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  • November 20, 2017 11:25 AM | Christina Materni (Administrator)

    Each year, Ohio ACTE honors outstanding educators and others who support career technical education, at the Connections to Education Conference in July. Ohio ACTE is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Educator Awards.

    Do you know an individual who deserves recognition? Deadline for nominations is January 1, 2018.  Fill out our online nomination form by clicking here.


    Ohio ACTE Educator Awards include: 

    Ambassador Award

    Teacher of the Year Award*

    Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award*

    Administrator of the Year Award*

    Outstanding New Career & Technical Teacher*

    Outstanding CTAE Professional in Community Service*

    Career Guidance Award*

    Image Award (non-educators eligible)

    Outstanding School Board Member Award (non-educators eligible)


    *Ohio ACTE Award recipients in these categories are eligible to win Region 1 and National ACTE recognition.

    Click here for the Ohio ACTE Awards Descriptions

    Do you know an individual who deserves recognition? Fill out our online nomination form by clicking here.

  • November 01, 2017 4:42 PM | Christina Materni (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 | Christina Materni (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 4:17 PM | Christina Materni (Administrator)

    Plan to attend the annual Legislative Seminar on Jan 16-18, 2018 at the Sheraton at Capitol Square, Columbus. The seminar will include legislative updates on initiatives impacting CTE  and opportunities to meet with your local legislators.

    Online registration is now open, click here. 

  • November 01, 2017 4:02 PM | Christina Materni (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 saferschools.ohio.gov. 

    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 saferschools@dps.ohio.gov.

  • 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 10:51 AM | Christina Materni (Administrator)

    Can you offer solutions to the challenges facing today’s career-technical and adult educator?

    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.

  • October 02, 2017 10:13 AM | Christina Materni (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 http://tinyurl.com/kko9d4u.

  • August 30, 2017 12:43 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

                    Lawmakers in the Ohio General Assembly have been on recess since the passage of the state’s biennial budget bill (HB 49), which Governor Kasich signed back in June. 

    The Senate plans to return to session in early September, but will likely focus most of their attention on overrides to several of the Governor’s 47 budget vetoes.  The House voted to override eleven different vetoes this past July, most of which dealt with the state’s Medicaid program. 

    Last week the Senate voted to override six of the eleven vetoes—they continue to work with the Administration on compromises with respect to the other five provisions.  (In Ohio, a three-fifths vote of the members of BOTH the House and Senate is necessary to override the governor’s veto).


                    We expect state legislators to return in full force mid to late September, at which time Ohio ACTE will continue to focus on our CTE legislative priorities. 

    - by William Vorys, Attorney with Dickinson Wright and Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

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