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  • April 24, 2020 8:31 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    To keep eductaors connected, Interactive Media IT instructors are invited to join the following virtual meetup (if you would like to host a meetup on another topic, please contact

    Imagining and Creating New Worlds from Home

    Description Using the Disney Imagineering/Khan Academy's "Imagineering in a Box" curriculum together with Google Classroom to engage Interactive Media students in the process of creating a theme park land, an attraction for the land and characters, all from their home during the current shelter-in-place. The class includes access to a few extra files to help make this a collection of immediately usable CTE lessons.

    Tony Eallonardo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Imagining and Creating New Worlds from Home

    Time: Apr 30, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 973 3170 7450

    Password: 8m5sZu

    I’ve attached an ICS file that will add the info automatically to your Outlook calendar.

    Google calendar link:

    Yahoo calendar link:

    Tony Eallonardo

    IT Academy Lead Teacher

    Visual Communication and Design Instructor, Pickaway Ross Career & Technology Center

  • April 24, 2020 8:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Department also issued a statement advising against in-person graduation and end-of-year recognition ceremonies to ensure the safety and health of students and communities. The full statement is available here.  

    Additionally, new information is available about how schools and service providers might continue to reach students by way of telehealth options. Increased flexibility is available to assist providers in offering continuation of services to students while maintaining safe social distances.

    Finally, updated information about changes to certain state tests has become available. As such, the Department has posted the latest information on its coronavirus webpage devoted to state testing.

  • April 21, 2020 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    Governor DeWine announced April 20 that K-12 schools in Ohio will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

    "We balanced many issues in arriving at this decision. In the end, I believe this is what is best to protect the health of our children, our teachers, and our administrators," said Governor DeWine. "While our buildings are closed, we know that students continue to learn in new and innovative ways. I thank all of our teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents for all they have done and will continue to do in these challenging times."

    At this time, no decisions have been made regarding whether or not schools will reopen in the fall. 

  • April 18, 2020 10:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On April 16th, 2020 the Ohio Director of Health suspended portions of the Ohio Administrative Code as it pertains to licensed NATCEPs (Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Programs) in Ohio. The suspensions will be dated from March 9th, 2020 when the Emergency was declared and will remain in place throughout the declared State of Emergency in Ohio due to the COVID-19 response.  These rules are only suspended, not changed. Access the memo, click here.

  • April 15, 2020 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education has created a resource to supply information from credential vendors and state licensing agencies with respect to granting flexibility regarding deadlines, timelines, proctoring of exams, and other requirements for each industry-recognized credential.

    Schools are invited to share information and updates from credential vendors, provide feedback, ask questions, and express concerns by contacting the Ohio Department of Education at A new version will be posted as updates are provided and will be highlighted within the document.

    Industry Credential Vendor Flexibility Information and Guidance

    Click here for the ODE Website with more information

  • April 13, 2020 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    As more details become available, the Ohio Department of Education continues to update its website with information related to the ordered school-building closure.

    Information on the Grading, Promotion and Retention webpage is intended to help educators and school administrators with questions about how to handle student grades, as well as promotion and retention of students from one grade level to the next in light of the ordered school-building closure.

    New updates to the Whole-Child Nutrition document provide information on how those programs can continue to provide food to students during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Finally, a new question has been added to our Frequently Asked Questions page to reflect inquiries about whether schools should adjust their calendars due to the ordered school-building closure.

  • April 10, 2020 9:41 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Departments of Education and Higher Education worked closely with  stakeholders to ensure that secondary career technical education students remain eligible for the Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAG)  credit they would have earned had WebXams been available. Please see the attached guidance for CTAG Credit for students who will not be able to complete the WebXam associated with their secondary career technical courses.

    Click here for the document or here for the PDF version: WebXam Alternative.pdf

  • April 06, 2020 1:24 PM | Anonymous


    • For the latest information from ODE, visit
    • The Ohio ACTE News page is kept up to date with information career-tech educators need to know.  Click here to be taken to the list of articles.
    • SUCCESS Webinars for CTE Teachers – Because it’s important to stay connected, Ohio ACTE is looking for teachers willing to be the online host for career field-specific webinars for sharing ideas.  Both OACTS and Ohio CCS are working with Ohio ACTE on this venture.  Email for more information and if you are interested in hosting.
    • Career-tech associations continue to work for educators and students, including focusing on solutions for students, especially regarding credentials and licensing.  We have been working with the Ohio Department of Education and Office of CTE as well as Ohio Department of Higher Education to represent the interest of career-tech educators and students.

    Ohio ACTE Members:

    Thank you for everything you do for your students and your community!  These are trying times - not only are you dealing with the COVID-19 situation on a personal level, but continuing student engagement and education during this closure is challenging, especially with little or no notice to prepare.   Thank you for meeting the challenges and your continued resiliency and creativity, and a special thank you to those schools who were able to donate personal protective equipment and other supplies to their local medical facilities. It was mentioned several times in social media by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and other stakeholders, as well as during two of Governor DeWine’s Press Conferences. 

