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  • July 31, 2018 11:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Across Ohio, hundreds of teachers are using crowdfunding – online fundraising – to generate donations to provide materials to enhance the educational experience of their students. A new report and survey from Auditor of State Dave Yost found that many school districts do not have policies to guide teachers and administrators on how to use crowdfunding properly. The report provides best practices for districts considering these policies.

    Every school year, teachers dig into their own pockets to buy educational supplies to enhance the teaching they do in their classrooms. By one estimate, teachers spend an average of $600 a year of their own money to buy things that school districts and parents don’t or can’t provide for students. This ranges from basics such as notebooks and pencils to specialized furniture designed to help special-needs students focus on learning.

    It is a credit to Ohio’s teachers that they are willing to make a significant financial sacrifice for their students. But these sacrifices can do only so much. Consequently, teachers have turned to crowdfunding websites to seek donations of money and educational materials, and local school officials have asked Auditor Yost’s office for guidance to keep teachers and administrators from inadvertently making a misstep.

    “With an increase in donor-directed charitable donations, there’s no question more Ohioans will use these online giving tools in the future to invest in areas that are important to them,” Auditor Yost said. “Because children are our greatest resource, I expect we’ll see increasing requests for donations to education-related issues, and schools need policies to avoid any issues.”

    Auditor Yost added: “While crowdfunding can be an important source of funds and materials to enhance learning, it also comes with some risks. Adopting a crowdfunding policy can help school district administrators and teachers avoid these risks. Many school districts have policies in place, but our survey found that many do not.”

    About a fifth – 123 – of Ohio’s school districts responded to the Auditor’s crowdfunding survey. Of these, fewer than half – 50 school districts – have a crowdfunding policy in place, while the majority did not. If this proportion applies to the rest of Ohio’s 600-plus school districts, it would mean that hundreds of districts lack these policies.

    Dozens of online crowdfunding sites exist, a number of them specifically designed to help teachers. One well-known site called DonorsChoose says that it has helped with 600,000 classroom projects that have raised $621 million from almost 3 million individual and corporate donors. Other familiar crowdfunding sites include AdoptAClassroom, ClassWish, EdBacker, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, PledgeCents, and YouCaring.

    The risks of crowdfunding include compromising student confidentiality, diversion of donations for private use, inviting federal or state scrutiny of educational programs and bad publicity for the school district if a crowdfunding campaign is mishandled.

    The report outlines these dangers, suggests ways to mitigate them and urges school districts to work with legal counsel to craft policies to ensure that districts, teachers, students and donors all are well-served.

    “These guidelines for crowdfunding will be of great value to me as I support teachers and employees who pursue supplemental funding for our students,” said Dan Wilson, treasurer of both the Mentor Village schools and Kirtland Local schools in Northeast Ohio. “Using these guidelines will ensure compliance with federal and state regulations as well as assuring the donations will support the intended students.”

    Wilson was one of the financial officers in Ohio who asked Auditor Yost for guidance. 

    “As a member of the Auditor of State Regional Advisory Council, I appreciate Mr. Yost's willingness to consider and follow up on input from local governments,” Wilson said.  

    Auditor Yost’s report said crowdfunding policies should:

    • Require that all crowdfunding campaigns be reviewed and approved by a designated school administrator.
    • Direct the designated administrator to ensure that the proposed crowdfunding campaign does not violate any federal or state law, including those governing the confidentiality of student information.
    • Ensure that the campaign seeks donations that comport with the district’s education philosophy, needs and technical infrastructure.
    • Designate which crowdfunding services can be used by teachers. These should be services that send donations directly to the school to ensure that they are not diverted or misused.
    • Require that district officials determine if participation with a given crowdfunding site obligates the school district to assume any responsibility to file government-required reports of charitable activities.
    • Require that donations be used for the stated purpose.
    • Mandate that no donations be accepted without school board approval.
    • Establish that all crowdfunding donations are the property of the school district, to be entered promptly into the district property inventory or deposited in district bank accounts so that they are subject to normal financial oversight and auditing.

    A full copy of this report is available online.

  • July 03, 2018 12:18 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE Assembly of Delegates

    Meeting Notice

    The Assembly of Delegates Meeting will take place during the 2018 Ohio ACTE  Annual Connections to Education Conference

    July 23: 3:00 pm

    Hilton Easton, Columbus

    Click here for more information and Delegate Counts per Division


  • June 05, 2018 12:36 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Ean Boecker of Vantage Career Center, this year's Conference Program Design Contest winner! 



    With the guidance  of his Interactive Media Instructor, Jill DeWert, Ean's cover was selected out of more than 50 other entries.  He will be returning as a senior to Interactive Media next year.  His design will be featured on the cover of the printed program distributed to all attendees at the 2018 Connections to Education Conference, July 23-35, Hilton Easton.

    Congratulations to Ean and all of the staff at Vantage Career Center! 

    For more information on the 2018 Connections to Education Conference July 23-25 at the Hilton Easton, Columbus, please click here.


    2018 Conference Program Cover Contest Winner Chosen!

  • June 05, 2018 12:29 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    2018 Student Scholarship Winners

    Out of more than 225 entries, Mackenzie Hudock of Tolles Career and Technical Center and Emily Forsthoefel of Tri Star Career Compact were chosen as the 2018 Darrell Parks Student Scholarship Recipients!

