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Posted 7/8/2020 at 10:42:51 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
Talking with a Tutor: How Ohio Reading Corps Allowed one Tutor to Serve Her Community
By Madison Powers, Communications and Marketing Intern at the ESC
AmeriCorps Ohio Reading and Math Corps tutors serve the community by providing additional support to elementary students. One tutor shares her experience in the ORC program during the 2019-2020 school year.
Posted 7/7/2020 at 9:18:53 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
Conversation with Kids
By Ohio Opioid Education Alliance
Personal isolation during COVID-19 can lead to mental health challenges. It is important that children know the dangers of opioid misuse and how to properly manage medications.
Posted 6/23/2020 at 12:22:32 PM by ESC Communications [System User]
Pride Month: Celebrations, Civil Rights, & Educational Equity
By Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity
June is National Pride Month. Dr. Sierra Austin explains the history of the LGTBQ community and why we celebrate them today.
Posted 6/18/2020 at 10:17:37 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
The Juneteenth Holiday Explained
By Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity
June 19th is nationally recognized as "Juneteenth" to commemorate the end of slavery. Learn more about this historical holiday and how it looks different in 2020. 
Posted 6/11/2020 at 11:34:23 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
Empowering Students To Succeed: One Mentor's Experience in AmeriCorps Mentors for Success Program
By Madison Powers, Communications and Marketing Intern at the ESC
AmeriCorps Mentors for Success provides attendance and social-emotional support to students in need. One mentor, Alvis Moore, shares how the program has made a difference in his life.
Posted 6/3/2020 at 1:36:43 PM by ESC Communications [System User]
By Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity
Our country is currently reeling from systematic racism. Read how this affects students, how to support them, and how to promote change. 
Posted 5/21/2020 at 10:28:40 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
By ESC of Central Ohio Communications 
Read how the formation of the Remote Learning Alliance is making the transition to remote learning as easy as possible for Ohio school leaders, teachers, and support personnel. 
Posted 5/18/2020 at 10:29:16 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
By Laura Lipsett, School Improvement Facilitator with the Center for Achievement and Leadership
The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide free books each month to every child under age 5. Learn how you can enroll today!
Posted 5/7/2020 at 11:23:53 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
Improving Access for a Better Quality of Life: New Online Module on Promoting Access for People Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Visually Impaired
A collaborative effort between Dr. Heather Herbster, Outreach Specialist, and the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness team   
Information is everywhere we look, but when vision and hearing are affected, part of the information is missing and can create obstacles. Read to learn about this online module that provides a deeper insight into the factors that impact how a person receives information.
Posted 5/7/2020 at 10:15:22 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
3 Ways to Recognize Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Honor Contemporary Civil Rights 
By Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity
May is National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Read how you can bring this to your virtual classroom while promiting equity and social change.
Posted 4/14/2020 at 4:07:46 PM by ESC Communications [System User]
By: Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity

The Coronavirus pandemic has shed a devastating light on the disproportionate impact of the virus on Black and Hispanic communities nationwide. Read why this is happening and what you can do to help your students and their families. 
Posted 3/30/2020 at 3:45:56 PM by ESC Communications [System User]
 
By: Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity

There has been a spike in racist incidents during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read why it's happening and how you can combat it.
Posted 3/19/2020 at 1:58:19 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

 

Instructional Resources for Remote Learning

By: ESC of Central Ohio Technology & Digital Learning Team

Explore the resources gathered and vetted by our team for teachers who are looking for additional support during this unprecedented time.

Posted 3/5/2020 at 1:44:04 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

Why Building Trust with Students During Middle School is Essential for Success

By: Robb Gonda, ESC of Central Ohio Community School Coordinator and School Improvement Facilitator; Ohio Middle Level Association Board Member 

Celebrate #MiddleLevelMonth with us and read why you should be focusing on building trust with your middle schoolers. 

Posted 2/17/2020 at 1:43:39 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

3 Things to Avoid During Black History Month Celebrations 

By: Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity

Learn three things to keep in mind during your Black History Month celebrations. 

 

Posted 2/14/2020 at 1:44:49 PM by ESC Communications [System User]
By: Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity
Discover three ways to promote awareness, equity, and social change related to Black History Month.
 
 
Welcome to ESC Connect!
Posted 1/10/2020 at 1:44:35 PM by ESC Communications [System User]
Tom Goodney HeadshotHi, I'm ESC of Central Ohio Superintendent Tom Goodney, and I'd like to personally welcome you to our new blog.

We've created ESC Connect to not only highlight the work we do every day in support of Central Ohio schools, educators, and students, but to also provide thoughtful insights, actionable information, and expert advice that you can use in your ongoing mission to improve outcomes for students.
 
What You Can Look Forward to Reading on ESC Connect
  • Highlights of our programs, services, and partners we work with to enable success for students in education and our communities
  • Stories covering efforts around literacy, continuous improvement strategies, English Learner supports, and more
  • Tips and best practices from our experts on the challenges we hear you're facing every day
  • Introductions of the people who make the ESC what is it and how they are supporting schools
  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions we hear when we're working in the districts 

We work with numerous partners in schools and districts, government, the nonprofit sector, and the business community and believe it's important that we share these stories and the resulting work with others in hopes that it can help you further your unique mission with students, families, and the community.

We invite you to join this conversation! The success of our programs and services is dependent on the success of our partners, so we want to share your goals, efforts, and successes as well. None of us can do this alone. 

What's Next
In an upcoming post, you'll hear about a new pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship program effort that we are collaboratively working on with a local school district, a business partner, and a state government agency to give students more opportunities for success. 

Thank you for being part of this and thank you for your role in helping students succeed.