Guidance for Student Wellness and Success Funds Now Available

Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, ensures each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent prekindergarten through grade 12 education. Specific strategies within the plan focus the work of educators across the state as they address the needs of Ohio’s students. Ohio is committed to working with parents, caregivers and community partners to help schools meet the needs of the whole child, including safety, social belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization.

The state biennial budget bill for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 includes a significant investment to support student wellness and success in schools, enabling schools to provide additional mental health services, wraparound services, mentoring, after-school programs and more. School districts will partner with local organizations to determine the needs in their communities and use these funds to make the greatest impact for their students.

School districts, community schools and STEM schools received the first half of these funds on Oct. 11. Joint vocational school districts will receive payments on Oct. 15.

To assist districts in the planning and implementation of the use of these funds, a guidance document and reporting template are available on the Department’s website or send an email to WellnessAndSuccess@education.ohio.gov.

FY20 21st CCLC Evaluation and NEW Grantee/NEW Program Manager Orientation Training Documents NOW AVAILABLE

Greetings 21st CCLC Program Managers and Evaluators!

For those in attendance for the FY20 Evaluation Training on October 3rd and/or the FY20 NEW Grantee & NEW Program Manager Orientation Training on October 4th, the training handouts/materials are now available below and, for future reference, on the following areas of the blog:

 

Evaluation Resources – general information

FY20 Evaluation Training/Workshop Resources – information from workshops offered

 

If there are any questions about evaluation, please contact the following staff:

Local Evaluation/AIR: shannon.teague@education.ohio.gov 

21APR: stacia.ashley@education.ohio.gov

 

Program Monitoring – information from workshops offered from the FY20 NEW Grantee Orientation

 

If there are any questions about the program content presented at orientation, please contact your regional consultant directly:

Northeast: charmaine.davis@education.ohio.gov

Northwest: charlotte.jones-ward@education.ohio.gov

Central:  nina.pace@education.ohio.gov

Southeast: charlotte.jones-ward@education.ohio.gov

Southwest:  nina.pace@education.ohio.gov

 

As well, a survey for the FY20 NEW Grantee Orientation was sent out (via email) on Tuesday, October 8th – to those new grantees and/or program managers in attendance.

A separate survey for the FY20 Evaluation Training will be sent to ALL program managers and their evaluators (via email) in the near future.

Your opinion and feedback is vital to our future planning, and will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance and may you all have a great school year!

In Service,

Your ODE 21st CCLC Team

FY20 21st CCLC Continuing Updates Webinar is NOW AVAILABLE

IMPORTANT NOTICE

For those awarded in FY18 and FY19 ONLY, the FY20 Continuing Grantee Updates pre-recorded webinar is now available here and, for future reference, on the PROGRAM MONITORING tab of the website:

*NEW* FY20 21st CCLC Continuing Grantee Webinar

It is required that those in this category please take time to watch once posted.

 

If there are any questions, please contact your regional consultant directly:

Northeast: charmaine.davis@education.ohio.gov or (614) 387-0460

Northwest: charlotte.jones-ward@education.ohio.gov or (614) 466-8920

Central:  nina.pace@education.ohio.gov or (614) 387-0344

Southeast: charlotte.jones-ward@education.ohio.gov or (614) 466-8920

Southwest:  nina.pace@education.ohio.gov or (614) 387-0344

 

21st CCLC’s Graham Local Schools Honored Among 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

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October 1, 2019

Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder and Manager of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, Phoebe Beierle joined Assistant U.S. Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan and Acting Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Neil A. Jacobs today to congratulate Graham Local Schools on their achievements at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Graham Local Schools in Champaign County, Ohio was nominated by the Ohio Department of Education.  Graham began its green journey some 15 years ago, when it implemented the first of multiple energy-savings projects. It was one of the first districts in its region to install light sensors in restrooms, and it implemented district-wide HVAC policies for energy efficiency and financial stability. Over the past 15 years, Graham also has partnered with Energy Optimizers USA and Waibel Energy Systems – to put projects in place that have yielded savings of over $550,000 in energy costs, reducing total energy use by 48 percent over six years. These projects have included lamp replacements, variable speed drives for HVAC motors and for well pumps, standardized HVAC controls across the district, and skylight installations. Graham has furthered its quest for green excellence by forming green teams lead by students across the district.

Probably the most exciting development has been students’ work on a solar array to power the middle and elementary schools. This solar array will be installed in 2019, after a yearlong study with partners at Energy Optimizers and the long-term effort of Graham students, most notably the energy team at the middle school. The students worked with partners to design and develop a solar plan that will provide 75 percent of the electrical needs at both buildings through a power purchase agreement. Upon implementation, Graham will house the very first solar-powered schools in Champaign County.

Director of Operations with Graham Local Schools conveyed: “We are excited to be recognized as a National Green Ribbon School honoree for 2019.  This prestigious distinction is one that could only be achieved by the dedicated teaching staff at Graham Local Schools by including green and sustainable opportunities into their curriculum.  Our students at Graham have set a tremendous example of what student led initiatives can accomplish in changing not only the culture, but also operational practices of a school through teamwork and collaboration.  We look forward to continuing our journey being leaders in our region and nationally through healthy, green, and sustainable initiatives and our mission of Success Today, Prepared for Tomorrow.”

At the event, 35 schools and 14 districts were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. In addition, four colleges and universities were honored with the Post-Secondary Sustainability Award.  A state education official was also recognized for his efforts to advance school sustainability in the state of Minnesota.  Representatives from selectees received sustainably-crafted plaques in recognition of their achievements.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states. The selectees include 25 public schools, including three magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as 10 nonpublic schools. Over a third of the 2019 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

View the list of all selected schools and districts and summaries of each of the 53 honorees.  More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to meet the criteria for the award can be found here.