In conjunction with its five-year strategic plan, Each Child Our Future, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is restructuring its operations. ODE will be structured into four centers:
- Center for Student Supports
- Center for Continuous Improvement
- Center for Performance and Impact
- Center for Teaching, Leading and Learning.
The Center for Student Supports includes the Office for Exceptional Children, which will provide leadership, assistance and oversight on differentiated instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students. It also includes the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, which assists families, preschool staff and the community to work together to meet the needs of young children with disabilities. The final office in the center is the Office of Integrated Student Supports, which oversees services for homeless students, English learners, school-based health care, adjudicated youth and students in correctional facilities, positive behavioral intervention and supports, anti-bullying and family and community engagements.
The Center for Continuous Improvement will be responsible for school improvement work, academic distress commissions, and federal programs. The Center for Performance and Impact will be responsible for accountability, assessment, and research, evaluation and advanced analytics.
The last center is the Center for Teaching, Leading and Learning. This center will include instructional strategies and supports, educator effectiveness, educator licensure, professional conduct, career technical education, career connections, curriculum and literacy.
More information about the strategic plan is available on ODE’s website.