Secondary English Weekly #17

VOLUME FOUR, ISSUE SEVENTEEN /January 10-14, 2022

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LITERACY & CURRICULUM PD DAY COMING UP ON JANUARY 18TH

The District PD Day on January 18th will have a literacy focus. All secondary teachers will be treated to a keynote address by Dr. Alfred Tatum focused on how all texts belong to all students. During the remainder of the day, secondary teachers will be able to select from other literacy sessions or sessions in their curricular area, with the caveat that they attend at least one literacy session throughout the day in addition to the keynote. You can check out all of the Secondary Curriculum PD Offerings HERE. Below are the English Sessions that are being prepared for Secondary English teachers and the Literacy Sessions for all secondary teachers.

Literacy

  • Advancing Adolescent Literacy, Dr. Alfred Tatum, KEYNOTE 8:30am-9:20am
  • What is Disciplinary Literacy? What does it have to do with my classroom?, Dr. Rachelle S. Savitz, Ph.D., REPEATED SESSION 10:30-11:20am OR 2:30-3:20pm

  • The Science of Reading: Developing a Secondary Literacy Plan, Dr. Gabi Bell Jimenez, SESSION 12:30-1:20pm

  • Cross Content Principles and Disciplinary Literacy, Dr. Josh Lawrence, REPEATED SESSION 1:30-2:20pm OR 2:30-3:20pm
  • On-Demand: Supporting All Learners to Build Literacy, Dr. Diana Townsend, (ANY SESSION WINDOW)
  • On-Demand: Annenberg Learner Reading and Writing in the Disciplines (ANY SESSION WINDOW)
  • Achieve3000 (Tier 2 Literacy Support Grades 6-9) BEGINNER REPEATED SESSION 9:30am-10:20pm OR 12:30-1:20pm; DIGGING DEEPER REPEATED SESSION 10:30-11:20am OR 1:30-2:20pm

English Curriculum

  • Writing and Academic Language in StudySync, REPEATED SESSION 9:30-10:20am OR 12:30-1:20pm
  • Reading and Discussion in StudySync, REPEATED SESSION 10:30-11:20am OR 1:30-2:20pm
  • Teaching Novels in Middle School with StudySync, SESSION 2:30-3:20pm
  • Open StudySync Q & A, 3:30-5pm

  • StudySync Webinar: Exploring the StudySync Library, 4:4:30pm

SEMESTERIZATION: CHANGING FROM X TO Y CLASSES and GRADES/EXAMS

Changing from X to Y

CCS uses semesterization to count credits. As such, each full-year course has an "X" class for the first semester worth .5 credit and a separate "Y" class for the second semester worth.5 credit. The Semester X sections of your courses will end on January 18th. Your Y courses begin on Jan 20th. Inside StudySync, you will start seeing your second semester classes appearing the week of January 17th and will likely see your first semester classes ending. Just like you did first semester, you can rename these classes to help you determine which class is which period when assigning items from StudySync. Here are some helpful guides:


Semester Exams/Grades

Teachers have the choice to offer a semester exam, but it is not mandatory. For English 6-12, the exam could be one of the tests in the StudySync Assessment Suite. Some good choices from that suite would be a State Test Preparation Assessment or an End of Unit Test.

-Based on BOE Policy #5421 approved on April 15, 2015, semesterization is permitted with teachers having the OPTION to give final exams.

-Below is a guide for teachers to use to calculate final grade WITH or WITHOUT semester exams.

Classes Granting Less Than One (1) Credit

-For a class granting less than one (1) credit for which a final exam is not given, the final grade shall be calculated by adding the quality points for each quarter's grade. The total shall then be divided by four (4). The final grade shall be determined by applying the resulting quality points to the Final Grade Calculation Scale.

-For a class granting less than one (1) credit for which a final exam is given at the discretion of the teacher, the final grade shall be calculated by first doubling and adding the quality points for each quarter's grade, and then adding those quality points and the quality points for the exam grade. The total shall then be divided by five (5). The final grade shall be determined by applying the resulting quality points to the Final Grade Calculation Scale.

