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Beat the Summer Slump: Keep Your Child's Learning on Track!
Posted 5/30/2024 at 4:38:05 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By: Anthony Jiang, ESC of Central Ohio Communications Intern
Summer vacation brings fun and relaxation, but also the risk of learning loss, where students forget knowledge gained during the school year. This blog explains the phenomenon and offers strategies for parents and caregivers to combat it, ensuring continuous learning and growth for children year-round.
Promoting Mental Health Literacy: Tools & Resources for Teachers & Students
Posted 5/16/2024 at 4:04:30 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by Neeley Keys, ESC Mental Health Specialist
May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness, destigmatizing mental health challenges, and advocating for improved care. Mental health literacy is highlighted as crucial in educational settings to promote the well-being of both students and educators through understanding and support.
I Am More Than Autism: Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month
Posted 4/11/2024 at 3:08:12 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
April marks Autism Acceptance Month, urging us to delve into the diverse perspectives of individuals on the autism spectrum, fostering understanding and creating inclusive spaces where they can thrive and be celebrated.
Empathy in Action: Why Social Work Month Matters Now More Than Ever
Posted 3/21/2024 at 7:21:19 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By: Amber Nickels, ESC of Central Ohio Mental Health Specialist
School social workers play a crucial role in the educational ecosystem, bridging the gap between academic achievement and emotional well-being. Particularly in their collaboration with teachers, their significance shines through, creating a safety net for students and fostering a supportive environment for learning.
Celebrating Women’s History Month
Posted 3/15/2024 at 6:26:56 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by: ESC's Equity Committee
March is a dedicated time to honor and celebrate the remarkable contributions woman have made to US history. This blog explores the amazing accomplishments of 7 incredible women to feature for Women’s History Month.
Art Teacher vs. Art Therapist: What's the Difference?
Posted 3/8/2024 at 7:47:35 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By: Kim Roberts, ESC of Central Ohio Art Therapist at Ventures Academy and Ventures II
Explore the potential support for students facing emotional or behavioral challenges by considering referrals to either art therapists or art teachers. This blog delves into the distinctions between the two professions and how each uniquely contributes to students' education and well-being through creative expression.
Fostering Future Innovators: Exploring the High School Tech Internship Program
Posted 2/21/2024 at 7:48:05 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By: John Hambrick, ESC of Central Ohio Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is pivotal for shaping careers, addressing the skills gap and preparing a future-ready workforce through hands-on learning and practical skills development. The High School Tech Internship (HSTI) program, an innovative CTE initiative, connects high school students with real-world experiences, benefiting both students exploring their educational path and employers identifying and nurturing future talent.
Posted 1/31/2024 at 3:21:45 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
In February, we commemorate Black History Month by reflecting on the significant contributions, struggles, and triumphs that shape the Black experience. Join us in exploring key facts and honoring the legacy of those who have paved the way for a more inclusive and equitable world.
Posted 1/8/2024 at 10:06:33 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By: Stephanie Warner, ESC of Central Ohio Facilitator of Curriculum and Instructional Support
Instructional coaches play a pivotal role in supporting the professional growth and development of teachers, which ultimately leads to improved student outcomes. This blog explores some key reasons why having an instructional coach is beneficial.
Posted 12/6/2023 at 4:12:39 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By: Megan Ash, ESC of Central Ohio Coordinator of Digital Learning
ChatGPT recently marked its one-year anniversary, reflecting on the widespread accessibility of generative AI for anyone with internet access. Explore 12 free AI tools tailored for educators that have emerged over the past year, providing valuable resources for the upcoming season.
Posted 11/29/2023 at 1:32:54 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by: Andrea Summers, ESC of Central Ohio Family & Community Partnership Liaison
In an effort to engage families, something as simple as positive feedback can have a powerful impact on positive academic, behavior, and attendance outcomes. Seeing the best in people despite our flaws is a win-win.
Posted 11/28/2023 at 2:14:44 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
As educators, it's vital to recognize the challenges that deaf high school students face while navigating a predominantly hearing-centric education system. We asked high school students from our Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing program to share their stories, including their challenges and triumphs.
Posted 11/20/2023 at 1:16:49 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Amber Nickels, ESC of Central Ohio Mental Health Specialist
The song tells us it’s “the most wonderful time of the year.” But, for many of us, the holidays are also the most stressful time of the year. Here are some tips to make it to January 2nd with our minds, bodies, and spirits intact.


