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Regional info meetings for Community Connectors slated

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has just announced a series of regional information sessions for the upcoming Community Connectors grant competition. The Community Connectors program funds local partnerships to provide volunteer mentoring to middle and high school students. Valuable information was provided at last year's sessions. Our blog from last year has some perennial tips… Continue reading Regional info meetings for Community Connectors slated

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Striving Readers: Preparing to Succeed on Ohio’s Newest Competitive Grant

Ohio is expected to invite applications early in 2018 for grant funding to improve literacy outcomes among children birth through grade 12. Potential applicants should be preparing now, including taking a critical step before the end of 2017 to ensure their eligibility for the grant competition. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently announced it… Continue reading Striving Readers: Preparing to Succeed on Ohio’s Newest Competitive Grant

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10 Under Recognized STEM/STEAM Resources

Regularly our team is asked for advice on ‘STEMMING’ or ‘STEAMING’ up their classrooms or schools. So we decided to share 10 really cool resources that are not widely recognized. Unless otherwise noted, the resources listed are free. Check these out and share with us your favorites! GrowNextGen GrowNextGen was designed to bring agriculture science… Continue reading 10 Under Recognized STEM/STEAM Resources

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Exploring the Innovator’s Mindset in Mahoning Valley

Recently, I had the pleasure of making new friends and re-connecting with some awesome teachers, leaders and innovators as they gear up for another great school year. The opportunity came about as we assisted Mahoning Co ESC in hosting a site visit for several staff members from Social Finance and Jobs for the Future. You… Continue reading Exploring the Innovator’s Mindset in Mahoning Valley

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Re-envisioning Education – An Ohio District’s Journey Toward Personalizing Learning

For the last six years, Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski has been leading Kenton City School District on a transformational journey.  Kenton, located in Hardin County- in northwest central Ohio, is a small rural district with an urban center that serves nearly 2000 children, 60% of whom live in poverty.   When Penczarski arrived in 2010 the district… Continue reading Re-envisioning Education – An Ohio District’s Journey Toward Personalizing Learning