-This Grade Calculator has two formulas for semester grades (one with an exam and one without an exam).

READBOWL 2022 FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

Super Bowl champion and Scholastic author of The Magician’s Hat, Malcolm Mitchell, is hosting READBowl 2022, a national reading competition for Grades PreK-8 that provides teachers with a FREE platform to motivate students to increase their reading minutes in school. READBowl culminates with the crowning of the National Reading Champions on Super Bowl Sunday! Join the challenge and rack up student reading minutes to compete for FREE books and prizes! The competition begins the day of the American College Football National Championship (January 10). READBowl will culminate with a live crowning of the World Champions of Reading on the morning of the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl Sunday (February 13).

Middle School Conference 6th-8th Grade

READBowl is a 4-week program divided into four quarters and includes a halftime show. Reading minutes must be tracked in the Official READBowl Weekly Playbook at www.readwithmalcolm.com/readbowl. The competition is based on the highest student average for reading minutes. Educators track their students’ reading minutes from 8:00 am EST each Monday of the competition through 11:59 pm EST each Sunday evening. Educators must enter the weekly minutes read by 5:00 pm EST each Monday following the prior week’s competition. Leaders in each conference are posted on the READBowl Leaderboard each Wednesday during READBowl. Weekly/Quarterly Champions are crowned in each conference. A World Champion will be crowned in each conference and must have read for the most average minutes per class/team within their conference throughout the duration READBowl. This year they will also crown an Overall World Champion. State Reading Champions will be crowned in each conference at the conclusion of READBowl.

REGISTER YOUR CLASS HERE.

OCTELA VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2022-REGISTRATION OPEN

The OCTELA Conference will be held virtually on February 25th and 26th. Advanced registration for the 2022 conference will close February 11, 2022! Registrations after this date will incur a $15 late registration fee.

Included with Registration:

  • Two days of LIVE conference sessions and keynote speakers
  • On-demand PRE-RECORDED sessions for attendees to watch
  • Up to 15 contact hours (depending on days attended and number of on-demand sessions watched)
  • One-year OCTELA Membership (current members will have their membership extended for one year) which includes digital access to Ohio Voices, the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, and the Teacher Resources section of the website.
  • Conference Website

Registration:

  • You can register online. The online form will allow you to pay with a credit card, check/money order, or by school purchase order.
  • If you need to register using a traditional paper registration form, please email Lena Moore at lmoore@nlsd.k12.oh.us
  • Registration is $73.00. Register Now.

Conference Theme: Storylines

Featured Speakers: Cornelius Minor and Kristen Simmons

THURBER HOUSE YOUNG WRITERS' STUDIO FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

For Winter/Spring 2022, Young Writers' Studio is hybrid (held in-person at Thurber Center and simultaneously Zoomed for virtual participants). You must register in advance, but students can participate from anywhere. After you register, if you will be participating virtually, they'll email you the Zoom access instructions. Young Writers' Studio is $15 per session. If students are unable to pay online or need financial assistance, please email Meg Brown at megbrown@thurberhouse.org.

Dates/Times

  • Tuesday, January 18 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, February 1 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, February 15 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, March 1 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, March 15 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, March 29 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, April 26 from 6:30–8:30 pm

REGISTER HERE

STANDARDS INSTITUTE VIRTUAL SUMMITS

Virtual Summits

Dates were just released for Winter and Spring 2022 Virtual Summits with interactive sessions focused on strategic support and equitable instruction to ensure students have equitable access to grade-level instruction. Learn more.

-Winter 2022 Virtual Summit, February 24 & March 3 Register for the Winter Virtual Summit

-Spring 2022 Virtual Summit, April 20 & April 27 Register for the Spring Virtual Summit

See the "Teacher Time" (Outings, Classes, Contests, Grants, and Additional PD) section below for the in-person Standards Institute this spring in Las Vegas.

ESC: MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER BOOK CLUB

ESC: MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER BOOK CLUB

Middle Grade Teacher Virtual Book Club with Franki Sibberson

Are you a teacher of grades 3-6 who loves to find new books for your students to enjoy? Join other middle grade teachers virtually to read and discuss children's books. Class will meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Each month, the focus will be on one middle grade novel. Teachers will be able to consider the learning each novel offers students.