    The situation is ever-changing and every day there is more guidance and information available.  Both the Ohio ACTE News Blog and the Ohio Department of Education website are two great places to stay up to date.  

    While you continue to focus on your students during this extended school closing, the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education leadership, in conjunction with our partners Ohio Association for Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS) and Ohio Association of Comprehensive and Compact Career-Technical Schools (CCS), continues to work on behalf of the career-technical and adult education community. 

    We remain in contact with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the DeWine-Husted Administration to make sure career-technical and adult education concerns are addressed as plans move forward with dealing with the current crisis, as well as plans post COVID-19.   At the same time, Ohio ACTE is monitoring and working with our partners on the implementation of House Bill 197.

    Here are the latest updates:

    Ohio ACTE Actions

    • Ohio ACTE website updated with an easy to find link to ODE’s guidance on COVID-19, and continually post news items on the news blog and use social media to share information and updates from ODE.
    • Provide feedback and work with our colleagues at ODE, Office of CTE, on issues and concerns, including graduation requirements, credentials and other issues created by the current school closure.  Getting students the credentials they need to be college and career ready remains a number one priority.
    • Upon the issuance of Governor DeWine’s March 16 school closure order, Ohio ACTE, CCS and OACTS immediately communicated specific career-tech concerns with the Administration and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) leadership via conference calls and written memoranda.    We continue to have weekly calls for updates and to share concerns.  These calls include other educational association leaders, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and senior ODE staff.  Calls have also included members of the Governor’s staff.
    • In support of Gov. DeWine, Ohio ACTE issued a statement regarding the school closure order and a message to members.
    • Ohio ACTE issued a press release on career-technical program donations of crucial equipment and other supplies to local medical facilities.
    • Ohio ACTE continues to share information and circulate information from ODE and others via social media and its website.

    State Actions

    • ODE has issued general and specific guidance for schools and teachers and provides updates as available.  ODE created a special webpage for disseminating important information, including video messages from Superintendent DeMaria.
    • On March 25, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation (House Bill 197) to address issues impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The bill provides many educational changes to minimize  detrimental impacts of school closures on CTE students, including provisions that Ohio ACTE advocated. Ohio ACTE will continue to work with our legislators and state staff on implementation details, and we will ensure the continued communication of any and all CTE-related concerns.
    • The United States Department of Education and other agencies are working with states in allowing flexibility, including extending deadlines and providing temporary waivers.  Examples include school nutrition flexibility and allowing meal service.

    National Action

    Be sure and check the Ohio Department of Education COVID-19 webpage for continuing updates.

    For health-related questions regarding COVID-19, contact the Ohio Department of Health’s call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

    Ohio ACTE encourages members to check for updates from the CDC  and the Ohio Department of Health.

  • April 03, 2020 4:29 PM | Anonymous

    One of Ohio’s top priorities in the context of the impact of the ordered school-building closure period is to ensure students can reasonably graduate at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. During these unprecedented times, it is necessary to provide flexibility in meeting graduation requirements.  This flexibility will ensure the thousands of graduation-ready students are able to receive diplomas and successfully transition to college, the workforce, the military or a self-sustaining vocation.  

    The Department released an information document, found here, to help guide schools and districts as they prepare to graduate students this spring. Please contact Graham Wood at with any questions.

  • April 03, 2020 8:28 AM | Anonymous

     As families and educators settle in to a new and different way of teaching and learning, the Ohio Department of Education applauds your efforts and thanks you for all you are doing to rise to the challenges we all are facing.

    In a continuing effort to provide updated information regarding Ohio’s coronavirus-related school-building closure, the Ohio Department of Education today released important new documents, family and educator resources and updates related to the following subject areas:

    Remote Learning Resource Guide
    A new Remote Learning Resource Guide is available to assist parents, families, caregivers and educators as they navigate the world of remote learning during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure.

    State Testing
    With the passage of HB 197 and the approval of federal waiver requests, new information about State Testing during the Ordered School-Building Closure has been made available to help explain the latest developments.

    Early Learning and School Readiness
    A new document has been posted to help explain how Early Learning and School Readiness efforts are impacted by the coronavirus-related closures and changes.

    Community Schools
    As community schools navigate what the school-building closure order means for them, new information regarding Considerations for Community Schools and Sponsors has been posted.

    Whole-Child Nutrition Updates
    As many schools continue to provide meals to students during this time, we are committed to updating our available information on this topic as new details emerge. A new memo regarding Area Eligibility Policy was issued to provide additional direction to food sites. And important updates about new waivers has been added to the Emergency Feeding Application Process for Schools and Sponsors document.

    We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available so please keep checking back at


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