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.
From the Superintendent
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom

Having worked in education all of my career I’m fortunate to be able to look back on experiences I’ve had that have helped me become, at various times, a better teacher, principal and superintendent.

The expression that “experience is the best teacher” is certainly true. Yes, we learn from books but real-life experiences can provide a lifelong lesson.

I remember when I was a new principal I made the mistake of thinking I knew more about teaching than those who had been doing the job longer (and better) than I had.

While evaluating a primary grade teacher, I gave her poor marks for a reading lesson. I then added my expertise about how the lesson would have been better. When we met to review the evaluation, she took me to task. I stood my ground – after all, I was the boss.

The teacher invited me back in to observe her teaching the same lesson but using my suggestions. It was a disaster. I apologized and learned that I could learn from others while I improved my skills.

To quote Confucius: “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

It is a true statement, as I obviously remembered that experiential learning these many years later.

I was fortunate. The primary teacher was willing to speak her mind and I learned from it. But there are other ways to get experience.

In a SmartBrief article, Naphtali Hoff recommends gaining experience quickly by taking advantage of learning opportunities, such as educational conferences.

He also encourages professionals take advantage of a mentor or peer group. “Mentors can cut down the learning curve significantly by offering of their experiences and sharing their views on how they would handle certain situations,” he writes.

And, as I learned from that primary teacher, ask for feedback. Hoff writes that “feedback is critical for the reflective process.”

Read the full article at http://smartbrief.com/original/2017/02/how-gain-more-experience-less-time?utm_source=brief.

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




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:

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 Mar 14 2017
Records Commission
Tue Mar 14 2017
Fri Mar 17 2017
Governing Board meeting
Tue Apr 11 2017
Fri May 5 2017
Governing Board meeting
Tue May 9 2017

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