Pick Your Session

MOY WINDOW

The MOY testing window is from December 6-January 14. Middle Schools have the option of taking the IReady MOY, based on building decision to opt in or opt out. The MasteryConnect MOY for high schools will be made available during that window.
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Monday, January 10

  • StudySync Webinar How to Plan a StudySync Lesson Register 6-6:30pm

Tuesday, January 11

  • StudySync Webinar: Virtual Teaching & Learning in StudySync Register 6:00-6:45PM

Wednesday, January 12

  • StudySync Webinar: How Administrators Can Best Utilize StudySync Register 2-2:30pm
  • ODE English PD Series: Restorative Writing Session Two Registration 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 14

  • ODE Literacy Academy Live 2022 “Debunking Myths about Dyslexia and Brain-based Teaching: Implications for System Change” with Dr. Nadine Gaab and Dr. Tracy Weeden, 1-2pm.
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ANNENBERG LEARNER: READING AND WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES

Description: This course provides teachers and literacy coaches with an overview of disciplinary literacy, essential concepts related to proficient reading and writing, and general instructional practices that support literacy development. The course encompasses four discipline strands: Mathematics, Science, English and History/Social Studies. Teachers will see videos with classroom examples specific to each discipline, research on what literacy means in the four disciplines, and case studies of professionals using literacy in their daily work. An extensive website houses the course text and interactive features.

Course Site: https://www.learner.org/series/reading-writing-in-the-disciplines/

BUILDING LITERACY: MORPHOLOGY, ACADEMIC LANGUAGE, AND TEXT SCAFFOLDING

Supporting All Learners to Build Literacy is a three-session video presentation from Dr. Dianna Townsend, a professor of literacy studies at the University of Nevada/Reno and a principal member of the Education Research Scientific Review Panel with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.


Morphology Video Presentation (21:09) Session One

DESCRIPTION: This presentation from the Ohio Literacy Academy will help you identify the basic units of the English language, explore meaningful morphemes in the content areas, and plan meaningful opportunities for secondary students to practice using morphemes. This can help build capacity around increasing literacy achievement in Columbus City Schools.

--Remember that you have access to Greek/Latin/Roots/Affixes skills lessons in StudySync both in the library (library tab, skills subtab, search for "Roots") and in the Vocabulary PDF workbooks in your Course Folders. In addition, you can filter for your grade level and "Academic Vocabulary" once on the library tab, skills subtab in StudySync for additional word study lessons.

--On the English 6-12 Webpage at the ELA Strand Resources for Reading, Writing, Language, & Speaking Quick Link in the Language Strand section, you have the following resources concerning roots/affixes: Greek/Latin Vocabulary Guiding Doc and Vocabulary Roots Online Greek/Latin Practice, in addition to other vocabulary links. Here is a helpful list of morphemes that are common across content areas. Think about how you can allow for students’ meaningful practice with those morphemes and words in the classroom.


Academic Language Video Presentation (21:41) Session Two
DESCRIPTION: This presentation from the Ohio Literacy Academy will help you identify key features of academic sentences and paragraphs, identify different types of connective words, and plan actionable approaches for supporting secondary students’ knowledge and use of connectives.

--On the English 6-12 Webpage at the ELA Strand Resources for Reading, Writing, Language, & Speaking Quick Link in the Writing Strand section, you have the following resources concerning transitions, academic sentence stems, and connectives:

--Remember that you also have access to transition skills lessons in the StudySync Library (library tab, skills subtab, search for "transitions"), and work with organization within the CORE ELA Units. Many of the slide-in scaffolds in StudySync have sentence stems for discussion and writing. Think about how you can allow for students’ meaningful practice with academic language in the classroom.


Scaffolding Texts Video Presentation (21:21) Session Three

DESCRIPTION: This presentation from the Ohio Literacy Academy will help you explain the importance of text scaffolding, as well as plan for before, during and after reading scaffolds for content area texts.