Posted 11/8/2023 at 9:30:45 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Rob Niedermeyer, ESC of Central Ohio Science and STEM specialist
National STEM/STEAM Day is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. Learn about helping Ohio's educators empower their students to become critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and ultimately, future leaders in STEAM fields.
Posted 9/21/2023 at 2:44:10 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Vicky Clark, Senior Director of Programming at Grant Us Hope
Suicide Prevention Month stands as a testament to our commitment to saving lives and fostering mental health. Take this opportunity to dive into some details about suicide, identifying warning signs, and how schools and students play a role in preventing it.
Posted 9/13/2023 at 2:34:50 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Hispanic Heritage Month is a yearly celebration observed from September 15th to October 15th. It represents an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, histories, contributions and traditions of Hispanic Americans.

Posted 9/7/2023 at 3:45:48 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by Neeley Keys, ESC Mental Health Specialist
School attendance is a crucial aspect of a student's academic journey. While occasional absences may not significantly impact a student's academic performance, chronic absenteeism can significantly hinder their progress. Learn tools to combat chronic absenteeism and ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive in school and beyond.
Posted 8/14/2023 at 10:02:16 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by: Andrea Summers, ESC of Central Ohio Family & Community Partnership Liaison
The start of the school year is officially underway, and it presents us with a key opportunity to communicate the importance of good attendance. To help you along, we've gathered some great attendance resources to launch the school year off with attendance successes! 
Posted 7/26/2023 at 8:55:52 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by: Liana Choi, ESC Communications Intern
July 27 is National Intern Day! The ESC's Communication Intern gives advice to rising high school students about how to set yourself up for success for the next four years of school and beyond. These five tips will help you thrive in a new environment and access self-care resources to ensure you have the tools to care for yourself along the journey.

Posted 7/18/2023 at 11:13:33 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by: Katie Robinson, A.S., Accessible Educational Materials Production Specialist, OCALI and Eileen Asher, Brand and Marketing Specialist, ESC of Central Ohio
Disability Pride Month is recognized during the month of July because the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed on July 26th, 1990. While the ADA passed in 1990, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of disability, the disabled community is still largely underrepresented and socially stigmatized.
Posted 6/16/2023 at 2:23:02 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Liz Curtis, ESC of Central Ohio Instructional Technology Consultant
Google Drive is a versatile tool that can significantly benefit educators by providing a platform for storing, collaborating, and organizing educational materials. This step-by-step guide will walk you through using Google Drive to optimize your workflow and enhance collaboration with students, colleagues, and parents.
Posted 6/12/2023 at 1:52:43 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by Amber Nickels, LISW-S, CTP-C 
For educators, summer is a much-needed and anticipated respite from the confines of the daily bell. Simultaneously, the end of the school year can often be bittersweet. It signals a time of reflection on accomplishments, as well as the time to say goodbye to those students who have been an integral part of our lives for the last year.
Posted 6/6/2023 at 3:57:24 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Juneteenth is a 158-year-old holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the United States. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. There’s never been a better time than now to educate, advocate, and celebrate Juneteenth.
Posted 5/11/2023 at 9:40:53 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Liz Curtis, ESC of Central Ohio Instructional Technology Consultant
It is all too easy to overlook your well-being and neglect self-care in the process when you are juggling a career that makes a positive impact on others. This blog will provide practical strategies and tools to prioritize self-care and cultivate well-being as an Educator, along with a practical toolkit to help you take better care of yourself.
Posted 4/26/2023 at 4:09:40 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By: Andrea Summers, ESC of Central Ohio Family & Community Partnership Liaison
This year, the ESC of Central Ohio was selected as a Whole Child Pilot site. This is an exciting opportunity for the ESC to build our capacity to support schools and districts in leveraging the powerful outcomes driven model. The opportunity will allow us to provide coaching and grow the work in other Central Ohio school districts working to embed the model.
Posted 4/17/2023 at 9:40:51 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Liz Curtis, ESC of Central Ohio Instructional Technology Consultant
Teachers and students can do amazing things with Google Slides! Creating and finding engaging content is not as complicated as one would think. We will briefly cover the basics of Google Slides and will include tips, tricks, and ways to best create, find, and use interactive templates with your students.
Posted 4/11/2023 at 4:19:51 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
During the month of April, OCALI will share information and resources with you that span the spectrum—from early childhood to school-age to adulthood. Celebrating things that matter and bringing hope and inspiration to the people we serve is important. That’s why we are excited to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with all of YOU.
Posted 3/17/2023 at 8:48:43 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
March is National Social Work Month. Social Workers touch many lives and make a significant impact throughout their careers; however, their jobs entail much more than what we may initially think. We want to take the time to honor and recognize their vital work by highlighting three of our own social workers here at the ESC.

