MCESC Title III Newsletter

April 2016, Issue 3

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Finishing strong

It's unbelievable to think that we have made it to the final grading period of the 2015-2016 school year. Please celebrate your time and commitment to making a difference in the lives of English learners and their families. This newsletter includes minimal state updates and a few lessons to continue to support educators, students, and families as we wind down the final weeks.

updates from ode

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Data Entry Interface (DEI)

The following User Guide and Tutorial was sent on March 17 as a resource. The main bullet that may impact our districts is listed below:

  • Please note that there is a typo in the Test Coordinator's Manual posted on the Portal. On page 33 of the manual, there is a date that is incorrect. The current manual states that all responses must be entered in the DEI by April 29. This date should read April 22. Please adjust your testing schedules to fit this timeframe.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ohio Help Desk 877.231.7809 or

networking with families

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april is national poetry month

Reading Rockets has monthly tips for parents to spend time with their children while learning. Visit this month's article about "Poems at Home" to learn the English language and content specific components of English language arts. This is a great opportunity for parents to work with teachers in the classroom, too.
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educational opportunities for students

Colorin' Colorado Newsletter Resources

Although we celebrated National Women's Month and Migrant Workers Week in March, Colorin' Colorado shared an excellent newsletter full of resources just a few days ago. Here are quality articles to assist with the engagement and learning interests of students in your classroom.

Be sure to reference ODE's Ohio's English Proficiency Standards and Instructional Guide and Resources for English Language Learners when planning and designing lessons and activities for students.

Upcoming Meetings

Title III Administrative

Thursday, April 14th, 8:15-8:45am

7300 North Palmyra Road

Canfield, OH

Registration begins at 8:00 AM. We will be discussing end of year items as well as information regarding the 2016-2017 school year. An agenda will be shared early next week.
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Summer PD on the Horizon

The MCESC Summer Professional Development Brochure is in the final stages of preparation to be shared with districts in the near future. Registration and detailed information will be included. There will be two opportunities for supporting English learners for EL teachers/tutors, general education teachers, and administrators among many other PD choices. We look forward to seeing you!

Dawna Rappach

Instructional Supervisor and Gifted/Title III Coordinator
Mahoning County Educational Service Center