Eye on Education

The Variance of the Definitions of Bullying

The word “bullying” is consistently used in education and parenting circles. But as EdWeek reports, experts differ on how to properly define the word, saying that many of the most influential studies don’t have a consistent definition or way of measurement. This can also leave parents in the dark.

“There’s a tremendous disconnect between how the term is used colloquially by students, teachers, and parents, and how researchers and advocacy types define it,” sociologist David Finkelhor told the publication.

One of the biggest challenges for those who seek to end bullying among students has been defining exactly what “bullying” is. Even as efforts to address the behavior have moved to the front burner of child well-being initiatives in recent years, researchers and educators say that major studies have relied on inconsistent definitions and methods of measuring its prevalence.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Reynoldsburg Teachers Head Back To Work After 15-Day Strike

Teachers in Reynoldsburg will move back into their classrooms today after both the district and union signed off on a three-year contract Thursday. The pact continues automatic annual raises that district officials had originally proposed eliminating, and awards eligible teachers with additional merit pay. Group health insurance, which would also have been eliminated under the district’s original proposal, is likewise preserved. A third major sticking point – whether or not to restrict class sizes – was resolved with both sides agreeing to “aspirational” goals but not hard limits. Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

Reynoldsburg teachers have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new contract this afternoon, another step toward ending the strike that began on Sept. 19. The Reynoldsburg Board of Education is to meet at 6:30 pm to vote on the contract.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Majority of Millennials Are Underemployed

About 66 percent of millennials don’t have a college degree. But as WBUR reports, that majority is often depicted as a minority. A study from Pew Research Center says that millennials who have college degrees make about $17,500 more than their counterparts who have strictly a high school diploma.

“There’s been a lot of attention paid to the adversities facing college-educated millennials, but generally the college-educated young adults, they’re doing better than earlier generations of college-educated young adults,” said Pew’s Richard Fry told WBUR.

Millennials are often mocked as Starbucks baristas with Ivy League educations. And while they are the best-educated generation to date, data from the Pew Research Center show about two-thirds of millennials between ages 25 and 32 lack a bachelor’s degree. That majority is often ignored in conversations about millennials.

Read more at: www.npr.org

The Woz’s Thoughts on Education


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Steve Wozniak is known for many things: being one of the founders of Apple, inventing the Apple II computer, riding Segways.

And now add another subject to that list: talking about the importance of properly integrating technology and education.

ideastream’s Brian Bull caught up with him recently in Cleveland, where Wozniak touched on that subject.

“Technology is the essential and most important academic tool that we’ve ever had in our history,” Wozniak told Bull. “Has it made kids, students, learn more and come out smarter and better thinkers?  That’s the funny thing, I have to say “no” to that.”

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Columbus City School Asks Employees to Return Bonuses

The fallout from the Columbus City Schools data scrubbing scandal continues. The Columbus Dispatch reports nearly 600 district employees will have to repay close to $400,000 in bonuses received for the 2010-11 school year. Officials say the bonuses’ gains were based on data school administrators had manipulated. More than 400 employees, mostly teachers, will have to repay.

The Columbus school district will take back about $400,000 in bonuses from nearly 600 employees that were awarded, but not honestly earned, for the 2010-11 school year. The 592 current and former employees were notified by letter today that because the Ohio Department of Education recently recalculated report cards from that school year and found that some Columbus schools hadn’t made the progress they previously had reported, they’ll have to repay the money.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Blended Learning Expanding In Mentor, With The Help Of A State Grant


Bill Rice

At Ridge Middle School in Mentor, a class of 7th grade English students gears up for a quiz.  They’ve been studying Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the short story from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and their teacher, Stephanie Dwyer, wants to get a read on their comprehension of the text.

It takes a few minutes to set it up.  The students have to put their names into the digital roster for their answers to register.

“You have 30 seconds,” she coaxes over the din of conversation.

This quiz is unlike the quiz of just a few short years ago.  It has the feel of a game show.

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In The Midst of Teacher Strike, Reynoldsburg Turns to Technology

Teachers from Southern Ohio’s Reynoldsburg School District have been on strike for nearly three weeks. Students are still attending classes led by substitute teachers, and as our partners at WOSU report, an increased reliance on technology. High school students have been receiving instruction from school-provided computer tablets as negotiations with the district’s full-time teachers continue.

During the strike, Reynoldsburg administrators have relied more on computers in classrooms to keep students learning. The district scrambled to purchase enough computer tablets to supply each high school student. For nearly three weeks, Reynoldsburg teachers have walked picket lines. But schools remain open, thanks to substitute teachers and technology.

Read more at: wosu.org

Ohio Schools Administer First Round of Third-Grade Reading Guarantee Tests

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Third grade students and teachers around the state may be more stressed than usual this week because they’re dealing with the test that will determine if they move on to fourth grade next year.

This is the first round of testing in the third-grade reading guarantee for this school year.

And John Charlton with the Ohio Department of Education reminded nervous students, teachers and parents that this is an end-of-year test, so it’s not a big deal if kids don’t pass this first time.

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Former Chardon Schools Superintendent On School Safety, Preparedness

It’s been nearly three years since student TJ Lane shot six people at Chardon High School, killing three.

Joe Bergant was superintendent of Chardon schools during that time. Since retiring in 2013, he’s been advocating for school safety, as he did at a Ohio School Boards Association conference last week.

Earlier this week, he told ideastream’s Tony Ganzer that part of his own recovery efforts after the shooting has been promoting school disaster preparedness.

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Fewer Ohio Students Take The SAT


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Three letters have been a rite of passage for many college-bound high schoolers: SAT.

And while nationally, the traditional college entrance exam is seeing an increase of test takers, Ohio has experienced the opposite.

Roughly 19,000 members of the state’s Class of 2014 took the test– a 16 percent drop compared to the year before.

The decrease could be due to the declining number of high school seniors and the popularity of a rival exam, the ACT, which recently surpassed the SAT

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