The University of Dayton is unveiling their new RiverMobile, a mobile learning studio that puts the region's five rivers on 18 wheels.
RiverMobile is a traveling exhibit converted from a semi-trailer that highlights one of our greatest local resources, the Great Miami River watershed. the mobile unit was built by students in the University's Rivers Institute, and local donors provided a lot of support for the project. It's being unveiled this morning as part of the sixth-annual River Summit at the University of Dayton River Campus.
Ohio's state school board has picked a top education adviser to Republican Gov. John Kasich as the new superintendent of public instruction. Richard Ross was selected over Acting Superintendent Michael Sawyers on Tuesday by a 10-6 vote of the State Board of Education. Democrats are blasting the choice of Ross, who has worked closely with Gov. Kasich on his budget and other education policy. But Ross says he's been hired by the state school board now, and is not an agent of the governor.
On Tuesday, Education stakeholders around the Miami Valley gathered to talk about how to better prepare youngsters for their first year at school, and as to find ways to help build skills children need to be successful later in life.
Yesterday’s Kindergarten Readiness Summit really grew out of the Common Core State Standards initiative - a state-led effort that establishes educational standards for K through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. It’s a voluntary program but 45 states have signed on to it so far.
Some Ohio schools have decided that federal Race to the Top education grants aren't worth it.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that some 80 school districts and charter schools across the state have backed out of the grant program after winning money. Some withdrew quickly after deciding requirements were too costly, while others who have been receiving money are starting to pull out.
Schools say new teacher evaluations tied to the grant money add to the costs.