High school contest can spark interest in poetry

Teachers who are looking for a new way to make poetry come alive in their classrooms may receive a curriculum toolkit by registering for the Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition before the Nov. 29 deadline. Students in grades 9-12 memorize a poem and recite it for their peers. Through a judging process, each participating school selects one student, who will represent them at the Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Finals in March 2014. The state champion will receive $500 and an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest in Washington, D.C., April 29-30, 2014. To register, visit the Ohio Arts Council website. Direct any questions to Pat Shannon at or (614) 728-4481.

Online newspaper activities for the classroom

NewsBank a collection of digital newspapers offered at no charge to schools through INFOhio, is a great way to incorporate current events, text complexity and research techniques into the classroom. The “News Headlines/Activities” section presents top stories in politics, science, sports and culture from around the world along with related activities based on Common Core State Standards. The “Hot Topics” section poses questions about current stories of interest and suggests search terms to help students explore on their own. Look for both sections in the top left corner of the NewsBank home page.

Power of teacher-based teams showcased in online resources

The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council offers two resources to instruct educators on the benefits and practices of working in teacher-based teams. Check out these resources on the Council’s website:

Teacher-Based Teams: What Districts Need to Know module (login required)—This online learning module provides support for the development of teacher-based teams by helping connect their work to the strategies developed by the district and related action steps of their school.

Teacher-Based Teams in Action video—This video covers the frameworks the leadership council and the Ohio Improvement Process have developed to help schools use collaboration and share responsibility for improving student achievement. It thoroughly explores how the 5-Step Process works in teacher-based teams and classroom and makes connections to statewide school-improvement efforts.

Also visit to see other online learning resources that support the development of effective leaders and collaborative teams.

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