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OFT Resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

OFT is committed to sharing information and resources that can help our members understand the public health situation and advocate for our safety and rights at work and for our students’ safety and educational needs. Throughout this page, you will find links to resource pages from trustworthy agencies and organizations. See the table of contents below to find the information you’re looking for.

Range-finding Committees for English Language Arts

Range-finding committees are necessary whenever a test contains “open-ended” questions which for ELA are essays. Using sample student responses, these committees establish the range of acceptable responses, from no credit to partial credit, to complete credit. Range-finding committees make recommendations to the Department to ensure all written-response test questions are scored accurately, fairly, and consistently.

Ohio Dyslexia Committee Defines “Appropriate Certification”

On January 9, 2021, Governor DeWine signed into law HB 436, which created a number of requirements to support educating dyslexic students.  A Dyslexia Committee was established.  Two of the tasks of the Committee are to: prescribe the number of clock hours of dyslexia-related professional development required for teachers; and phase in over three years dyslexia-related professional development requirements for public school teachers.
The Committee has established the definition of “appropriate certification” in dyslexia education.  Read below for more information, including the details of the definition, the charge of the committee, and answers to questions about what is required of teachers.

Resources from Ohio Leadership Advisory Council – Fall 2021

The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) is a partnership between the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio Department of Education. Their goal is to provide educators - no matter their role - with the structures and resources they need to develop shared and effective leadership at every level. OFT is an OLAC partner organization. Here are OLAC resources and updates for Fall 2021:

Teach It Online Now: A New, On-Demand Course

Created for educators by educators (and other instructional experts), Teach It Online Now (TION) is a new, on-demand course designed to help educators develop the tools, techniques, and skills to more effectively engage, inspire, and teach online. The course includes 16 self-paced modules and there’s an opportunity to earn credit.

Distance Learning Resources

The OFT recognizes that many of our members are working harder than ever and, at the same time, more frustrated than ever with the great demands and lack of supports to get the work done.  Remote/distance learning is a source of the frustration. Many of our members found themselves in the situation having to deliver instruction remotely with minimal, if any, professional development.

OTES 2.0 Presentation from OFT, OEA and ODE

We recently co-hosted a webinar, along with Ohio Education Association and Ohio Department of Education, to provide training designed to help teachers understand the changes to evaluation when OTES (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System) 2.0 is implemented.
We're making this recording, and associated materials, available here and on our website. If you are an OFT member and you have questions about OTES 2.0, please email us at