New Governor: New ED Priorities

Earlier this month, Ohio welcomed its newest Governor, Mike DeWine. Even before his official inauguration, Governor DeWine began announcing some of his key education and youth-focused priorities. Today EnvisionEdPlus is highlighting some of these priorities and sharing our current thoughts regarding how these priorities could play out to support Ohio’s young people.

The Governor’s Children’s Initiative. Governor DeWine’s first staff appointment was to create the Governor’s Children’s Initiative and hire its first Director, LeeAnne Cornyn, who is charged to “improve communication across all Ohio agencies that provide services to children, engage partners across all sectors (governmental and private) to better align efforts and funding, and advance policy as well as initiate and guide enhancements related to home visiting, early intervention, foster care, children’s health and pediatric systems”. This was the first step to address some of his key youth-focused priorities. Shortly thereafter, Governor DeWine issued several executive orders to provide greater authority within several state departments to individuals charged with a) opioid and other drug prevention and recovery, b) improving foster care services, and c) mental health and addiction prevention services.

New Director at Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (ODMHAS).   I was personally thrilled to learn Lori Criss was appointed as the new Director at ODMHAS. Of course, I was excited because Lori was one of my closest high school friends (love when Steubenville Catholic Central HS Crusader alumnae shine). But, more importantly, throughout her career, Lori’s passion and persistence to prevent youth suicide and address addiction through strong behavioral health supports clearly demonstrate her ability to lead one of Ohio’s most important youth and family serving departments.

The EnvisionEdPlus team looks forward to supporting the work of Directors Criss and Cornyn as they begin rolling out opportunities for communities, youth and families to support child centered prevention, education and recovery.

Education and the Upcoming Biennial Budget. In recent months, Governor DeWine identified education priorities we anticipate will be included in his recommendations for the State’s 2019-2021 biennial budget. While the Governor has not yet released his budget, here is a snapshot of the key education and related plans which may have direct, and indirect effects on schools, youth, families and youth-serving organizations across Ohio.

  • Opioids: Institute abuse-prevention programs at every grade level.
  • Gun violence and control: Add mental health services in schools and add school resource officers.
  • Education funding and testing: Reduce the number of mandated standardized tests; introduce more fairness to the state school funding formula.
  • Jobs and the economy: Expand the use of career tech centers, apprenticeships, and job certification programs.
  • Children: Invest more state money into high-quality early childhood care and preschool.

We also recommend you check out Jessica Poiner’s November 8 blog highlighting then Governor-Elect DeWine’s education plans from the perspective of the Thomas Fordham Institute. From our perspective, her assessment remains right on target.

Ohio has established a strong track-record of using competitive grants to incubate innovation, with a growing emphasis on cross-sector partnership, over the past decade. Given Governor DeWine’s mutual emphasis on children and collaboration, we expect that trend to take off, perhaps with greater alignment of state services and priorities. Education and youth-serving organizations should be prepared to evolve from collecting partnerships that add disparate student services to designing well-aligned, cross-sector systems that comprehensively support the children and families they serve.

Here are two ready-made opportunities to leverage cross-system collaboration:

  • School-based Wraparound and Prevention. EnvisionEdPlus is hoping Governor DeWine’s plans include re-emphasizing the role of intermediary organizations, such as county Family and Children First Councils, to build infrastructure for comprehensive, whole child support systems. In the last six months, we have received requests from numerous districts to assist them in creating school-based wraparound and prevention systems. Should the Governor promote cross-system collaboration related to mental health, we envision a resurgence in efforts like the Care Team Collaborative framework I incubated through Muskingum Valley ESC nearly a decade ago. We also recommend you check out Stark County C.A.R.E. Team and OSU-CAYCI School-Community Collaboration school-based wraparound initiatives.
  • School-Business Collaborations. We won’t be surprised if funding is directed to support expansions in school-business collaborations to provide high school students more access to work-based learning experiences. The Governor specifically calls for a Student Work Experience Tax Incentive for businesses that provide students with work opportunities.  He also wants to see regional job-training partnerships  with local businesses, education providers, and community leaders. Ohio’s Business Advisory Councils (BACs) could be great incubators and convening organizations. Through our work with the Mahoning Valley Business Advisory Council and the Marion Area Workforce Acceleration Collaborative (MAWAC), we see great potential for BACs to bring new workforce aligned opportunities for Ohio’s youth.

Over the next several months, we will provide updates throughout the legislative session as they relate to education and healthy youth development.

~Michele Timmons, EnvisionEdPlus President ( 614.893.7341)

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Supporting Families (Level 1) Consider the differences between engaging and supporting eight types of parents or family members you might encounter. Reflect on your past experiences with each of those types. Create and implement an action plan to improve your support for families who need it. 0.00 2020/07/17 2022/03/24 6
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 1) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of STEAM integration (design thinking) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. Two “office hours” will be available to chat with the instructor and others enrolled in this course. 0.00 2021/01/09 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 1) The brain is constantly changing and molding in response to the environment. These changes impact student learning. This is especially true in terms of trauma. This training is designed to help participants learn what goes on in the brain and how they can set up a learning environment for each of the students in their class. 0.00 2021/01/30 2022/03/24 4
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 2) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of Problem Based Learning(PBL) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
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Supporting Families (Level 2) In Engaging Families Through Support - Level 1, you learned about eight types of parents/caregivers and reflected on your past experiences with each type, culminating in a plan to better engage specific types as partners in their children's education. During this 8-hour asynchronous course you will delve deeper in your understanding of the eight types of parents/caregivers by speaking with individual family members you work with, discovering what they need from you and your program, and implementing an action plan informed by the actual families you serve. Doing so will give you sustainable skills and strategies to build stronger family engagement year after year. 0.00 2021/03/07 2022/03/30 6
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 1) Differentiation is effective instruction that is responsive to the learner’s preferences, interests and their readiness. It could be explained as a framework for thinking about your teaching and your student’s learning. This course discusses differentiation as an effective teaching tool. Included are many resources and strategies to help meet the learning needs of each student. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies and resources to adapt lessons to meet the needs of each student in their classrooms. 0.00 2021/03/18 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 2) This course gives an advanced understanding of the brain. including differences between “active” and “relational” based brains, trauma-related behaviors, and strategies to reach and teach trauma-impacted students so that they can re-engage in learning. Participants will learn about the range of thinking that a brain does, explore how students fit into the range of thinking, and discover healthy ways of engaging the full range of thinking. 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 4
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 2) This 8-hour, self-paced course is facilitated by Laurie Trotter, an EnvisionEdPlus Instructional Specialist. The course explores advanced differentiation as an effective instructional method that is responsive to the learner’s preferences and interests. Create, implement, and improve a lesson plan to engage all learners. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies, and resources to be able to be proficient in starting to adapt lessons to meet all needs of students in their classroom. Prerequisite: Differentiated and Engaged Instruction (Bronze Badge). 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 5
Creativity Belongs in the Classroom (Level 1) Encourage lifelong learning, improve focus, reduce anxiety and enhance thinking in your classroom or program. Creativity is a learned and trained process for getting the most out of higher level thinking and problem solving of your students. Learn how to embed creativity easily into your lessons, using strategies that will help unlock your students ability to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. This course is appropriate for anyone who works with youth and also satisfies the HQPD Gifted competencies of A, B, and D. 0.00 2022/01/14 2022/04/10 5

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