Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 9/11/2019

September is Kinship Care Month and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) recently announced a new resource for grandparents and other relatives caring for children:

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/30/2019

Tune-in alert: The Career Path Less Taken,Sept. 5 on PBS

Whether it’s the workforce, postsecondary education or additional training for a specialty field, Ohio’s career-technical education programs prepare students for success in every pathway. PBS will showcase our state’s vibrant and innovative career-tech learning community in a new documentary, 

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/19/2019

High school testing and graduation requirements for the classes of 2021 and beyond – preliminary guidance available

State law has introduced new, permanent graduation requirements for the classes of 2021 and beyond. Preliminary guidance and resources now are available. Students in the classes of 2021 and 2022 have the option to meet the requirements of one of Ohio’s original three pathways to graduation or meet the new…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/15/2019

For the first time in Ohio, people struggling with homelessness – and those trying to assist them – can now quickly and easily look up the right number to call to find help anywhere in the state.

COHHIO is pleased to present the new Resource Guide, an online map that lists Coordinated Entry access points for homeless services throughout Ohio. As part of HUD’s Coordinated Entry policy, each regional continuum of care is required to establish centralized contacts to facilitate access to local homeless services, while allowing providers to prioritize assistance based on an individual’s…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/13/2019

Every year, Ohio’s high schoolers continue to look better and better on paper (higher test scores, better grades), and yet rates of youth mental illness continue to rise. Many high schoolers’ experiences are defined by chronic stress, sleepless nights, and panic attacks; but in competitive high school environments, mental health is extremely difficult to talk about. Among competitive high schools, the suicide rate is between 4 and 5 times the national average.With recent events like the Silicon Valley suicide clusters, it’s essential that communities come together to address this problem…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 7/31/2019


Otterbein University is promoting its Opportunity Scholarship, a full-need tuition scholarship for Ohio residents eligible for the federal Pell grant. For students enrolling in the Fall of 2020,federal Pell grant eligible equates to family earnings of $60,000 a year or less. Once the student’s state and federal aid have been applied, including the Federal Direct student loan, Otterbein will cover all unmet need to the cost of tuition. The…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 6/25/2019

In Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, social-emotional learning is one of four equal learning domains supporting Ohio’s goal of preparing each student in Ohio for postsecondary life. Through a stakeholder-driven process, Ohio teachers, school counselors and education personnel developed …

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 6/10/2019

Beautiful, free posters—along with a few good reasons why you should display them in your classroom.

Compiled by Stephen Merrill and Laura Lee, the following free resources are available:

An updated, growing collection from Women You Should Know (WomenYSK) was drawn by female illustrators and features a racially and ethnically diverse cast of female scientists and…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 5/14/2019

Across our country's public schools, we are numbly aware of shootings, bullying and youth suicides that highlight the mental health needs of our most vulnerable students. What we miss, at times, is the serious mental health needs of students who perform at the highest standards, are loved by friends and teachers, and seem to have it all together.  The Student Achievement Leadership Team (SALT) were introduced to the needs of these students at a recent SALT meeting.
As we learned, navigating life with mental illness can be difficult, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness…

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 4/16/2019

How do you get people to feel connected, how do you get them to care? Let’s begin with our children.  

It was hard for me to view and listen to Windfield’s remarks without thinking about school buildings and school districts. Wildfield says that feeling connected to where you live is a vital ingredient to the recipe in creating sustainable and resilient communities. If you feel connected to where you live, you are more likely to care about it, and want to protect it and want to participate.” Is this true of where you learn?

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