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
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom

For many of us who grew up before computers and smart phones, maybe even video games, imagination and play were a simple part of life.

At a young age we built forts in the woods and were pirates or explorers. We had battles with snowballs. We played sandlot baseball or driveway basketball, imagining being the next Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan.

Board games let players be a real estate developer and stack up properties and cash in Monopoly or become characters in fantastic realms in Dungeons & Dragons.

For others, with noses buried in books, children got lost in Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boy mysteries or the Boxcar Children, building worlds using their imaginations.

Today, however, children and teens spend 7 hours and 38 minutes each day using entertainment media, according to a 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation study. And when multitasking is factored in, the amount of time rises by more than 3 hours.

Add in that education encourages teaching facts and figures and society isn’t giving the next generation a lot of opportunities to develop its imagination.

Author J.K. Rowling, who used her imagination to develop the world of Harry Potter, attributed imagination as “the foundation of all invention and innovation.”

A post by Linda Flanagan on the Mind/Shift blog offers some suggestions for encouraging imagination in older students.

The key, she writes, referencing researcher Wendy Ostroff, is to avoid siphoning the fun out of learning. Going to school shouldn’t require students to have to sacrifice fun to learn.

For example, encourage students through collaborative storytelling. The teacher begins a story or poem, writing it on a piece of paper and passes it to a student, who adds to it and then passes it on. The next student adds to the story but before passing it along, folds the paper so the next student can only see the one addition prior. 

This kind of impromptu storytelling, with its unpredictable outcome, keeps students engaged and thinking creatively,” Flanagan writes.

See Flanagan’s other tips at ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2018/02/01/how-to-help-older-kids-develop-a-sense-of-imagination.

None of Flanagan’s tips advocate eliminating technology. One even encourages an exercise using Google.

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, suggests encouraging children to create their own media.

Christine Elgersma provides numerous ways that young people can be creative via storytelling, filmmaking, artistry, music and even coding.

Check out her suggestions and links at https://tinyurl.com/ydy43y6r.

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
2017 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
2017 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
Alexa Long, a senior at Circleville High School, was selected as the 2017 Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award recipient.
Read about Alexa here.

ESC News and Updates
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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:

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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 as well as registration information, click on the "Downloads / Links" tab.  Then,  look for the links to the two universities under the "Educational Websites" section. 
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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.  
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