“I feel as an educator, you should never stop learning,” assistant superintendent John Monteleone said after being selected to help develop Ohio’s strategic plan for education.
Through networking and building connections, he was invited by state superintendent Paolo DeMaria to serve as a member of the excellent educators and instructional practices workgroup.
The Ohio Department of Education has not pursued an effort of this magnitude in well over a decade, and the re-authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act sparked the motion to set a five-year plan.
ESSA, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act, urges Ohio to clearly articulate its plans for using federal funds to ensure accountability for all students. The act provides support to high schools where one-third or more of students do not graduate, and to schools with minority students who consistently demonstrate low performance.
The workgroups will meet twice a month to look at strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities within each school district.
“This will show us what our priorities need to be,” Monteleone said. “Right now, our top priority is providing equity, and making sure students who need the most support and interventions get them.”
The five groups — standards, assessments and accountability; early learning and literacy; excellent educators and instructional practices; student supports and school climate and culture; high school success and post-secondary connections — will have 25 participants, including school teachers, local school board members, and state board of education members.
Groups are designed to bring practitioners and stakeholders together to identify strategies that support the state’s to-be-determined vision and goals for education for 2018 to 2023.
“We’re going to benefit directly because we have somebody at the table,” Monteleone said. “When I sit in on these committees and see what the other work groups are doing and what their goals are defined to be, then I can bring that information back to Oberlin and it will help drive the work that we do.”
The first meeting will be held Friday, Sept. 29.
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