Posted 3/9/2023 at 8:48:57 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Women's History Month is an annual commemorative month that highlights the contributions of women to history and contemporary society. In the U.S. it is celebrated in March, aligning with International Women's Day on March 8th. Check out a few phenomenal women change-makers throughout history.

Posted 2/7/2023 at 4:20:45 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Andrea Summers, Family & Community Partnership Liaison, ESC of Central Ohio
Every day, teachers, building leaders and support staff enter schools, ready to do the heart work; to grow children. From addressing chronic absence, to being trauma informed, to moving the needle on learning loss and we can easily feel overwhelmed. Explore building-level and systems changes that better center relationships into your efforts.
Posted 2/6/2023 at 2:48:11 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By John Hambrick, Work-Based Learning Coordinator at the ESC of Central Ohio
Technology is one of Ohio’s fastest-growing industries. Ohio is providing a sneak peek to our future workforce through an exciting internship program, giving our future technologists insights and exploration into the in-demand tech jobs here in Ohio.
Posted 1/24/2023 at 11:32:13 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Stephanie Warner, Facilitator of Curriculum and Instructional Support, ESC of Central Ohio
In our school buildings and classrooms, creating a culture of collaboration is highly beneficial for both adults and students alike. How do we do so with intentional habits that keep the focus on the most important thing: student learning?


Posted 12/2/2022 at 2:03:59 PM by ESC Communications [staff member]
December 2 marks the anniversary of the passage of the 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Celebrate the hard-working individuals who have dedicated their careers to working with disabled youth and paving the way for education to have a more equitable place for everyone in our country.

Posted 11/4/2022 at 11:03:28 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Vicky Clark, Senior Director of Programming 
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10–24. Thousands of youths' lives are lost to suicide each year. When schools, communities, and mental health organizations come together for suicide prevention, they can give young people the support they need to find hope and choose life.  
Posted 11/4/2022 at 10:41:52 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by Andrea Summers, Family & Community Partnership Liaison, ESC of Central Ohio
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, a time for us to consider the challenges faced by students and families experiencing homelessness. What are our systems level solutions to best support our children experiencing homelessness with fidelity, care, and compassion?
Posted 11/4/2022 at 10:14:11 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written by: Katie Robinson | Accessible Educational Materials Production Specialist, OCALI
November 15 through 18, 2022 will be the 16th annual OCALICONLINE (OCALICON online) Conference. OCALICON is the premier autism and disabilities conference that brings together professionals, families, and people who have disabilities and autism.
Posted 10/27/2022 at 11:26:04 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Pre-apprenticeship programs are one way districts and schools can offer rich, engaging opportunities to all students to help them plan for their future careers. Learn what it takes to start a pre-apprenticeship program and how the ESC can help throughout the process.

Posted 10/26/2022 at 11:44:20 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Dr. Sierra J. Austin-King, ESC of Central Ohio's Regional School Improvement Coordinator for Equity and Diversity
It’s that time of year: the leaves begin to turn and fall, orange pumpkins line doorsteps everywhere you go, and spooky decor has found a place in every store. Let's learn fun facts about snacks of the season and how to celebrate in an inclusive way.


Posted 10/18/2022 at 11:27:18 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
Written By Lauren Walker, ESC of Central Ohio, Communications Specialist
Launched in 2021, Heroes League is a student-driven game-based learning platform that teaches success skills to elementary students without needing classroom or teacher time. Heroes League is accelerating academic recovery for elementary students by giving additional learning time outside of school by meeting students where they are.

