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  • December 03, 2017 6:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has scheduled three information sessions across the state this month for those interested in learning more about Community Connectors, the state's mentorship grant program, in advance of the expected opening of applications for the next round of grants in February. The state has $8 million in available funding for the grants.

    The schedule of information sessions is as follows:

    - Tiffin -- Monday, Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m., Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center, 793 E. Township Rd. 201, Tiffin, OH 44883.

    - Archbold – Thursday, Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m., Northwest State Community College, 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502.

    - Chillicothe – Friday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon, Adena Regional Medical Center, PACCAR Medical Education Center, 446 Hospital Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601. 

    To register, contact Nasrin Javid at or call 614-995-4018.

  • December 02, 2017 10:44 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Members of the Ohio Advance CTE/STEM Leadership Caucus met at Boeing, Aerospace and Tech Center in Heath Dec. 1 to discuss ways to increase acknowledgment that CTE encompasses the STEM disciplines; form more bonds between educators and business; and align education efforts with Ohio’s business needs.


    STEM is everywhere and so much a part of career-tech education that many people don’t realize CTE/STEM are one and the same, said Christine Gardner, co-chair of the Caucus along with Aimee Kennedy of Battelle.  “Career-tech is STEM and vice versa, but the two have existed as separate ideas, even though they provide the same high tech education.  One of the goal’s of the Caucus is to promote how integrated CTE and STEM really are,” Gardner said.


    Rick Platt, President and CEO, Aerospace and Tech Center, hosted the meeting and members of the Caucus toured the facility and gained an understanding of their workforce needs.  Eric Burkland, President of the Ohio Manufacturers Association was a guest speaker.


    Members of the Caucus are:

    Christine Gardner - Executive Director - Co-Chair - Ohio Association of CTE

    Aimee Kennedy - Senior Vice President of Education - Co-Chair    - Battelle

    Cheryl Hay - Director of Project Talent Acquisition - JobsOhio

    Chuck Speelman – Superintendent - Tri-Rivers Career Center

    Pegeen Cleary - Executive Director of Workforce Development, CTE - City of Columbus Schools

    Meka Pace - Executive Director - Metro Schools

    Richard Smith – Superintendent - Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

    Scot McLemore - Manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment - Honda

    Joyce Malainy - Superintendent - C-TEC

    Chris Rouillard - Chief Engineer - Boeing Guidance Repair Center

    Brian Bachtel - Assistant Principal/Career Education Director - Kent City Schools

    Rick Pate - Director of Secondary Programs - Hamilton City Schools

    Harry Snyder – Superintendent - Great Oaks Career Center

    Nate Bishko - Director of High School Excel TEC - Mayfield City Schools

    Tess Elshoff - President - State School Board President of Ohio

    Stephanie Lammlein - Chief Administrative Officer - BioMed STEM Academy

    Shaun Yoder - Chief Strategy Officer and Director of External Partnerships - Ohio Department of Education

    Ryan Burgess - Director Office of Workforce Transformation – Ohio Governor’s Office

    Stephen White - Central Ohio District Director and Counsel - Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman


    The Caucus was formed by US Senator Rob Portman.

  • December 02, 2017 9:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The application form for schools seeking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) designations is now available, the Ohio Department of Education announced.

    Schools seeking the designations should submit a letter of intent by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, and final proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

    Applications are available at

    The Ohio STEM Learning Network is hosting a live webinar for schools interested in the designations on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Information about registering for the webinar is available at

  • December 01, 2017 7:30 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio high schools and career-tech centers can apply for $10,000 competitive grants to implement Advanced Career pathways in STEM fields during the 2018-2019 school year. Ohio and its partners – the Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools That Work and a consortium of states – developed several career-tech programs aligned to the 21st-century workplace in multiple pathways. The grant must be used to implement new Advanced Career pathway curricula. A current grant recipient can apply for an additional grant to develop a new curriculum but cannot use grant money for programs it is currently implementing.


    To take advantage of this funding opportunity and adopt an Advanced Career curriculum, complete and email the response form, posted here, to Dan Stacy by Dec. 31, 2017. Please attach to the response form a description of the pathway your school has selected and how you plan to implement the course offerings. Responding schools must sign a memorandum of understanding outlining their commitment to training and other program requirements. Direct questions to Dan Stacy at (614) 644-6325.