--On the English 6-12 Webpage at the ELA Strand Resources for Reading, Writing, Language, & Speaking Quick Link in the Reading Strand section, you have several resources concerning text scaffolding including the ones below. There are also many graphic organizers for analyzing text at the same quick link.

--Remember that you can provide access to slide-in scaffolds in StudySync for your students in the USERS tab and that there are slide-in graphic organizers also available when you assign/customize the StudySync lessons.

CCS SECONDARY ENGLISH 2021 OST REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS

CCS SECONDARY ENGLISH 2021 OST REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS

You will find the CCS SECONDARY ENGLISH 2021 OST REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS linked here and at the "Standardized Testing" Quick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage. Pages 2-10 focus on Reading and Pages 11-14 focus on Writing. Read through to understand how research says we can make gains in both areas.
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Curriculum Maps, Course Folders, and Resource Lists

-Visit these Curriculum/Instructional Resources Quick Links on the ELA 6-12 Webpage for all Secondary English Curriculum.

At these links, you will find your COURSE FOLDERS that have everything you need for your courses including Curriculum Maps, Course Introduction Pages, Standard docs, digital novels, adopted resource trainings/tutorials, etc. To access many curricular and district, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account. Curricular documents are also linked on these Google docs:


-Here are the Resource Lists for Secondary English.

  1. The Tier I Instructional Resources are StudySync (English 6-12) and the Bedford Texts/Launchpad (Honors and AP English).
  2. The Tier II Intervention Resource is Achieve3000. The contact person for this resource is Sonja Dill.
  3. The Supplemental Resource is TeachingBooks.
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Curriculum Resources: Access, PD, Tutorials, & Trainings

StudySync (Tier 1 Adopted Resource English 6-12)

  • Help Center: Finding the Help Center in StudySync (video): You can find self-paced Training in the Help Center.
  • Tutorials: StudySync Tutorials (Some of the most popular tutorials)
  • Trainings: StudySync Trainings (Recorded CCS StudySync trainings from 2020 and 2021)
  • Demo Code: Here is the demo code for StudySync in case you have a student teacher, building coach, or admin that wants to see the platform and they do not have a class aligned in Clever/IC. DEMO: https://my.mheducation.com, UN: studysync2021, PW: MHEela21
  • Errors: If you notice an error in a StudySync assignment, send an email to Carla Mae cphillips3865@columbus.k12.oh.us. She will let both McGraw Hill and StudySync know so that they can make corrections.
  • For the latest information at StudySync, sign up for the SyncUP monthly newsletter. Opt-in here: studysync.com/subscribe

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Bedford/Launchpad (Tier 1 Adopted Resource Honors and AP)

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TeachingBooks (Supplemental Resource)

  1. CCS-Novels Available in the English 6-12 Curriculum Office
  2. CCS Middle School Curriculum: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  3. CCS High School Curriculum: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  1. CCS English 6: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  2. CCS English 7: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  3. CCS English 8: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  4. CCS English 9: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  5. CCS English 10: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  6. CCS English 11: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  7. CCS English 12: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource

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Secondary English Curriculum Videos

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outings, classes, contests, grants, and additional pd

ODE ENGLISH PD SERIES: RESTORATIVE WRITING

Join the Ohio Department of Education and INFOhio to learn about restorative writing and Open Space – Ohio’s creation and collaboration space for educators. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how and why restorative writing could be a powerful and reflective outlet for students amid the pandemic. Participants also will learn about Open Space tools and resources that support the writing standards in Ohio's Learning Standards for English Language Arts. This virtual series is open and free to all who would like to participate, but Registration is Required.

The dates, times and registration are included below.

  • Session 2 - Date: Jan.12, 2022, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Session 3 - Date: Jan.26, 2022, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Presenters: Mary Rowland and Melissa Solema, INFOhio; Teresa Castellaneta, Ohio Department of Education

-Contact Teresa Castellaneta with questions: teresa.castellaneta@education.ohio.gov.


