Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 10/1/2020

Save the date: Feed and Fuel Your Future Career virtual learning series 

Help students find their future career! The Ohio Department of Education is collaborating with the Ohio Soybean Council, …

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 9/2/2020

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/31/2020

I often told my children, unless they had an 8x10 glossy photo of an event or occurrence or unless they were told a piece of information directly from the person(s) involved, it could not be considered a truth. In the last couple of months, 8x10 photos have been figuratively developed and words from the stakeholders’ mouths have been recorded. Across the country, students have spoken and it’s time to listen.

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the mental health risks of young adults who are increasingly coping with anxiety and depression, as they begin to face life…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/4/2020

Absenteeism data could be a key indicator in determining whether remote instruction is effective and where there are gaps, according to an analysis from Phyllis Jordan, editorial director of FutureEd, and Hedy Chang, executive director of Attendance Works. In this commentary (excerpts follow), they offer several warnings about measuring attendance during this time, urging…

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 7/30/2020

An excerpt from a piece I read this week - Deborah Farmer Kris is a writer, teacher, parent educator, and school administrator. She works on parenting projects for PBS KIDS for Parents and writes about education for MindShift,

Children read our emotions for cues about how they should react. If we express our excitement and hopes for their new school year, they will pick up on this. This was my intention yesterday, as my 6-year-old son and I were snuggling and talking about the year ahead. “I am so excited for all the books you are going to read, all the words you are going to…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 6/24/2020

According to Peter Voderberg, Chief of Broadband Ohio (an initiative of the Dewine administration), nearly one million Ohioans do not have access to high speed internet.  What follows is a very useful and easy to understand article about the broadband issue / digital divide in America. 

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 6/20/2020

The racial injustice and subsequent events of the past several weeks have been mind-numbing. Hate makes no sense. The events since the George Floyd murder have forced a space for thinking much more deeply about inequity, racism and what it must feel like to be on the receiving end of unsolicited hatred. Our black and brown children must surely be traumatized. How is it that skin color elicits such emotion and behavior?

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 6/3/2020

As districts wind down another school year, (and this one was a doozy) it's generally a good exercise to review and reflect before setting direction for next school year.  After the year we just experienced and as boards and district administrators develop recovery plans for reopening schools and setting goals for an uncertain future, this reflection is essential. Leadership teams should take stock of where the district is in terms of its vision, mission and strategic plan goals  and ask this important question - how did the district develop over the past year?  

Think about the…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 5/27/2020

Explore mathematics through engaging activities in an untraditional environment during this weeklong math summer program for middle and high school students. Discover the richness and beauty of mathematics and have fun! Build skills and confidence and express your creativity. The program especially encourages female and gender nonconforming students to apply.


High School - July 6 to 10

Middle School - July 20 to 24

Cost: Free!

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 4/12/2020

On March 12, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton ordered all Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings closed to students due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency. This document provides guidance to school districts as they make a good faith effort to determine, to the extent practicable, how to issue grades and provide feedback to students in alignment with their local board of education…