Want to have parent handouts on timely topics?

The department has prepared a series of sample newsletter articles for parents that you may wish to personalize for your school. The Principals’ Toolkit site the short articles feature topics such as How to Help Struggling Math Students, What is the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and Understanding the New Learning Standards.

Scholastic BookFlix addresses early literacy and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

This new online literacy resource, offered through INFOhio, pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction e-books. The combination of read-aloud stories with read-along nonfiction builds phonemic awareness; develops phonics decoding skills; and strengthens vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Many of the nonfiction titles are linked to learning standards in science, mathematics and social studies. Lexile scores are included. Learn more about BookFlix by clicking the Resources link in the upper right corner.

Here’s how to set up home access password for INFOhio resources 

At school, students and teachers are automatically connected to INFOhio’s resources such as BookFlix. To use them from home, they need a username and password. Stipulations in the licensing agreements with the resource publishers do not allow INFOhio to post the username and password electronically, but you can request the statewide username and password at In addition, most school systems have applied for their own username and password, which you can get from your school library media specialist or INFOhio provider at the district’s Information Technology Center (ITC).  

Check out this social media site just for Ohio educators

You do a lot for your students. Take some time to recharge your own batteries with like-minded professionals around the state. The Knowledge Building Community, or KBC, is a free online community that lets you share ideas on education trends and techniques. Whether you want to compare ideas on the ramifications of the Common Core or just share tips for innovative ways to teach Ohio history, you can find one of the more than 40 existing groups to help. Or you can start one of your own.

3 thoughts on “Resources

  1. How do I find an ODE approved scientificall reseach-based reading instruction program to update credentials for the Third Grade Guarantee

    • ODE will be releasing a list in March, along with the criteria used to select programs, and a form which teachers may use to submit other programs they would like the ODE to consider. We’ll notify Tools for Teachers readers when this list is available. Thanks for writing.

    • ODE expects to release a preliminary list of such programs by Monday, March 25. We will release a link to that list in this publication as soon as it becomes available. We’ll release a finalized list in April and will also notify Tools for Teachers readers of the availability of that list.

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