Posted 9/8/2022 at 8:11:10 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Erica James, MSW, LSW, EPSEA Program Manager
September is a pivotal month for students to get back into a routine. The transition from summer to school isn’t always the smoothest, so it’s vital for educators and parents to help ease the adjustment. National Attendance Awareness Month is also celebrated in September to recognize the correlation between academic achievement and regular school attendance. Read through these five tips for educators to help keep kids in the classroom.
Posted 8/23/2022 at 8:11:21 AM by ESC Communications [staff member]
By Tara St. Louis, Social Worker, ESC of Central Ohio
As children and adolescents go back to school across the country this month, they face escalating mental health challenges. Read about how social workers can help address large- and small-scale challenges of student life.
Growing More Teachers in Central Ohio
Posted 6/19/2022 at 1:33:39 PM by Lauren Walker [staff member]
Written By Lauren Walker, ESC of Central Ohio, Communications Specialist
The teacher shortage in Special Education classrooms has been increasing for the past several years. Learn how educators in Central Ohio are working to take action. 


Mother's Day for Peace
Posted 5/24/2022 at 11:30:53 AM by Eileen Asher [System User]
Written By Nathan Ticknor
Learn about the true origins of Mother's Day and how Julia Ward Howe advocated for the holiday over 100 years ago.


Posted 5/4/2022 at 2:21:14 PM by Eileen Asher [System User]
Presented By Equity and EMBRACE Committees
Honor Mexican culture & heritage without cultural appropriation!



Posted 4/27/2022 at 11:27:52 AM by Eileen Asher [System User]
By OCALI
April is National Autism Acceptance Month and we have decided to turn the tables. Rather than providing you with a plethora of resources and valuable links, we want to know what YOU - the people with autism, families, instructors, educators, and professionals have found to be “Tried and True” in your life.  
Posted 2/9/2022 at 11:28:03 AM by Eileen Asher [System User]
By Heather Lowry, Teacher, Dempsey Middle School
The 'ABC's of Black History' was created by Heather Lowry. This project was created to give educators practical curricular ideas that incorporate and affirm Black history and culture, while also providing support in implementing these projects.
Posted 11/18/2021 at 3:08:25 PM by Eileen Asher [System User]

Eliminating Race-Based Disparities in AP Course Enrollment

By Christine Galvin, Director of College and Career Readiness
Learn about the opportunity gap in advanced coursework for Black and minority students and recommendations that can help remedy this critical issue facing students today.



Posted 10/14/2021 at 10:02:02 AM by Eileen Asher [System User]
By Eileen Asher, Brand & Marketing Specialist
Looking to educate yourself during LGBTQ+ History Month? Here are 5 great colorful and fun books to start with.


Posted 7/20/2021 at 9:01:54 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
By Andrea Summers, Family & Community Partnership Liaison
As summer ends, back-to-school season begins. Along with books and backpacks here are some tools for families, students and teachers to reach peak preparedness this fall.

Posted 7/13/2021 at 11:19:35 AM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Eileen Asher, ESC of Central Ohio, Brand and Marketing Specialist 
Pride Month may be over but Ally-ship is a year-long effort. Eileen Asher is providing us with 5+ ways to support the LGBTQ+ community, and foster a queer-friendly environment. 


Posted 6/22/2021 at 9:02:52 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
By Dr. Megan Johanson, ESC of Central Ohio Data Analysis and Insights Manager
Pride Month wouldn't be complete at the ESC without Dr. Megan Johanson digging through the depths of the internet for 10 powerful LGBTQ+ visualizations to share. The visualizations she found for this month do not disappoint. In fact, they may provide you with a different perspective to consider. 
Posted 4/27/2021 at 9:52:57 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
By Bailey Fullwiler, MSSA, LSW
Celebrate Earth Month with special  guest blogger Bailey Fullwiler, MSSA, LSW, of Columbus Public Health as she shares the basics of environmental justice. Learn why environmental justice is a crucial part of social justice and how to tell if something is environmental injustice.


Posted 3/17/2021 at 3:25:51 PM by ESC Communications [System User]
By Dr. Megan Johanson, ESC of Central Ohio Data Analysis and Insights Manager
Dr. Megan Johanson is back again with an awesome data visualization roundup! March is Women’s History Month and Megan found 10 powerful visualizations that reflect what life looks like for women in 2021. Check them all out now.
Posted 2/17/2021 at 9:55:20 AM by ESC Communications [System User]
By Dr. Megan Johanson, ESC of Central Ohio Data Analysis and Insights Manager
Dr. Megan Johanson helps us celebrate Black History Month by sharing some of the most powerful race-related data visualizations she’s seen. They cover the timeline of slavery in America, current racial disparities, and diversity within federal leadership roles and may just shift your own understanding of these issues.

