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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. 




    GCSSA Has A Twitter Account

    Follow GCSSA on Twitter @GCSSAohio to get the latest news on inservice meetings for your Superintendent!


    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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Something Good is Happening in Our Schools

As part of its mission, the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents’ Association features the accomplishments of a member’s school district in its monthly newsletter under the heading, “Something Good Is Happening In Our Schools”. This short article of approximately three hundred words highlights recent accomplishments of the school district and is shared with 273 school districts throughout the state.

March 2014 Article

Something Good is Happening In Our Schools


Greg Ring, Superintendent, 
Educational Service Center of Lorain County 

Disruptive Innovation

The Educational Service Center of Lorain County has been wrestling with the term  “disruptive innovation”.  This year we have embraced Eduplanet21, a new way to provide professional development that is more convenient, less expensive, and offers a unique blended learning model.  The platform offers the combination of e-Learning technologies with social networking among participants.  There is already developed content on Danielson’s Framework, Habits of Mind, Common Core, Digital Classrooms, to mention a few. We are able to customize content based on teacher needs.  Offering graduate credit has provided incentive to administrators and teachers alike to grow professionally at a self-directed pace. To ensure that we are not adding to the already full plates of our customers, we intentionally made connections to Ohio Teaching Profession Standards, Principal Standards and Standards for Superintendents.

The Northern Ohio Research and Training Technology Hub (NORT2H) has been expanding our professional development offerings to several counties and changing our focus as our members continue to integrate technology.  This includes running Google Academies for several districts across NE Ohio.  NORT2H continues to assist with the implementation of iPads, but have also helped several districts implement Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks.  From a single chromebook cart, to professional development for a district that went 1-to-1, NORT2H has supported staff and students.  Helping districts research emerging technologies for the classroom and make informed decisions is a core component of NORT2H.  

The Northern Ohio Research and Training Technology Hub (NORT2H) will be spearheading a new emerging event for educators called EdCamp Cleveland!  Have you ever left a conference and felt that the best part of the conference was the “In-between” conversations with other educators?  This is essentially what an EdCamp format offers.  No preset titles are posted prior to an attendee’s arrival.  In fact, the attendees post the topics for conversation.  Note we said “conversations” and not “presentations.”  That’s right -- imagine showing up for a conference and not knowing the topics!  One other disclaimer -- this isn’t a “techie” conference.  Yep -- lots of teachers are posting on twitter, but the real target is the everyday classroom teacher that wants to have real conversations with other educators.  EdCamp Cleveland will be FREE on Saturday May 17th.  

Considering implementing blended-learning or preparing for the new online assessments students will soon be taking?  You may want to consider using ilearnOhio LMS (learning management system).   NORT2H in partnership with the Cuyahoga County ESC and the North Coast Council completed the ilearnOhio Certified Trainer course and are currently 1 of 5 certified training centers in Ohio.  ilearnOhio draws on many useful features, including a digital assessment tool connected with the NWEA Common Core Standards-aligned question bank.  If you are a Google Apps for Education district, ilearnOhio supports integration with those Google apps your teachers already use.

For more information and contact info, check out our website, loraincountyesc.org.


March 20, 2014 issue of OSC & GCSSA News, Notes & Notices

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