MANSFIELD -- Lynn Meister, director of teaching and learning, gave a presentation Wednesday to the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, updating the work of her department.
Meister introduced the newest teaching and learning/gifted team members to the board: Jacqueline Robbeloth, Ally Schleichert, and Lisa Walter.
Meister said the teaching and learning department experienced a significant increase in services from the 2020/2021 school year to the 2021/2022 school year.
In just one year, contracts for services have more than doubled, moving from five districts last year to more than 10 districts this school year.
In addition, the team’s supports and services have become more diversified, focusing on state-supported and district-specific needs in Mathematics, English/Language Arts, and explicit instruction.
Meister reviewed highlights of the gifted team’s critical work providing direct service to districts, including the addition of a new district, online professional development, book studies, and numerous student events.
The team offers virtual book studies on gifted topics during the school year. Because of their popularity, the fall and winter book studies will register more than 100 participants. Gifted student events range from Academic Challenge for grades 4 – 12 to county Spelling Bees and “Artapolooza” in early April, an exhibition of students’ art from three counties.
Meister’s final guest was Lisa Cook, director of the comprehensive literacy state development grant. She explained the grant’s latest project titled “Launching Into Literacy” for in-depth family engagement at the elementary school level. Each child’s family will receive a literacy book bag with books and parent-friendly activities. The book bag is replenished each month throughout the school year with new books and family engagement ideas.
In miscellaneous business, the offices at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 29.
The December meeting will take place on Dec. 15 at noon. The board set the date for the organizational meeting which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at noon within the January regular meeting to follow.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 11 school districts and over 18,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland counties. Client districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.