Computer Science and Coding education can be a costly piece of the small school budget. Finding the right instructor can also be a challenge. OSRC and TEALS have come together to help.
We are pleased to announce that our partner TEALS has offered 4 OSRC member districts grants worth $15,000 per district to implement AP Computer Science courses for 2018 including free teacher training and year-long blended supports from recognized computer science industry partners.
TEALS is a non-profit organization affiliated with Microsoft whose mission is to spread computer science education across the nation. This will be their first foray into small and rural school districts.
Computer Science education is a must. From future career connections to STEM coursework preparations, TEALS grants will offer OSRC districts a chance to embed both a high school AP Computer Science course in year 1, as well as provide an option to add an AP Coding course I year 2. These opportunities, worth $15,000 annually, will help high schools develop their next elite group of thinkers, and connect to a regional industry partner with computer science expertise.
OSRC is a proud partner of TEALs and thank them for the opportunity to provide both training and curriculum support for these important courses.
TEALS will work with a select group of your students and a school staff member to provide for your school! This cutting edge program, originally only to large urban districts in major U.S. cities is now available to OSRC member districts Grades 9- 12. Contact us if you haven’t heard of TEALS and have a future interest in a grant opportunity!
STEM education has never been more relevant. From Career pathway connections to ACT preparedness, STEM challenges offer learners the opportunity to develop their higher level thinking skills. OSRC has become a staunch supporter of OSLN’s Maker Minded efforts, as well as Learning Blades STEM curriculum.
Now, we are proud to partner with Discovery Lab Global to provide both a summer experience, as well as a school year experience for interested members. These two grant opportunities combined are worth well over $36,000 annually.
DLG will work with a select group of your students and a school staff member to provide virtual reality experiences and 3D simulation challenges and equipment for your school! Student teams will learn to tackle advanced STEM design problems in cybersecurity and other high-demand career paths.
This cutting edge program, originally only available to entry year college students, is now available to OSRC member districts Grades 7-12.
Contact us if you haven’t heard of DLG and have an interest in this grant opportunity!
On March 12, Battelle for Kids is hosting a Best Practices in Reading Comprehension Instruction workshop, facilitated by the Center for Collaborative Classroom (CCC). CCC will be sharing hands-on strategies that are grounded in 21st century literacies and focused on improving K–8 reading outcomes. We believe this session will be of great value to educators, specialists, and school/district leaders.
View the flyer for all of the details, including how to register. Here are a few quick highlights:
· Monday, March 12 (9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Battelle for Kids new office in Hilliard)
· Cost: $15 per person, which covers lunch and all materials, including resources to use in your classrooms
· Workshop is for K–8 teachers, administrators, and literacy leaders who are working to ensure students become engaged and proficient readers; high school teachers who support struggling readers are also encouraged to attend
· Registration is open, and space is limited: Register today!
OSRC partners with EnvisionEdPlus to provide the most cost effective Technical Grant Assistance to members for Striving Readers Grant.
ODE recently released early guidance for the Striving Readers grant. OSRC is partnering with EnvisionEdPlus to increase the likelihood of small and rural districts to create competitive consortia able to capture their fair share of Striving Readers grant funds across the state.
OSRC has chosen to partner with EnvisionEdPlus because of their tremendous success rate in securing grants such as Straight A, 21st Century Community Learning Center and Community Connectors.
If your district is interested in exploring opportunities to join consortia of other rural and small districts, please complete this OSRC Striving Readers Intent to Explore Form. Completing this form does not commit your district to participate.
During the month of January, EnvisionEdPlus is providing free technical assistance to OSRC members to help them design competitive consortia. Once these consortia are organized, EnvisionEdPlus will offer competitive pricing to provide grant writing services to those districts that do not have internal capacity to write a competitive application.
The free technical assistance will occur during the ODE Striving Readers Literacy Academy January 17-18 and at the ORC Literacy Summit on January 23.
The number of applications submitted on behalf of OSRC districts will be dependent upon the number of interested/eligible districts and grade level focus areas (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12).
As executive director of Ohio Small Rural Collaborative I firmly believe Learning Blade as a web-based resource is incredibly helpful for all rural schools to do a better job of exposing students to STEM careers. Additionally, for my own district of Graham Local, we find it to be an incredible resource as it allows for blended learning in an interdisciplinary environment while encouraging all students to consider STEM careers. My administrators rave about how easy it is to implement and how engaged students are while logged on. We find its versatility to be a major advantage as we have used in core classes, electives as well as for special occasions like our recent Manufacturing Day celebration. I highly recommend this program to any school, not just rural schools.
Kirk Koennecke ,
Ohio Small Rural Collaborative
Superintendent Graham Local School
OSRC proudly endorses the Ohio Department of Education’s official promotion of the Future Ready Framework. We live in the information age. Digital technology is revolutionizing daily life and modernizing the definition of success on a global scale. Ohio students and adults require the right tools and technologies to engage them in relevant, quality instruction and learning. Learning is more than the transfer of information. By embracing technology for learning, educating Ohio’s students and educators can help move us all from a traditional style of learning to a more personalized approach. Bringing digital innovation platforms to Ohio will foster world-class knowledge and skills that enable success in the global economy. The Ohio Department of Education partnered with The Alliance for Excellent Education, a national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work and citizenship. The Alliance created a separate project under its umbrella called Future Ready Schools to help school districts develop comprehensive plans to achieve successful student learning outcomes by (1) transforming instructional pedagogy and practice while (2) simultaneously leveraging technology to personalize learning in the classroom. We at OSCR believe personalized learning can and ought to be modeled by adults for learners. We believe personalized learning for adults will hasten the transformation. We fully support the efforts of the Alliance, Future Ready, and Ohio Department of Education in their efforts to promote this framework and resources for schools in Ohio.
Rural Schools Collaborative is proud to officially announce our seventh regional hub in our network of action-oriented hub sites across the country, in partnership with the Ohio Small and Rural Schools Collaborative.
The NREA (National Rural Education Association) was originally founded as the Department of Rural Education in 1907. It is the oldest established national organization of its kind in the United States. Through the years it has evolved as a strong and respected organization of rural school administrators, teachers, board members, regional service agency personnel, researchers, business and industry representatives, and others interested in maintaining the vitality of rural school systems across the country.
As of 2013, the Ohio Department of Education typology study classified 431 School districts- the majority in the state- as small or rural by population. 665,000 students are served in rural and small town settings. Thousands more open enroll to suburban or urban districts as well. 20 rural and small districts are considered exemplars based on their typology. Many of our leading districts can provide resources to colleagues and students with the right venues provided them at the local, state, and national level. The need for small and rural access to resources, programming, advocacy, and networking has never been greater.
The NREA is the voice of all rural schools and communities across the United States. OSRC and NREA will provide professional development programming, resources, research, and help for specific education needs as we also shed a light on current practices and issues that impact Ohio’s schools. The NREA was founded in 1907. It is the oldest established national organization of its kind in the United States. Teachers, Administrators, Board Members, and Service Agencies form regional partnerships to maintain the vitality and quality of rural and small school education across America. OSRC is led by Executive Director Kirk Koennecke of the Graham Local Schools, a leading rural school district in central Ohio. Mr. Koennecke has over 24 years of experience advocating for school districts of all shapes and sizes. OSRC will seek to connect members with initiatives for small and rural schools, provide members with the services of both OSRC and NREA, and promote Ohio’s lead educational organizations and institutions to advocate for professional development access and equity.
Members Benefits of OSRC: