Complexities of Measuring Effectiveness

“Why are there so many different measurers reported for the third grade reading test?

“Why do the Ohio Department of Education and the district report different percentages? Are you trying to hide something?”

“What are the real OAA results?”

These are all quotes that have been sent in my direction – either in person or on social media – from community members about the reporting of third grade reading assessments. These questions provide a great opportunity for conversations – meaningful, honest communications about accountability. Read More

English Language Enrichment Program

Every summer the Hilliard City Schools offer beginning and intermediate English language learners a summer enrichment program. This year there are almost 200 students participating. The curriculum is based on Ohio’s English Language Proficiency Standards. J.W. Reason Teacher Eric Gulley is the summer coordinator. He and the staff put together this video to show a little more about the summer program.

Throwback Thursday…Advice for the Class of 2027!

Following on the heels of Facebook we are posting some throwback Thursday spotlights this summer. Here is a good one filled with lots of great words of wisdom for the little ones in our district!

It’s hard to believe the little ones who will enter kindergarten this fall are part of the graduating class of 2027. Those first days of school bring back so many memories. We asked the J.W. Reason Elementary kindergarten students for some advice. Even before the youngest students walk through our doors they are preparing to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Teacher Tuesdays at the Library

Alton Darby Elementary is holding Teacher Tuesdays at the Hilliard Library. Each Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m. until noon, teachers will be hanging out in the children’s section to connect with our students. Reading and learning to read are problem solving processes that require year round work. These teachers know that inspiring a love for reading is important and they are willing to give up some of their summer to embrace these young readers. You are encouraged to stop by, grab a good book and start reading! Here is the schedule for the rest of the summer. Read More

What’s He Thinking when Buying Eggs?

Just last week I was standing at the grocery, buying eggs, and checking to make sure none of the eggs were broken. While concluding I did in fact have a dozen eggs ready for consumption, a very nice community member, the father of a student in our district, introduced himself to me. We had a pleasant conversation about my first year as superintendent. Towards the end of the conversation he asked, “What would you like to see for next year?” I, of course, entered into a recitation of our district goals. He politely interrupted and said, “I’m not looking for the company line – what areas do you think need to improve?” Read More

Hilliard Davidson Student Works with Supercomputer on Summer Vacation

Sophomore Rachel Jakes from Hilliard Davidson is participating in the Ohio Supercomputer Summer Institute. This is a two-week program that gives gifted Ohio high school students project-based, hands-on learning. Working in small peer teams, the students use supercomputers for practical applications such as solving complex science and engineering problems, conducting network forensics to catch hackers, studying the spread of the bird flu and designing computer games. NBC 4’s Ben Gelber did a story on the program you can view here.

Ohio Innovative Learning Environments Conference

The 2014 Ohio Innovative Learning Environments conference is a collaborative effort between the Hilliard City S​chools and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. We are very fortunate to host an extended learning experience that promotes 21st century, cutting-edge teaching and learning and empowers educators to seek new and better ways to actively engage the minds of their students. As always, the single most important word in our conference title is INNOVATION. How can we continue to motivate our students to be thinkers and innovators? Most importantly, how can we educate our young people in new ways that will ensure that they truly are ready for tomorrow? The conference will take place August 4-7. You can learn more and sign up here.