Announcement: Summer Seminar on Teaching the Holocaust and Social Justice

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Pathways for Teaching the Holocaust and Social Justice seminar to be held July 17 – 22 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Pathways for Teaching the Holocaust and Social Justice is an interactive seminar for educators teaching about the Holocaust, other genocides, and issues of social injustice. Using writing as a medium for teaching this often difficult material is a core focus. Participants will engage with primary sources and other thought-provoking instructional materials geared to help them make meaningful connections between the Holocaust, more recent genocides, and the civil rights issues currently facing our nation. This is a unique and personally enriching professional development experience.

The seminar is free and participants will receive 5 CEUs. Participants will also receive materials, meals, and housing (if needed) for the seminar. For more information, click here for a PDF of the flyer or contact Sue Fletcher at



Announcement: Summer Writing Institute

Buckeye Valley Local Schools will be hosting a Summer Writing Institute with a focus on Research, Argumentation, and Analysis. This Institute will be for K-8 teachers of ELA, Science & Social Studies and is being planned in conjunction with Gahanna Schools. It will take place at Buckeye Valley High School (901 Coover Road, Delaware, OH). The Institute will support the Ohio Learning Standards for research, argumentation and analysis with strands by grade bands, individual grade level, and subject areas. It is modeled after the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s Summer Institutes. Low cost College credit or CEUs will be available. Registration cost $100.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (8:00-3:00) & a half day Thursday (8:0012:00).

If you have any questions, please contact Kristine Michael

OJELA Call for Manuscripts

The deadline for manuscripts for the next issue of the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts is fast approaching! The next issue theme focuses on Social Justice: Students as Citizens and Advocates. This issue asks ELA teachers, administrators, and literacy coaches to consider the intersections of literacy teaching and learning with social justice advocacy.  Check out the current call for manuscripts page for more information. The deadline is April 15!

Announcement: TYCA Midwest Conference Call for Proposals

The Two-Year College Teachers of English Association, affiliated with NCTE, is currently accepting proposals for their conference in October. The conference focuses on writing, developmental English, and literature courses taught in the first two years of post-secondary education. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Curiousity.”

To read more, please visit their site:


Announcement: INFOhio Needs Your Help

Dear INFOhio Friends and Supporters,

Disappointing News

INFOhio received disappointing news regarding the proposed FY18-19 biennium budget.  Our $1.1 million for digital content was not restored to the FY14-15 budget level.  This $1.1 million goes directly for content to all Ohio schools – public, private, charter, online and homeschool.

What’s at stake?

These resources disappear if the $1.1 million for digital content isn’t restored:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Biography Reference Center
  • BookFlix
  • Early World of Learning
  • Explora
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Point of View
  • Science Online
  • Science Reference Center
  • Storia
  • World Book…


Here’s how you can help!

Join our advocacy campaign to request that the $1.1 million for digital content be restored to bring INFOhio back to FY14-15 budget levels by completing three easy steps:

  1. Update your administrators.

Let them know that your district will be losing these valuable resources. Tell them how it will impact student learning.

  1. Contact your legislators. 

Call and send letters to your state senator and representative, and ask them to restore the $1.1 million for INFOhio in line 465.

  1. Organize others to contact their legislators.

Ask teachers, students, and parents to share their stories with their state representatives and senators.

Not sure who your legislator is?

Check out our Find my Legislator search feature on the INFOhio advocacy page.

Not sure what to say?

Take a look at our message starters to help you get the ball rolling, but be sure to follow it up with your own story! It’s important that you share how you are using these digital resources with your students and the impact these resources have on student learning. Yours are the stories everyone wants to hear!

Thank you for helping us save your digital resources! 

Melissa Higgs-Horwell  

eLearning Specialist | INFOhio

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Check out our new blog on teaching with INFOhio.  Stay Connected with INFOhio all school year long for updates on new classroom resources! 

Announcement: BCTBA Nominations and Book Grant from Perma-Bound

Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards Nominations

Children and teens in Ohio are currently nominating their favorite books for the Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards.  The top five nominated books in each grade-level category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and Teen) will go to the ballot for the 2017 Buckeye Book Awards.  These top nominees will be announced on April 1, 2017 at

Nominations remain open all year, but nominations must be made by March 10 in order to be considered for the 2017 Buckeye Book Awards.

Perma-Bound Grant for Teachers and Librarians

Perma-Bound is once again graciously sponsoring a grant that will allow 4 teachers or librarians to each win 15 new books, to help them get students excited about reading and to promote voting for the Buckeye Book Awards. Public and school librarians, teachers, and out-of-school program educators are eligible.  Apply by March 15th for the Perma-Bound Buckeye Book Award Programming Grant.  The winners of this grant will receive three copies each of the top five nominated books in one grade-level category, for a total of 15 books, from Perma-Bound. There will be 4 grant winners named, one for each grade-level category.

For more information and to apply for the book grant:

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.


Announcement: Comment Period Open for Ohio Draft Plan for ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)






The Ohio Department of Education has released the full draft, including technical submissions, and overview, of Ohio’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Replacing No Child Left behind, ESSA was passed on December 10, 2015 and provides for more flexibility at the state and local levels in the education process.

Ohio’s draft plan addresses Academic Standards, Assessments, Accountability, School Improvement, and other important elements of Ohio’s education system.

To read more about it, please visit

The public comment period will be open until March 6, 2017 and can be accessed here.

Announcement: NCTE Awards and Other Information


NCTE is accepting applications for the KENT WILLIAMSON FELLOWSHIP. This annual fellowship is awarded to an NCTE member selected to spend six weeks in the Washington, DC office to apply his or her ideas and experience to education policy work. The selected fellow will meet with staff members in the Department of Education and in the House and Senate, advise NCTE Policy Analysts, write blog entries for the NCTE website, and connect with NCTE current and potential literacy and advocacy initiatives. The deadline for application is February 28, 2017. More information and the online application can be found here:


Middle school teachers are encouraged to submit 8th grade work to the NCTE Promising Young Writers Awards. The deadline is February 24th. More information can be found here:


NCTE invites members to host an African American Read-In during the month of February. Information about the read-in can be found here:  The toolkit is available here:

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