Pickaway County ESC
The Pickaway County ESC
 
The Pickaway County ESC is a county agency that serves the four school districts in Pickaway County: Circleville City Schools and Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall Local School Districts, and Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center.
 
The ESC provides a variety of services to schools and students.
 
To learn more about those services and the history of educational service centers, click on the "About Our ESC" button at left.
 
 
2016 Summer Workshops
 
To view available 2016 Summer Workshops and Registration Instructions, please click below:
 
 
From the Superintendent
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom

The report cards for the state’s school districts were released last week and the findings raise more questions than they answer.

Schools are graded on six components: achievement, progress, gap closing, graduation rate, K-3 literacy and prepared for success.

But do the report cards truly measure what is taught in schools?

Yes, it’s important for students to achieve a certain reading level by the third grade in order to advance but there are other ways to measure achievement.

In this month’s issue of Educational Leadership, Elizabeth Bondy and Elyse Hambacher write that students need to know that their teachers care about them and one way to do this is through culturally relevant critical teacher care.

This term, “coined by Mari Ann Roberts (2010), is a way of thinking about caring for students as a moral imperative, a way to not only offer warm support, but also take steps toward justice for historically underserved children.”

The authors wrote about observing two fifth-grade teachers whose students performed at a high academic level.

One technique that the teachers employed was encouraging their students – a racially and economically diverse group – to embrace other cultures.

The teachers “recognized that focusing on academics alone wouldn't be sufficient to prepare their students for flourishing lives; learning to respect another's perspective, communicate in different social settings, and persevere in the face of challenges were just as significant as academic performance.”

A similar view is the basis of social-emotional learning. Susanna Palomares, an author who has written extensively on the subject, said that strong social-emotional competencies lead to academic achievement.

Children who are socially and emotionally competent – who manage their own feelings well and who recognize and respond effectively to the feelings of others – are at an advantage in every area of life, whether with family and peer relationships, school, sports or community and organizational pursuits. Children with well-developed social and emotional skills are also more likely to lead happy and productive lives and to master the habits of mind that will assure them personal and career success as adults” (www.innerchoicepublishing.com/resources_SELcompetencies.5.html).

Neither area – social-emotional learning or cultural relevance – are measured by the state but they may be a better indicator of personal growth and future success.

“If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self‑awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you aren't going very far,” said Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ.

Ty Ankrom is superintendent of the Pickaway County Educational Service Center. He can be reached at ty.ankrom@pickawayesc.org.


Past columns

Community Connections
Learn about Pickaway County ESC's partnerships with county schools and its service through the Community Connections page that appears every other month in the Circleville Herald.
 
Click below to see the current and past issues.
 
 
Student News
2016 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
Nathan Reisch, a Westfall Senior, was selected as the 2016 Franklin B. Walter Award recipient.
 
To read about Nathan, click here.
ESC News and Updates
Stand Up for Public Schools
The Ohio School Boards Association posted an article from our Community Connections page as part of their Stand Up For Public Schools effort:

http://www.standupforohiopublicschools.org/volcano-lesson-offers-lava-fun-at-science-fair/
 
Ohio Center for Substitute Teachers
PCESC / OCST partnership provides high quality training for substitute teachers  
Online Graduate Credit Courses
The Pickaway County Educational Service Center is pleased to offer online graduate courses to educators. This service is possible due to a partnership between PCESC and two universities: the University of Phoenix and Ashland University.   To see a listing of the courses available, click on the "Downloads / Links" tab then look for the links under the "Resources" section.  
Satisfaction Surveys Demonstrate Steady Improvement of Services
Biennial Surveys Provide Data for Past Performance and Future Actions  
Directions to Pickaway County ESC

For an interactive map, click on "Read More" below.

 
PCESC Update
The PCESC Update is a bi-monthly newsletter written primarily for ESC staff members.  
Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Pickaway County Educational Service Center is approved by the Ohio Department of Education as a Supplemental Educational Service (SES) provider.  Learn more about SES by clicking on the link.  
Upcoming Events
Governing Board meeting
Tue Oct 11 2016
Governing Board meeting
Tue Nov 8 2016
Governing Board meeting
Tue Dec 13 2016
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