OHIO LITERACY ACADEMY LIVE 2022

Join the Ohio Department of Education for Literacy Academy Live 2022. Literacy Academy Live 2022 will include four livestream keynotes this January and February. Each keynote will feature a conversation between national experts, bringing the lens of both research and practice to important topics regarding evidence-based language and literacy instruction for students from birth through grade 12. Keynote sessions will take place from 1-2 p.m. as follows:

  • “Debunking Myths about Dyslexia and Brain-based Teaching: Implications for System Change,” with Dr. Nadine Gaab and Dr. Tracy Weeden on Jan. 14, 2022.
  • “The Science of Reading and English Learners: Instruction that Makes a Difference,” with Dr. Elsa Cardenas Hagan and Dr. Claude Goldenberg on Jan. 21, 2022.
  • “Meaningful Language: Intentional Conversation and Play in Early Care and Education,” with Dr. Susan Neuman and Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson on Jan. 28, 2022.
  • “Leading Literacy, Growing Equity: How School Leaders Can Improve Reading Instruction for All Students,” with Dr. Doug Fisher and Kareem Weaver on Feb. 4, 2022.

Registration is not required. Simply visit the Literacy Academy Live 2022 webpage to access each livestream keynote at its scheduled date and time. Direct questions about Literacy Academy Live 2022 to ComprehensiveLiteracy@education.ohio.gov.


NCTE WINTER BOOK DISCUSSIONS

NCTE extends an invitation to participate in one or more book discussions. Each book discussion will center open dialogue among literacy educators regarding the book and will be led by one or more NCTE member leaders. For a fruitful dialogue, attendees should have read or be generally familiar with the featured title(s). Learn more and register here.

January 20, 2022 Winter Book Discussion—Becoming

January 27, 2022 Winter Book Discussion—The 1619 Project

January 31, 2022 Winter Book Discussion—Amanda Gorman

February 3, 2022 Winter Book Discussion—The Nickel Boys

February 9, 2022 Winter Book Discussion—Harlem Shuffle

February 15, 2022 Winter Book Discussion—We Are Not Broken


NATIONAL BOOK AWARAD AUTHOR EVENT

Join National Book Award winner Kevin Boyle in conversation with esteemed Ohio State University scholar Hasan Kwame Jeffries on Monday, January 31st @ 7:00pm at Gramercy Books to learn about Boyle’s The Shattering: America in the 1960s, a masterful history of the decade whose conflicts shattered America’s postwar order and divide us still.

The event is free, but registration is required. Proof of full vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test is required to attend. Masks are mandated by the City of Bexley, even for those unvaccinated. Seating is limited. Get Tickets


NCTE POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Scholarship This scholarship provides funding for professional development experiences for English language arts teachers working in public educational institutions. The scholarship supports postgraduate training to enhance teaching skills and/or career development in teaching. Learn more and apply here. Deadline January 31.


ESC: MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER BOOK CLUB WITH FRANKI SIBBERSON

Are you a teacher of grades 3-6 who loves to find new books for your students to enjoy? Join other middle grade teachers virtually to read and discuss children's books. Class will meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Each month, the focus will be on one middle grade novel. Teachers will be able to consider the learning each novel offers students.

Pick Your Session


PD: THE POWER OF SUCCESS CRITERIA IN DAILY INSTRUCTION

CCS Teacher, Tracie Helmbrecht, will present a Success Criteria PD on February 9, 2022 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. with an optional follow up on February 16, 2022.
Location: ZOOM ID# 588 749 4352 Passcode: Feb9 https://ccsoh-us.zoom.us/j/5887494352?pwd=ajg4WEVzdW5wbDFCemJTdVdhdHF4UT09

Register on PDS: 42881
Target Audience: K-12 Educators and administrators
Description: Teacher Clarity is one of the areas the district has included in the 5-Year Strategic Plan. It is also in full alignment with the Common Instructional Framework as well as a focus in many SIPs. This time will be spent reviewing Teacher Clarity protocol, defining Success Criteria, overcoming challenges of implementation and discovering how Success Criteria provides equity in instruction and assessment of standards. Although not required, it might be useful to have a copy of THE SUCCESS CRITERIA PLAYBOOK by Almarode, Fisher, Thunder & Frey (2021). The first 10 attendees who register (either in PDS or by contacting Tracie directly) will receive a free copy of the book.


