Ohio teacher shares her experience with online teaching

Last week, Jessica Creager, a high school social studies teacher for Great River Connections Academy, published a piece on the Columbus Moms Blog discussing what it’s like teaching in an online environment. Creager, an experienced classroom teacher before joining Great River six months ago, talks about the transition from a traditional classroom to online and what it has meant to her.

Dayton Early College Academy completes building purchase

The Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) recently purchased the downtown building that currently houses their middle school, which they have leased since 2016. Though no renovation plans are currently in the works, DECA Superintendent Judy Hennessey notes that owning the building makes it more likely they’ll pursue future facility improvements.

Charter schools and content-rich curriculum

In a recent piece, Fordham’s Robert Pondiscio explains that if a knowledge-rich curriculum is your favorite flavor of education reform, school choice is no side issue; it’s a proof point. He discusses the importance of Core Knowledge—especially for disadvantaged students, explains that charter schools are far more likely to adopt Core Knowledge than traditional district schools, and notes several charter schools that have utilized it.

One teacher’s opinion on working for a charter school

Diane Oxley, a kindergarten teacher at Ocean Academy Charter School in New Jersey, recently penned a blog on the National Alliance for Public Charter School’s website about her experience helping to start the first charter school in her county. Oxley, a former traditional public school teacher of ten years, writes about what inspired her to make the change and what she appreciates most about the school. 

Upcoming events

Registration is open for the School Performance Institute’s next workshop (January 24, Columbus), the 2019 Ohio Educational Technology Conference (February 12-14, Columbus), and the 2019 National Charter Schools Conference (June 30-July 3, Las Vegas).

Policy Priority:

Chad Aldis is the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy. In this role, Chad plans and leads Fordham’s Ohio policy, advocacy, and research agenda . He represents the Institute in its work with the media, state and local policy makers, other education reform groups, and the public.

Chad has a strong background in Ohio education policy work having previously served as the…

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Madison Yoder is the communications and policy associate for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Prior to joining Fordham, she served as the communications specialist for an Ohio coalition dedicated to supporting high standards for all Ohio students, regardless of zip codes.

Madison is from a small town in central Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor of arts in English and a minor in Environmental…

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