  • November 30, 2017 10:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    One of the ways to strengthen career-technical education in Ohio is by sharing knowledge, expertise and successful programs with other educators. 

    Connect with other career-technical and adult educators throughout Ohio by sharing your experience, wisdom and knowledge by presenting a 60-minute session at the 2018 Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference July 23-25, 2018 at the Hilton Easton Columbus.

    Click here to complete the online proposal form. Proposals are due Jan. 31, 2018.

  • November 01, 2017 4:42 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE is looking for CTE student designed submissions for the front cover of the 2018 Connections to Education Conference program. The program is distributed to all conference attendees, presenters and vendors, and the contest winner will receive recognition in the program and the Ohio ACTE website!

    Click here for more information!

  • November 01, 2017 4:37 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates.

    Click here for more information and the application. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2018.

  • November 01, 2017 4:02 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Important reminder about compliance with a school safety requirement. Since the new school safety law went into effect January 2015, the Center for P-20 Safety and Security has worked hard with each school in Ohio to have a compliant safety plan. In 2017, ODE began enforcing the final component of the law — the Emergency Management Test or EMT. The EMT requires schools to test their school emergency management plans and report to the ODE certain data about the EMT. Schools with plans deemed compliant in 2015 and 2016 are required to complete a test and report it by Dec. 31, 2017 or superintendents and principals could be referred to the Office of Professional Conduct.

    ODE Resources and FAQs are available at 

    If you believe that your school has completed this requirement, check in SAFE to see the date of their EMT. If it still shows “add 2017 EMT,” or if you have additional questions, please call (614) 644-2641 or send an email to

  • October 04, 2017 9:31 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    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.

    “Reading is the foundational skill that supports all learning,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Ohio is committed to improving outcomes for our most vulnerable children, and this grant gives us an important boost in those efforts.”

    “I’m pleased to see that Ohio will now have additional resources to help improve the literacy outcomes for disadvantaged students,” said U.S. Senator Rob Portman. “This grant will help ensure that these students are given an opportunity to learn and excel that will ultimately lead to them fulfilling their God-given potential.”

    “By working to increase literacy and improve Ohio students’ reading and writing skills, we can create lifelong learners,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. “Investing in Ohio students gives them an upper hand as they prepare for the next phase of their education and beyond.”

    Approximately 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. The three-year grant will focus on serving the greatest numbers of students living in poverty, students with disabilities, English learners and students identified as having a reading disability.

    The grant builds on Ohio’s commitment to ensuring all students have the reading skills needed to succeed in their education and life. The Department recently worked with Ohio educators to update and refine Ohio’s English language arts learning standards. In addition, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee aims to ensure that all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Through this initiative, schools diagnose reading issues, create individualized Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans, and provide intensive reading interventions. In 2017, even with the more rigorous expectations for promotion, 93.9 percent of students met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee promotion score, up from 93.4 percent last year.

  • October 02, 2017 10:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning Friday, Sept. 29 -- the day most language changes included in FY18-19 budget bill, HB49 (R. Smith), go into effect -- eligible students can now apply 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 (IEP). 

    Previously, the program held two application windows annually, but language included in HB49 changed the program to accept applications all year. 

    Jon Peterson Special Needs 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. 

    Recipients are to use their scholarship for educational services and/or tuition at the participating private school and/or private service provider(s) of the family’s choice. There are currently more than 360 registered schools and private providers statewide.

    To apply, families should research the participating providers in their area and choose the private school and/or provider(s) that are the best fit for their child’s unique learning needs. Families may choose more than one approved provider to fulfill the services listed on their child’s IEP. Students will go through the admissions process at the participating school and/or providers of their choice. Once the student has been accepted, the family will ask the primary provider to apply for the scholarship on their behalf. While students who have an Evaluation Team Report (ETR) that determines they are eligible for special education and related services are eligible to apply for the scholarship, the student must have a finalized IEP in order to receive the scholarship award.

    The number of available scholarships is capped at 5 percent of the total number of students with special needs in the state. Current private school students are eligible to apply for this program. Students cannot receive a scholarship and remain in their resident public school district.

    Families who would like to learn more about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program can go to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) website at

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