Milford School District is proactive and conservative in how it runs its business

Last week was the annual Ohio School Board Association conference. One of the “hot topics” was whether or not the Ohio legislature would be passing “alternative pathways” for students in the Class of 2019 to graduate. Continue reading

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Highlights from 7/19/18 school board meeting

District implements new strategic plan, Portrait of a Graduate
Worried about job loss to Artificial Intelligence?
Superintendent’s Report
No Athletic/Extracurricular reports in July

Here are the highlights from the July 19, 2018 school board meeting: Continue reading

District implements new strategic plan, Portrait of a Graduate

A strategic plan is important to school districts, just as it is for businesses, providing the guidance to ensure the district is providing the programs and services required to prepare our graduates for success in a rapidly changing world. Since the district has not updated the strategic plan since 2009, it was time to revisit where we’re going and how to get there. Continue reading

Milford HS to eliminate class rank, Valedictorian/Salutatorian

Beginning with the Class of 2022 (this year’s freshmen), Milford High School will no longer be reporting class rank, unless it is specifically requested by a college or other institution. This decision was made following extensive research re: what colleges are looking for; what other school districts are doing; and how our students and parents feel about various factors in the educational process. Continue reading

Teenage brains are still developing

Along the same lines as the Business Advisory Council’s work on later school start times: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London, has released recent research on the myriad changes that take place in the teenage brain. Continue reading

Highlights from 3/15/18 school board meeting

WOW! This is not from our school board meeting, but it’s breaking news – Ripple, a company that uses blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to make international payments faster, lower cost, and more reliable, has donated $29 million to DonorsChoice.org to fund every single one of the more than 35,000 classroom projects posted! Thank you, Ripple, for helping over a million students around the country!

 

Resolution Supporting School Safety
Resolution Opposing HB 512 (Consolidating the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation into a new state agency called the Department of Learning and Achievement)
Increase learning by taking notes by hand

Here are the highlights from the 3/15/18 school board meeting: Continue reading

Increase learning by taking notes by hand

How often do you write these days? I type almost everything, to the point where my handwriting (which was never exceptional) has gotten noticeably worse.

Yet while typing may be convenience (and necessary) in the business world, is it the best course for students who are working to learn and retain information? Perhaps not, according to a study published in Psychological Science. Continue reading