    Mackenzie Hudock, Tolles Career and Technical Center

    Mackenzie Hudock completed the art designs and communications program at  Tolles Career and Technical Center. During high school, Mackenzie was the Marketing and Communications Officer for Interact Club, where she was in charge of sending out all email communications, updating Social Media pages, and she took part in many service projects. She was also a member of National Honors Society. In addition, she volunteered as a Reading Buddy with the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Mackenzie will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall and plans on majoring in communication design.


    Emily Forsthoefel, Tri Star Career Compact

    Emily Forsthoefel (pictured here with Brenda Speck, Instructor) graduated from the Tri Star Career Compact MedPrep program. As part of the program, she learned about anatomy and physiology, as well as patient care and leadership. Emily held many positions while in the MedPrep program, including Vice President of SkillsUSA, head nurse for her team, and a supervisor in her class. In addition, she traveled with her classmates to Haiti and helped at a hospital. Emily plans on attending college and majoring in medical imaging and radiology. She hopes to work in the field as an X-Ray Technician and eventually continue her education in ultrasound.


    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates.  The winners are chosen by Dr. Darrell Parks, former director of the ODE Office of CTE and past Executive Director of Ohio ACTE. 

  • May 24, 2018 8:40 AM | Kelsey Kerstetter

    An Aligning Opportunities report done by Team Northeast Ohio found that there is a misalignment in Northeast Ohio regarding skills, education, and training needed to fill high-demand occupations.

    According to Jacob Duritsy, vice president, Strategy and Research for Team NEO, the objective of the findings is to provide secondary and post-secondary educational institutions in Northeast Ohio a tool to help them evaluate (and re-evaluate) their professional and technical education programs. The report also found that manufacturing, IT, and healthcare are the most in-demand sectors, and within the 19 occupation categories studied, only three are aligned with supply and demand.

    Read the full story here.

  • May 15, 2018 11:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    President Donald J. Trump on May 14 announced his intent to nominate the following:

    Scott Stump of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the US Department of Education.

    Stump is the Chief Operating Officer for Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions company based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previously, he served as the Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education with the Colorado Community College System. In 2014, he served as President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium, now called Advance CTE.  Stump holds a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University.

  • May 04, 2018 1:34 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act was introduced April 24 by Sens.  Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc. and Tim Kaine, D-Va.,  Sen. Portman is a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus.

    "Quality CTE teachers play a key role in expanding access to high quality programs and making sure more students and parents recognize the value of a CTE education—all of which helps lead to more and better job opportunities for students," Portman said.

    The bill would create "partnership grants for the preparation of career and technical education teachers" that are open to both mid-career professionals and those seeking initial licensure to teach CTE. They're also open to current educators without subject-matter expertise in CTE.  Program participants would need to commit to working with a mentor teacher for two years, and get continuing professional development for three years. Those who are trained through the grants would have to serve as full-time CTE educators in a "high need" district for at least three years. 

    The legislation would act as an amendment to the Higher Education Act. 

    Click here to read more.


  • May 02, 2018 3:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Ophthalmological Society are partnering once again to offer FREE safety eyewear for students in programs requiring the use of eye protection.  This program is possible as part of a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to  promote eye safety and to encourage students to use protective eyewear in activities outside of the classroom as well.

    Click on this link to be taken to the online order form and note that there is a link in the order form to view eyewear choices:

     http://www.playhardgear.com/applications/acte-and-oos-vocational-application/

    Applications must be completed by May 31, 2018.  Letters will be sent in early June to each applicant to let them know how many pieces of equipment to expect.  Equipment will ship in August to the address provided. 

    In order to participate, schools must agree to provide safety information to students and participate in a survey.  It is open to all schools and is not needs-based.

    Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 200,000 protective eyewear pieces have been distributed.  Programs benefiting from this partnership include: Automotive, BioMedical Science, Arts, Building and Grounds, HVAC, Dental Assisting, and more.

  • May 02, 2018 8:10 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    May 7-11 is In-Demand Jobs Week, when communities, educators and businesses focus on the jobs, industries and skills that currently are driving Ohio’s economy. The week encourages educators, job seekers, and students to all come together to learn more about the many jobs and careers that are in-demand in the state.

    Schools and educators can take part by planning events that inspire students to explore these careers in their local communities. Watch this video to learn more, and visit the In-Demand Jobs Week webpage to find resources, including the planning guide for educators

    Students and their parents, as well as current job-seekers, can also visit the webpage to learn more about the hundreds of in-demand jobs. From accounting to engineering, administrative positions and veterinary technicians, this is a great opportunity to learn what skills and qualifications are needed for different positions and discover new career opportunities you may not have considered before.

    Educators, community members and job-seekers can view all the week's events on the Facebook event page.

  • May 02, 2018 6:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center Superintendent, and Jamey Palma, Career Technical Director at Massillon City Schools will join the Ohio ACTE officer team on Sept. 1, 2018.  Beginning Sept. 1,  Nancy will serve as President Elect for one year, and then President for one year and then Past President of Ohio ACTE.  Jamey will serve a two-year term as Ohio ACTE treasurer.   They join the current Ohio ACTE officers, click here.  

    Terms change Sept. 1, 2018 when Nick Weldy, Miami Valley Career Center Superintendent will become Ohio ACTE President, after serving this year as President Elect.

    Read more about Nancy and Jamey's background here.

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