Department of Student Services
Exceptional Students…Exceptional Staff 4.5.16
Ohio Association of Teacher Educators Outstanding Mentor
Congratulations to Mary Cline for being awarded the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators (OATE) Outstanding Mentor award! Each year OATE recognizes the important role of a school-based teacher who has significantly contributed to the theoretical/practical knowledge base of other teachers. OATE understands the vital support mentor teachers provide to preservice teachers.
Mary Cline teaches an MD unit at Chase Elementary. She has taught in Cincinnati Public Schools for 33 years which is a remarkable achievement as well. Mary has worked with students with disabilities at Taft Elementary, Kirby Road School, Schwab (swing space), and Chase Elementary. Mrs. Cline willingly volunteers to be a mentor teacher year after year as she believes in modeling best practices to help ensure our district receives top notch new hires. Many of the preservice teachers she mentors apply and, in turn, get hired into CPS.
Mrs. Cline was nominated to receive this award by multiple professors from the University of Cincinnati. This was the first time in the history of the award that U.C. has ever nominated a mentor teacher. Mary stated, "To be totally honest it was an honor for UC to nominate me; that alone was a huge thrill." The professors at U.C. recognized the huge role Mrs. Cline has played in mentoring their students. Mary is a master at effective modeling and coaching of preservice teachers. Karen Troup (University of Cincinnati Field Service Associate Professor) shared, "Mary meets each intern where they are and then helps them develop the skills needed to become a strong teacher. She is supportive and caring with high expectations. She scaffolds her demands to meet the comfort level of each student candidate." Alex Yersky, Mrs. Cline's current mentee stated, "Perhaps what I respect most about her mentoring, is that she will allow us to fail in the classroom, rather than stepping in, which is a necessary thing for young teachers. This experience and teaching opportunity allows me to self-examine my reasoning."
Kudos to Mary Cline for winning this state-wide award. The students, families and preservice teachers of Cincinnati Public Schools are lucky to have such a dedicated intervention specialist.
Mary and Regina Sapona (University of Cincinnati Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Mary's well deserved award
Mary and Joe Link (University of Cincinnati professor)
Google Hangout- Gifted Education
Mark your calendars for an engaging and informative Google Hangout -
"You Don't Know What You Don't Know: Navigating the World of Gifted Education"
When: April 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Watch the live hangout here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbL4WWjxtuY
If you have a question during the event, you can email questions directly to Angela Grimm at firstname.lastname@example.org before the event. You can also post questions or comments on the OAGC (Ohio Association for Gifted Children) Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OhioAGC) or your Twitter account during the event. If you post on Twitter, please include #oagc in your tweet.
In April, the window for the AIR assessment will open. LEP students must take all sections of the assessment, but have a list of accommodations available to them. This list can be found in the Ohio Accessibility Manual through the ODE.
-The old rules for applying accommodations no longer apply
-Under the new rules, any LEP student is eligible for any accommodation no matter how long they have been in the country. It is up to a team of educators to decide which accommodations are best for each child.
The OELPA assessment window will remain open until 4/22. It is highly recommended that all OELPA assessment are completed before the AIR window opens to avoid an overlap.
If you have any student who enrolls and becomes identified as LEP before this window closes, they will need to be given all sections of the OELPA.
In the past two newsletters, we have shared information about the study conducted by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) and the National Center on Systemic Improvement (NCSI).
The past newsletters discussed the challenges students with disabilities face in the areas of reading and writing when taking assessments along with the implications for instruction.
This week the focus is students who struggle to justify answers. This is a skill that all students need to master to be successful in all content areas. Students need to understand how to find and extract supporting evidence in both text and video within their writing as well as provide written justification for math responses.
Ideas for meeting these challenges in the classroom can be found below.
Autism & ALL Special Needs Expo
Co-teaching Roundtables are Here!
WHO: All intervention specialists, general education teachers, (it would be great to attend as a co-teaching pair if possible), building administrators
WHEN/WHERE: Mayerson, course number- 1991.6452
5/11/16: Becoming a Co-Teaching Model in Your Building