STANDARDS INSTITUTE VIRTUAL SUMMITS

Dates were just released for Winter and Spring 2022 Virtual Summits with interactive sessions focused on strategic support and equitable instruction to ensure students have equitable access to grade-level instruction. Learn more.

-Winter 2022 Virtual Summit, February 24 & March 3 Register for the Winter Virtual Summit

-Spring 2022 Virtual Summit, April 20 & April 27 Register for the Spring Virtual Summit


STANDARDS INSTITUTE

The Standards Institute is an immersive and transformative five-day in-person learning experience for teachers, coaches, and leaders. Educators who attend the Standards Institute have conversations about race, examine bias and its role in instruction and learning, and commit to adaptive change within themselves as practitioners while learning practical strategies that can improve instructional practice and leadership in schools and systems.

The Institute

  • Five days of in-person immersive, coherent learning sessions led by our highly trained facilitators Monday, March 28, 2022 – Friday, April 1, 2022 Las Vegas, NV

    Price: $2,800 / person

  • Powerful, transformational keynote speakers
  • Courageous conversations and open dialogue about implicit bias and racist structures, with insights and actions to share with colleagues
  • Tools, strategies, and frameworks to enhance instructional practices
  • The opportunity to form strategic relationships with like-minded educators leading the movement towards equitable and anti-racist instruction

EVENT DETAILS AND REGISTRATION


OHIO TEACHER LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2022

The Ohio Department of Education would like you to consider applying to present at the 2022 Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit. The Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit is scheduled for June 8, 2022 at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. The Summit highlights innovation in teacher leadership in Ohio. The goal of the Summit is to build a statewide network of teacher leaders and administrators to promote and strengthen teacher leadership in Ohio. The Department is seeking teachers, principals and other school leaders engaged in innovative teacher leadership practices at the school and district levels to share their successes, challenges and lessons learned with others in the state. Breakout sessions can be presented in various formats such as panel sessions, discussions and lectures. The Call for Presenters is open through Jan. 10, 2022. Teachers are invited to submit an application. Questions may be addressed to teacher.leadership@education.ohio.gov.


GIVEAWAYS

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Ohio Poetry Association High School Contest

The Ohio Poetry Association's (OPA) annual high school poetry contest, offering cash prizes (up to $25) and publication to winners in nine categories, is now open. A grand prize-winning poem will be published in Common Threads. Eligible poems will be sent to the Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. The OPA contest is open to any student in grades 9–12 in Ohio. There is no entry fee. The submission deadline is January 25, 2022. Here are the OPA Contest Specifics and the OPA Contest Site. For further inquiries or questions send an email to studentcontest@ohiopoetryassn.org.

CONTEST CATEGORIES

  1. Voices from the Past – A persona poem in any style in the voice of someone or something from history or prehistory (e.g., a person/animal/artifact).
  2. Ethos – Ethos is a Greek word defined as the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution or the fundamental character or spirit of a culture. Write a poem that reflects in some way your own ethnicity or cultural heritage. Any form. 30-line limit.
  3. Endings – A poem of any style/form 30 lines maximum.
  4. Free Verse – A poem of no more than 10 lines on any subject.
  5. Humor – A poem that makes us laugh—amusing, humorous, funny (but clean enough to print) in any form. 30-line limit.
  6. Metrical Measures – Write a poem in any form that is metrical, e.g., sonnet, villanelle, blank verse. 30-line limit.
  7. My Future: Write a poem about what you envision your life will be like 10 years from today. Any form. 30-line limit.
  8. Lyric Poem - Any subject, i.e., sonnets, villanelles, pantoums, ghazals, elegies, odes and dramatic monologues.
  9. Nature Poem – A poem of any style, up to two pages in length, about flowers, seasons, animals, weather, water, trees, or anything else that expresses an appreciation of the natural world.

