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    Special Meeting—OSC Security Committee Presents Findings

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 9:30—11:00 a.m. at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County (ESCCC) Administration Building, 5811 Canal Road, Valley View.

    Please note location change. 

    This meeting is open to Superintendents and their School Security Staff.  There is no cost to attend.  Seating is limited.  Registration is necessary; contact Nicky Mihalek at nmihalek@osconline.org or 800-264-1326 ext 106.


    GCSSA Brings National Speakers to Cleveland 


    Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair/Associate Dean for Global and Online Education University of Oregon, “World Class Learners”

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Union Club of Cleveland, 1211 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.


    Deb Delisle, Assistant U.S. Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, “A National Perspective”

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013; 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Harry E. Eastridge Professional Development Center (PDC), 5700 West Canal Road, Building B, Valley View, Conference Room B. 




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    Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond will present her perspective on school reform and re-design.




    Regular In-service Meeting, Friday, January 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m.— 11:00 a.m. at Union Club of Cleveland. 

    Program presented in conjunction with Cleveland State University’s Center for Educational Leadership.  11:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor, Cleveland.  Presentation by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond.  Registration open to GCSSA invitees on a limited basis.  Registration is necessary by Friday, January 11.  Cost is $35.00 per person to attend (includes valet parking at The Union Club and lunch at The City Club.) 

     Register with Nicky Mihalek, GCSSA office, (216) 447-3100 ext. 106 or nmihalek@osconline.org.



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Woodridge High School Initiates a Digital 21st Credit Requirement


Walter C. Davis, Superintendent, 
Woodridge Local Schools Schools


Beginning with the Class of 2018, students at Woodridge High School will be required to earn a full credit through an on-line, digital course.  Woodridge High School has initiated digital courses which will offer students the opportunity to take courses that otherwise conflict with their schedules or are not traditionally offered in our district.

Woodridge High School will utilize online digital courses from Connections Learning.   Courses require independent thinking, self-discipline, problem solving skills, and critical thinking ability.  Completing an online course will allow students to be prepared for the inevitable online learning experiences they will face in college, career technical programs, or the military.

The number of college students taking at least one online course has nearly doubled from twenty-three percent to forty-five percent over the last five years.  Students taking online courses in college are enrolled in an average of two such classes per semester.  Seventy-seven percent of university leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face learning environments. Sixty-nine percent of chief academic leaders in higher education settings say that online learning is critical to their institution’s long-term growth strategy.  As such, we believe that it is imperative that we provide our students with rigorous and relevant experiences in a digital learning environment to prepare them for their studies beyond high school.

Our students will not have to experience online learning on their own.  A certified teacher will be assigned to supervise online learning at school while a qualified online teacher will facilitate the course.  Teachers can answer students’ questions via email.  The student will be required to communicate regularly with the e-learning teacher until the course is completed. Connections Learning courses issue traditional grades ranging from A to F. Students will learn the importance of maintaining a daily routine while taking an online class as well as being disciplined to keep pace with an online course.

We plan to vary our offerings from year to year.   We have been offering Mandarin Chinese through Connections Learning for several years.   In the coming year, Woodridge High School will add Marine Science, Criminal Investigation, Introduction to Homeland Security, and a specialized ACT / Critical Thinking and Study Skills course.


May 22, 2014 issue of OSC & GCSSA News, Notes & Notices

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