Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 1/20/2021

The events at the United States Capitol have created anxiety for many Americans, not the least of which are our children. Our teachers are now tasked with the notion of how to respond to students about the events that occurred.

As with many other complex issues, teachers and students are…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 1/5/2021

The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy (Ohio State University) recently posted the following: “Kindergarten enrollment in American schools has plummeted during the pandemic, potentially setting back educational and social development for children at a critical age and impacting public school budgets for years to come. Most states don’t require kindergarten attendance. As a result, the drop in enrollment at that age has been steeper than at other levels — down 14 percent in Arizona, for example, compared to 5 percent across all grades. Parents made similar decisions…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 12/2/2020

Re:        House to Vote on the Fair School Funding Plan Tomorrow; Encourage your Representative to vote “YES”  

Today, the House Finance Committee unanimously voted to pass Substitute House Bill (Sub. HB) 305 and report it to the Rules and Reference Committee, which placed the bill on tomorrow’s calendar for a full vote of the House of Representatives at its 1:00 session on Thursday…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 11/30/2020

December is here and with it the holiday season. I don't need to talk about how it's going to be different. Our days are uncertain, and that is going to be our certainty for a while. Let's move forward.

I read an interesting article about traditions. The term tradition means to transmit customs or beliefs from one generation to another. Prevalent in our school districts, classrooms, places of worship, and families, these events or activities are beneficial because they build positive anticipation for those who participate. Social scientists believe traditions reinforce values,…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 11/24/2020

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 11/18/2020

Beyond the Classroom Monthly

The Ohio State University is hosting free, virtual, monthly workshops aimed at helping students in grades 7 to 12. Student attendees get to explore math through engaging activities in a nontraditional environment. The topic for November is mazes.

Can you come up with a mathematical recipe to create mazes? Join The Ohio State University to find your way through a labyrinth and unwind its mysteries. Whether you already are a fan or not, you are sure to be captured by their appeal as you create your own…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 11/14/2020

The Ohio Department of Education posted new resources on the Reset and Restart Education website to assist mandatory reporters in …

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…