FLIP THE PAGE: STUDENT SUBMISSIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Flip the Page: Central Ohio's Teen Literary Journal

Writers ages 13–19: it's your chance to get published! Thurber House is now accepting submissions for the 2022 edition of Flip the Page: Central Ohio's Teen Literary Journal. Flip the Page is written, staffed, juried, and produced by Central Ohio teens and Thurber House. The journal features stories, poems, nonfiction, and artwork from writers and artists ages 13–19. Flip the Page provides teens with experience in submission, critique, editorial design, and publication. All accepted writers and artists receive a complimentary copy of the journal, which will be sold on Amazon.

Click to Submit! Submission Deadline: January 29, 2022

Writing Guidelines

  • Must be a resident of Central Ohio (Franklin, Delaware, Union, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, or Licking counties)
  • Open to teens ages 13 to 19 years old
  • They are interested in short stories, poems, songs, essays, play excerpts, and especially humor pieces
  • Maximum of 800 words per piece
  • Limit of two entries per person
  • Accepted formats are Word documents and shareable Google documents

Have a question? Check the Thurber House website or email megbrown@thurberhouse.org.

columbus metropolitan library winter reading challenge

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is bringing back its Winter Reading Challenge, in which students can earn prizes just by reading over break. The Winter Reading Challenge aims to keep reading skills strong when students are out of school over the holidays. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, K-12 students can register and pick up a game board in person at CML’s 23 locations throughout Franklin County.

-The annual program challenges students to track their progress as they read for 20 days and complete five activities on their game boards. Examples of game board activities include “Read a book about a famous person,” “Read a book with a magical creature,” “Tell a staff member about a book you read” and many more. Just for signing up, students will receive a bookmark, mechanical pencil, eraser and sticker. Students who complete the program will earn a book they can keep, as well as a drawstring bag.

2022 StudySync Media Contest

9TH ANNUAL STUDYSYNC MEDIA CONTEST

Are you ready to show off your students’ creativity? Get ready for the 9th annual StudySync media contest! To enter, students can record and submit their own StudySyncTV video, podcast episode, preview video, concept definition video, novel poster, or a short story of their favorite book outside of the StudySync library. The grand prize for the top entry will be a $500 Amazon gift card (awarded to the submitting teacher) for classroom materials and a classroom Zoom chat with StudySync CEO Robert Romano; $100 Amazon gift card prizes are also awarded to the submitting teacher for top middle and high school entries in each category listed below! Teachers have until 5 pm on May 4th, 2022, to send in submissions on behalf of their students along with parent/guardian permission forms to mysynctv@studysync.com OR submit via Google form. Submissions are limited to five (5) entries per category per teacher. Consider having students peer review videos, podcasts, and posters to select the five (5) per category to be submitted. A parent or guardian permission slip must be included for each student participating.

CONTEST CATEGORIES AND DETAILS

  • StudySyncTV Student-created StudySyncTV episodes have been voted the “most popular” of our annual contest. Students can collaborate to produce a 5-minute-or-less StudySyncTV-style or SkillsTV-style episode for any text or skill in the StudySync Library that currently does not include a video. Students should use only original images, artwork, music, and content and check the StudySync Library to ensure their choice does NOT already have a StudySyncTV video.
  • Podcast Develop and record an original podcast about any text in the StudySync Library. Students can offer their perspectives on a theme or pertinent topic surrounding the text. Have your students listen to the podcasts embedded in some of our Blasts for inspiration, or even have them listen to one of their choice from Apple or Spotify! Have students take notes about what makes a good podcast to help them plan and script their own. Students should use only original images, artwork, music, and/or content.
  • Preview Video Produce a video mirroring the Preview videos in StudySync's Intro tab of a text. Students can highlight details about the title’s time period and theme. Please select a novel or text in the StudySync Library that does NOT currently have a Preview video or choose a favorite novel that is not yet in the StudySync Library and develop an audio-visual representation of what is typically found on a book's jacket. Create an introduction that entices fellow students to read the selection. Students should use only original images, artwork, music, and content.
  • Concept Definition Video Produce a video mirroring the Concept Definition or SkillsTV videos! While it is ok to submit a concept definition that is already in the StudySync program, please advise students to rewrite their own script and new conversation between students. Students should use only original images, artwork, music, and content. To get started, download a Concept Definition sample script!
  • Novel Poster Students develop a digital poster image from an original photo, digital image, or artwork as a backdrop clearly identifying the author and title of the book, for one of their favorite titles NOT already in the StudySync Library. Students should use only original images, artwork, and content.
  • Graphic Novel Let your writing shine! Create a graphic novel based on a favorite title of theirs that isn’t part of the StudySync Library. Text and imagery should be original and concise as well as 10 pages or less in length. Students words should be their own! Students should use only original images, artwork, and content.

TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED

  • If you’re considering having students enter the contest, take a look at last year’s winners to get an idea of what they will need to produce.
  • Assign the MyStudySyncTV Unit using the Contests filter in the Units tab within the StudySync Library. The MyStudySyncTV Unit engages students in the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills that are necessary to develop a multimedia project. Completion of the MyStudySyncTV Unit or assignments are NOT required to enter the contest.
  • Have students watch several StudySync® TV, SkillsTV, and Preview videos in the Library to provide students with a framework for the project. Also, using the Blasts filter feature, locate podcasts in the Blasts Library by selecting Blasts with ‘audio’ to provide a model for podcast entries.
  • Visit THIS STUDYSYNC MEDIA CONTEST site for more information.

POETRY OUT LOUD REGISTRATION OPEN

Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary heritage and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council and Wild Goose Creative. Teachers, librarians, or administrators register their high schools each year with the Ohio Arts Council and organize contests with one class, several classes, or a whole school. Contests, workshops, and multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

REGISTER I CONTEST STRUCTURE

ncte student writing awards

Here are two writing contests from NCTE.

Achievement Awards in Writing (for 11th grade students)

  • This school-based writing program encourages high school students in their writing and publicly recognizes some of the best student writers in the nation. Deadline February 15

Promising Young Writers (for 8th grade students)

  • This school-based writing program stimulates and recognizes student’s writing talents and emphasizes the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. Deadline February 15

Princeton Summer Journalism Program

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program offers a tuition-free journalism institute and college counseling program for high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Participants spend 10 days in late July/early August at Princeton University, where they learn about inquiry and truth in reporting through workshops taught by Princeton University professors and professional journalists. The summer institute culminates in the publication of the student-produced newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal. Although students who have been actively involved in journalistic activities are welcome, no prior experience is required to qualify. Students apply through three rounds of consideration during their junior year and begin participation the following summer. During their senior year, students work closely with a volunteer college counselor to complete the college admissions process. Learn more about PSJP application process and refer a student to receive more information via this PSJP Website. The Application Deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022.

Ohio Association of Student Leaders (OASL) Opportunity

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to be part of a student-led online roundtable discussion with the Ohio Department of Education concerning Ohio's Whole Child Framework: Healthy, Safe, Supported, Challenged and Engaged. There is no cost to participate. The goal of this series is to increase student voice in implementing Ohio's Whole Child Framework. Objectives include:
  1. Engage with students
  2. Have conversation about Ohio's Whole Child Framework
  3. Gather student voices and ideas
  4. Identify ways for schools to increase student voice to create schools that support the Whole Child.

The remaining public roundtable sessions will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 22
  • Tuesday, March 22
  • Tuesday, April 19

Register HERE. Questions should be directed to Anthony Paletta, OASL Director of Advancement: anthony.paletta@oasl-oh.org

NEW ALBANY STUDENT LECTURE SERIES

Holly St. Myer from the New Albany Community Foundation has extended an invitation for Columbus City School students to participate in the New Albany Student Lecture Series 2021-22 both as avid spectators and through advanced submission of thoughtful questions. If you would like students from your school to participate in any of the following lectures, contact Holly at holly@hinsonltd.com. Here are the upcoming lectures:

  • February 16: Abby Wambach, World Cup Champ and Bestselling Author (Health & Wellbeing)
  • March 10: H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor, & Mary Louise Kelly, Co-host of NPR's "All Things Considered" (National Security)
  • April 6: Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, & Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff (Civil Discourse and Debate)
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Carla Mae Phillips

English 6-12 Curriculum Coordinator

Southland Center, Suite 125



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