CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) - Superintendents from four northeast Ohio counties were honored Tuesday at the Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education's fourth annual Excellence in Education luncheon at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield.
Thirty-five school districts throughout Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties were
recognized for receiving an "A" in Value Added, Performance Index and/or Standards Met on the Ohio
Department of Education Report Card. Maplewood Local School District received a special recognition, sponsored by the Kent State University Trumbull campus, for receiving "A's" in all three categories.
The Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education and the Turning Foundation (Turning Technologies) also recognized two area teachers for their innovation in education. The winners were: Carrie Sinkele, an engineering teacher at Chaney High School, and Charmayne Polen, an English teacher at Trumbull Career and Technical Center.
According to Sinkele's nomination form, she uses the Project Lead the Way Curriculum, which is a national standards-based program that incorporates project-based learning with cutting edge software and equipment. Right now, her students are designing and building bird houses, but a future project will have them designing, building and racing cars that are powered by carbon dioxide.
Under Sinkele's guidance, the school has added the INVENTORcloud program to its curriculum, which allows students to design and create using software on Chaney's computers but produce what they have created using equipment housed at the vocational school. She also is the school's robotics instructor.
According to Polen's nomination form, during her 11-year tenure at the TCTC, she has tutored 47 students who were in need of remediation to pass the reading or writing sections of the Ohio Graduation Test and all of them passed the exam.
The nomination form gave the following examples of Polen's innovation with her students:
- Students participate each year with the opportunity to write and publish their own novel. Most years between two and five students publish their own novel, but more than 50 meet the minimum requirement of writing at least 50,000 words.
- Polen wrote a proposal to the TCTC school director to pilot the initial iPad pilot program at the school. She researched extensively to find the best ways to integrate technology into the common core standards.Students in her class use the iPad technology to create presentations and visual displays using apps such as iMovie, BookCreator, PosterMaker. The purpose is to teach critical thinking skills and productive ways to use technology instead of merely for entertainment.
- Has a classroom Twitter account where she communicates with students and posts assignments and interesting resources available to students.
- Uses Google Drive to allow for student collaboration when writing and researching. Students can share documents with each other and can all work on the same document at the same time.
- Polen operates a paperless classroom where students have constant access to the resources used in class.
- Students have the opportunity to work on a project connected with their career/technical program area during the "genius hour." They incorporate social media in their final product by blogging, tweeting or creating Pinboards throughout the year. This connects them to real world audiences and authentic learning experiences.
- Created an iTunes U course for students in the dual credit writing class through Youngstown State University. Students have access to all the essays, texts, writing assignments and resources for the course on the class iPads.
- Uses the Remind 101 app to send text reminders to parents and students about upcoming events in class as well as assignment reminders.
The guest speaker was Greg Darnieder, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's senior advisor on the
College Access Initiative since 2009. YSU President Dr. Randy Dunn also spoke at the event.
Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education is a non-profit organization serving all students in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The Partnership is a network of cross-sector community leaders from the education, business, faith-based, social service, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors committed to providing every child in Eastern Ohio with a quality education.
In spring 2009, 75 leaders created a cradle to career partnership in order to foster significantly better outcomes for students at each educational level
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