The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, and Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) is adapting to make sure that students continue to be served. This month, MOESC’s press releases will be focusing on showing the public what steps are being taken by each department or team. This first release will focus on the Teaching and Learning Team.
The Teaching and Learning Team provides job-embedded professional development and customized support services to MOESC’s member districts. The team has moved all work to online services, providing the ability to work virtually with teachers and administrators individually or in groups.
The Teaching and Learning Team has created district-specific sites and personalized Google classrooms filled with professional development materials designed to prepare teachers to provide evidence-based planning, instruction, and assessment while schools are closed.
The online content for each district is customized to meet individual teachers’ needs, based on the work previously done in the district from September 2019 to the present. This seamless transition ensures that there is no lag in the professional development designed and implemented at the district, building, and classroom levels.
As part of this process, the Teaching and Learning Team is providing individualized feedback and support for each teacher who accesses the sites.
As has been the case all year, the team members continue to provide individual, personalized assistance on a variety of topics to administrators at all levels.
The team will also make available virtual group sessions across districts for teacher networking, sharing of resources, and planning for the 2020-2021 school year.
As needs change, the Teaching and Learning department is poised to implement services to support educators in the coming months.
Lynn Meister, Director of the Teaching and Learning team, explained, “I am so proud of the Teaching and Learning Team’s ability to immediately adapt all our work to meet the needs of districts, buildings, and individual teachers. The online sites, with new learning and resource materials, also include a personal component so teachers and administrators will remain in contact with the team members through Zoom, phone calls, emails, and FaceTime. The team worked tirelessly to ‘flip’ all our in-district professional development to an online format with district-specific sessions and personal contacts to make it as seamless as possible.
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Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center offers a series of book studies that are moderated online through Google Classroom. They have proven very popular, averaging 70 teachers participating for each book. Although anyone is able to participate, these book studies are specifically designed to provide professional development to teachers who are serving gifted students.
Jennifer Pennell, gifted instruction consultant and one of the creators of the book studies, said, “This year’s offerings have covered topics relating to motivation, persistence, introversion vs. extroversion, and developing a growth mindset. We have discovered how these concepts affect our gifted learners and how we as teachers can support our gifted students to foster a healthy social emotional outlook.”
Pennell said one very enthusiastic participant is Mark Steiner, a Lucas High School teacher, where he teaches biology, anatomy and physiology. “He has been an avid participant in all of our book studies,” explained Pennell, “and does a fantastic job of translating what he has learned to the student level by incorporating these concepts into his lessons and discussions with his students.”
Steiner said because Lucas is a small district, it can be hard to find time to talk about the art of teaching. He said this book club allows him to get multiple perspectives from teachers in other districts that he would likely not have ever interacted with. But, he said, the biggest takeaway from the book club is what he brings back to the classroom.
"The best information is practical,” said Steiner, “so sometimes in these books there is something very philosophical and you have to turn it into something pragmatic. For example, I’m reading Grit by Angela Duckworth, and she says grit, which is the ability to persevere, is the number one predictor of success. It’s fact, it’s evidence based, but it’s also kind of philosophical because the question is, “how?” How do I then have my students become grittier?”
He said he has boiled down what he thinks is important from the books and then constantly talks and shows his students examples in their everyday lives of why the information he is learning in the book club is helpful or important. Students can easily take on what they think is important at the moment, but he said it’s vital to challenge students to find long-term applications for the information he gives to them.
Steiner explained, “The importance of the books is that they outline what makes a good teacher ‘good.’ [But t]he books remind us as teachers that we must maintain an open mind, or a growth mindset. We are not finished as educators yet. We still have much to learn and our students will be our teachers.”
Mary Dixon, a member of the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center’s Board of Governors and a member of the school board at Pioneer Career and Technology Center, was recognized March 11th at the Central Region Spring Conference of the Ohio School Boards Association.
The Ohio School Boards Association Award of Achievement recognizes board members for their willingness to enroll and participate in workshops and conferences, volunteer for service to their association and work on behalf of their own board. The Award of Achievement is a special honor and distinction available only to Ohio school board members. To earn the Award of Achievement, a board member must complete an application that documents you have obtained 100 credits toward the award. These credits must be earned within a two-year period.
Dixon has served as MOESC’s board president for 4 years, as well as attended the Board Leader Institute, which is sponsored by the OSBA and offers in-depth workshops taught by the leading experts on topics ranging from student achievement, finance and school law to legislative issues, curriculum and board development. She also attended the Capital Conference in November, Ohio’s premier continuing education program that helps school district governance teams improve student learning and achievement.
Dixon said she invests because of the children. “I feel very responsible for providing for kids every opportunity we can however we can. It’s our duty. It’s what we as adults are required to do: to make the lives of those that come after us better.”
