The OACHE has been working with schools in the region to develop STEM programs and activities, as well as P-16 councils.
After attending meetings yesterday with regional schools discussing some of those very topics, I came back to the office to see an article on a STEM program that is targeting girls.
Project IT Girl is a Texas program that foster’s young women’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program was started with a grant from the National Science Foundation.
You can read the full article here.
The 2009-10 FAFSA forms are now available. You may download both an English and Spanish version of the paper FAFSA at the link below:
The FAFSA worksheets are available in color or black/white at the following link: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/before012.htm
Also, check out the new option for students with limited internet access needing to file their FAFSA:
New FAFSA Filing Option: FAFSA On The Phone
Federal Student Aid has launched a new initiative that offers
the option for students and parents to complete the FAFSA over the phone. In liew of filing the FAFSA online or mailing in a paper FAFSA, students and parents can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) and file by phone.
As noted in the information at this link, Federal Student Aid is rolling out this project in a controlled pilot in three states -- West Virginia, Indiana, and Rhode Island. However, any student fitting the description for this project is welcome to use this option. OACHE is happy to assist in making students aware of this option so that the number of paper FAFSA’s filed in those states may be reduced.
And, for advisors, the final PDF of the 2009-10 Counselors and Mentors Handbook has been posted at http://www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/ (the link to the handbook is on the home page, under the heading "Counselor Resources").
Since the use of technology and social networks expands more everyday, we decided to "test the waters" with our own pages in the social network arena.
We have some past videos and a few videos currently being produced that we’ll be posting soon, but if you have suggestions of something you’d like to see or hear about, or perhaps a video clip of your own you would like us to post on our site, let us know.
I recently had the pleasure of viewing more than 50 quilts of Nina Maxine Green Groves. Maxine’s quilts have been featured in numerous newspapers, magazine articles and exhibitions throughout the tri-state area and served as the inspiration for the "Quilt Barn Project," where painted replicas of quilt squares are placed on barns throughout southern Ohio. My pictures do not do justice to the wonderful artistry involved in Maxine’s quilts; I encourage you to visit the exhibit on display throughout 2008 in the Bob Evans Farms Homestead Museum in Rio Grande, Ohio.
Donna Sue Groves, Maxine’s daughter, initiated the Quilt Barn Project in Adams County, and although it’s in the early stages, a National quilt Barn Trail (or as some call it, the Clothesline of Quilt Barns) is spreading and now encompasses 16 counties in Ohio. There are 23 states currently participating in their own quilt barn trail projects. It is estimated that over 1500 colorful quilt squares now adorn barns, flood walls, and other significant farm and community buildings. All projects are similar but they are shaped by each community’s own values, vision, heritage, and cultural assets.
One of the big topics in today’s education world is P-16. What does that mean? It is a term used to describe the efforts to connect three largely disconnected levels of education - pre-school, K12, and college. The goal is to create a more integrated, seamless education system, not by creating yet another set of rules and agreements and programs to follow, but to find better ways of making existing programs work together.
Ohio has several P-16 councils in existence and efforts are underway with OACHE’s help to establish some P-16 councils in the rural Appalachian region of Ohio. While OACHE continues to put together resources and information for a page dedicated to P-16 initiatives, you can visit Ohio’s Partnership for Continued Learning to learn more about P-16 efforts in Ohio.