB197 Williams, 1st Hearing, Sponsor

Deter harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools 

HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, 3rd Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party

Address computer science curriculum

Thursday, October 12

1:00 p.m. Riffe Center, 31st Floor, North Room

Joint Education Oversight Committee



Ohio Receives $35 Million Literacy Grant from U.S. Department of Education

“To build on ongoing work to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children, Ohio was awarded a $35 million Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.” 

Dayton Daily News: $35M federal grant to help poor, special needs Ohio students

“Ohio has been awarded a $35 million Striving Readers literacy grant from the U.S. Department of Education, according to the Ohio Department of Education.  ODE officials said about 95 percent of the $35 million award will be distributed directly to local schools or early childhood providers to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth through grade 12.”



Toledo Blade: ODOT funding supports Safe Routes to School program

“Toledo students will continue to learn about pedestrian and bicycle safety thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation.  ODOT on Tuesday awarded $710,000 to the YMCA of Greater Toledo’s Live Well program and to the city of Toledo.  Live Well will use its share of the funding — about $70,000 — to continue its Safe Routes to School programs, which aim to make travel to and from school more safe and sustainable for Toledo Public Schools students.” 

Ohio Public Radio: Teachers Union Urges Scrutiny Of ECOT Status Change

“The state’s largest teachers union is urging tough scrutiny on a change of status for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The union says it’s up to the education department to make sure the state isn’t duped by the online charter school.  The Ohio Education Association sent a letter to the state, asking it to make sure the ECOT meets all requirements before allowing it to become a dropout recovery school. “ 

Marion Star: Schools adjust to new attendance law

“A new state law designed to decriminalize truancy in Ohio and deal with the problem before it reaches the courts is presenting new challenges to Marion County schools since it went into effect April 6.  House Bill 410, which was passed by the General Assembly in December 2016, no longer allows schools to pass truancy problems to the court system for criminal punishment, nor can they suspend or expel students who fail to attend class.”

Lima News: Special-needs scholarship applications being accepted

“Applications are accepted year-round for Ohio’s Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program. The program, administered by the Ohio Department of Education, is available for students in grades K-12 who have a current Individualized Education Program.  Scholarships are worth up to $27,000 per year, depending on the child’s special-education category. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation or the student’s 22nd birthday, if he or she has not met graduation requirements.” 



Education Week: The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us

“Fifty years ago, a small group of scholars joined together to launch Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The philosopher Nelson Goodman christened the interdisciplinary team “Project Zero” to convey that while there was plenty of useful lore in education in the arts, there was little systematic knowledge. Through much of the 20th century, it’s fair to say that artistry had not been taken seriously in American social science.

Project Zero has drawn on several disciplines—pre-eminently developmental psychology and cognitive psychology—to elucidate the range of skills and understandings that were appreciated by artists and arts lovers but not by the broader public, including most educators.”



Finding Our Voice: An Arts and Education Summit Professional Development Day

GCAAE“Join the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education for this exciting event where we will “Find Our Voice”! The morning session includes a keynote address by Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Manager from Americans for the Arts, followed by a lively panel discussion to take a deeper dive into the importance of arts education from a local perspective.

The afternoon will provide a number of Professional Development sessions for teachers including topics such as:

• Arts Integration/STEM2STEAM
• Social/Emotional Learning with the Arts
• Moving beyond the THINK System
• New STEAM resources from Americans for the Arts
• Intro to the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative
• Emerging Careers in the Arts

The day promises to have opportunities for you to interact with colleagues and share ideas along the way.

Location: Cincinnati Art Museum
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20
Event registration:


Ohio Music Education Association 2018 Professional Development Conference

OMEA_logoThe Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is giving OAAE members the opportunity to attend their 2018 Professional Development Conference at a discounted rate. This is a great opportunity to learn from the wide variety of clinics that will be presented during the conference.
Use the attached flyer to register for OMEA’s conference:

Renew your OAAE membership:


Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

PD logoHigh-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.

Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)

Workshops will focus on these topics:

  • How to prioritize fine arts standards
  • Deconstruction of standards
  • Aligning assessments with standards
  • Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
  • Sharing with & learning from colleagues
  • Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website

To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching
staff contact:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues:

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.

Upcoming public sessions hosted by Educational Service Centers:

Host: ESC of Lorain County
Date: November 6, 2017
To register contact:

Host: Summit ESC
Date: March 7, 2018
To register contact:


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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.


About OAAE

It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. We believe that: * All children in school must have quality arts education provided by licensed arts educators * All Ohioans have the right to expect quality arts education * All arts programs must have adequate resources * All arts and cultural organizations and artists have a critical role in arts education Learn more at
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