OFT Update - Professional issues 3.21.17

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Your feedback stopped early submission of incomplete ESSA plan

Your voices were heard loud and clear - Ohio's draft ESSA plan is missing key elements that could make public education better. Reacting to your feedback, the state announced last week it will work with stakeholders to improve the plan for submission in September. That work will include our members Kay Wait from Toledo and Mark Baumgartner from Cleveland who were appointed to serve on the state Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Assessments. Learn more.

Also of note on the topic of ESSA: Kudos to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman who was the only Republican senator to vote against eliminating regulations in ESSA that hold states accountable for providing the type of education that meets the needs of students with disabilities. Thank you to those who attended the political breakout at OFT's Member Retreat last month where this issue was discussed; your outreach to the Senator was heard.

What kind of professional development do you need?

OFT is working to develop a variety of professional learning sessions for our members. To help in the planning process and setting priorities for sessions to be offered, we need your input. Please take a moment to complete a short survey so we can understand what you need most.

Consistently high performing teacher questions answered

Despite opposition from OFT and the state's Educator Standards Board, the state board of education is moving forward with its definition of a consistently high-performing teacher. Although law requires the board to define it, OFT believes it is impossible to create such a definition with any fairness or validity. It is insulting to professional educators to suggest that they be exempt from professional learning to renew a license. See ODE's FAQ.

Be aware of changes to educator licensure

Hold notice times for educator licensure applications were decreased Jan. 3 to 60 days. Applications submitted without all required items are held by the Ohio Department of Education for 60 while it notifies the applicant of missing information. If required items are not provided within 60 days, the application is declined and ODE charges a nonrefundable $25 processing fee. More

Register for project-based learning conference set for summer

ESC of Central Ohio will hold an internationally attended conference this summer called the PBL (Project-Based Learning) Ohio Institute. The ESC works closely with the Buck Institute for Education, the premier international think-tank and professional learning provider for educators in designing and facilitating PBL practice across grade levels and subject areas. Register now.

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OFT Update - Professional issues is an e-newsletter of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.