MOESC Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel praised Dixon for her achievement. “Her dedication to the students that we serve is evident as she has tirelessly worked to improve the services we provide at Mid-Ohio. We are so grateful for her leadership and we are very proud of her achievement.”
On February 27th, Mason Bigelow of Ashland, Ohio participated in the fourth annual Ohio Regional Braille Challenge at Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Braille Challenge is the only academic competition which tests students in their Braille reading and writing skills. The competition was created by the National Braille Institute in 2000 to challenge students in grades 1 through 12 to develop strong Braille reading and writing skills to help with future employability. The participants are divided into five classes: Apprentice, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Varsity, and Varsity. They are tested on Braille skills including reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs.
This was Mason’s second year attending Braille Challenge and his first year competing at grade level. Mason won first place in the Freshman class, earning $100.00. The top 50 contestants, the 10 highest scoring students from each class from across the United States and Canada will be invited to compete in the National Braille Challenge Competition in Los Angeles, California in June.
Although Mason did not qualify for the national competition, he said he still had fun. Mason said his favorite part of the competition was “Getting to make new friends and spending the day with my Mom (Alison), Aunt (Ashley), Ms. Kallie (Teacher for the Visually Impaired), and Ms. Christie (Orientation and Mobility Specialist).”
Mason receives Braille instruction weekly from Kallie Poast, Teacher for the Blind and Visually impaired with Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. Poast said, “Mason is a remarkable student! It has been so much fun to see him grow not only as a Braille user, but as a person!” McElfresh works with Mason on his travel skills within the Ashland community. She also works on tactile graphics and map reading which is a key component to Braille Challenge. “Mason’s tactile discrimination skills have improved so much over the last year. His energy for learning is contagious – he is such a pleasure to teach!”
In addition to competing in the Braille Challenge, students were given free time to make friends, share stories, and play the blind and low-vision game “Show Down”. Mason enthused, “I cannot wait to do the Braille Challenge again next year!”
The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is pleased to announce the following posting for the Madison Local Schools in its search for a new Superintendent.
Location: Madison Local Schools, Richland County
Posting Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Closing Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
Employment: August 1, 2020
Direct questions to:
Kevin D. Kimmel, Superintendent
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center
890 West Fourth Street, Suite 100
Phone: (419) 774-2506
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) recognized 11 senior students from client school districts for their academic success, and school and community service at the annual Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award Dinner on March 10th.
Three students were awarded $500 scholarships each based on their school grades, test scores, activities and an essay detailing the positive impact of one educator on their lives. All students read their tributes aloud and introduced their “Positive Impact Person” to the audience of over 100 people; including family members and school administrators. The $500 scholarships were made possible by MOESC’s Board of Governors and were awarded to Vincent Demski, Crestline Exempted Village Schools; Bruce Jordan, Highland Local Schools; and Susan Grube, Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools.
Demski acknowledged Bill Dichtl as his Positive Impact Person and said his goals were to study graphic design or marketing at Columbus State Community College or North Central State College. He said eventually he would like to manage a team of graphic designers at an upscale business, then move on to running his own business.
Jordan praised his Positive Impact Person, Syanne Palmer, and said he wants to remain a positive person and be a good role model himself. “My long-term goal is to get a degree in biomedical engineering,having completed all courses in the pre-med track,” said Palmer. “I want to be able to show people God’s love, I want to save people’s lives, and I want to make a lasting impact on someone rather than just a short-lived ‘thank-you.’”
Grube honored Monica Baxter and said her goal is to graduate high school as valedictorian. “I plan to attend the University of Findlay and earn my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Safety and Occupational Health.” She said her long-term goals are to graduate in three years and have internships each summer, preferably with the Centers for Disease Control, Pepsi, or Marathon. Then she hopes to eventually work for the Ohio EPA or Marathon.
MOESC Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel said, “These 11 students truly represent the best of the best in the region, and I want to congratulate them on their many accomplishments. I also want to thank the individuals that the students selected as their Positive Impact Person. This is quite an honor to know that you have made a difference in these students' lives.”
Others honored as Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award nominees included Brooklyn Campbell, Crestview Local Schools; Caleb Strack, Galion City Schools; Maskin Sidhu, Lexington Local Schools; Grace Stupka, Madison Local Schools; Taylor Grossenbacher, Lucas Local Schools; Addyson Van Houton, Mansfield City Schools; Juliana DiTullio, Northmor Local Schools; and Carson Heinlen, Pioneer CTC.
To honor former State Superintendent Dr. Franklin B. Walter, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) established the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards to promote student achievement and recognize academic accomplishment. One student from each of Ohio’s 88 counties will be honored at a ceremony April 27th in Columbus.
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