Posted 2/11/2021 at 9:54:34 AM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Liz Curtis, ESC of Central Ohio Instructional Technology Consultant
Liz Curtis is back and digging deeper into Google Keep. Read her newest blog to learn about more notable features of this app, including which one deserves its own drumroll introduction!


Posted 2/8/2021 at 1:14:19 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

8 Ways to Make Documents and Online Content More Accessible

By Dr. Megan Johanson, ESC of Central Ohio Data Analysis and Insights Manager
We’re featuring another new contributor, Dr. Megan Johanson! She shares eight things she learned recently about creating accessible content. Read some of her surprising takeaways.


Posted 1/15/2021 at 9:55:56 AM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Liz Curtis, ESC of Central Ohio Instructional Technology Consultant
Our newest ESC blog contributor, Liz Curtis, begins her Intro to Google Apps Series with one of Google's most underutilized educational apps: Google Keep. Get a brief overview of Google Keep in this quick-hitting blog post and learn why it's one of Liz's favorite apps to use at work and home.

Posted 1/8/2021 at 9:56:22 AM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Tom Goodney, Superintendent, ESC of Central Ohio
January is School Board Recognition Month. Read about the extraordinary work school boards do in support of schools.



Posted 12/17/2020 at 9:56:49 AM by ESC Communications [System User]

By ESC Communications Staff 
Students at our Ventures II school spent the last several months creating the Central Ohio COVID-19 Letterboxing Tour for the community to enjoy. Read about this massive undertaking by our students and why it should definitely be on your to-do list during winter break.


Posted 11/24/2020 at 1:19:31 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity
November is Native American Heritage Month. How can you honor and celebrate? Check out the latest post from Dr. Sierra Austin.



Posted 11/18/2020 at 1:21:09 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Marc Alter, Director of 21st Century Learning at Grandview Heights Schools
Learn from our special guest blogger, Marc Alter, how Project Zero workshops have changed his career as well as the classrooms, teachers, and students in Grandview Heights.


Posted 10/27/2020 at 9:57:20 AM by ESC Communications [System User]

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

No matter how you're celebrating Halloween this year, Dr. Sierra Austin has some advice on how to make sure the costume you choose is not culturally appropriative.



Posted 10/16/2020 at 1:30:22 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Jason Blair
Discover how Project Zero influences our special guest blogger, Jason Blair, both inside and outside the classroom.

Posted 10/12/2020 at 9:58:52 AM by ESC Communications [System User]


By Madison Eagle, Melissa Beard Jacob, and Dr. Sierra Austin
Learn about Columbus Day, the shift to Indigenous People's Day that's happening nationwide, and how to incorporate different perspectives around Columbus Day into your classroom and life. 

Posted 9/28/2020 at 10:01:12 AM by ESC Communications [System User]


By Dr. Sierra Austin, ESC of Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Coordinator of Diversity & Equity
Learn about Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration from September 15-October 15, which celebrates history, culture, and contributions of U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities.


Posted 8/19/2020 at 1:14:11 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Madison Powers
As Madison moves onto her next journey, she shares her experience on the ESC communications team and provides advice for future interns.


Posted 8/14/2020 at 1:14:57 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

By Christine Galvin
Learn how Project Zero practices can cultivate students' thinking and engage them in learning this school year.

Posted 7/8/2020 at 1:16:39 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

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 10:02:20 AM by ESC Communications [System User]

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 10:03:13 AM by ESC Communications [System User]


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 1:19:32 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

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 1:20:53 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

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 10:03:48 AM 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 10:04:22 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 10:04:50 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 1:25:56 PM by ESC Communications [System User]

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 5/7/2020 at 1:25:02 PM 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 4/14/2020 at 9:22:58 AM 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 9:25:58 AM 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 10:05:47 AM 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 9:31:03 AM 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 9:32:48 AM 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 & Equit

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

 

Posted 2/14/2020 at 10:06:14 AM 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.