Today’s college students are expected to enter higher education with a skill set that allows them to immediately engage in an interactive and collaborative digital learning environment. Navigating learning management systems, working in an online collaborative setting and proactively taking ownership of their learning are just some of the skills students need to be successful in higher education.
Unfortunately, a lack of computing devices, teacher understanding of how to best integrate technology in high school classrooms and robust digital learning materials limit the ability of high school students to be fully prepared. While many students are academically and cognitively ready to engage in college-level coursework before leaving high school, they are limited in post-secondary options available via their local public districts. When students leave an Ohio high school, they should be prepared for college without remediation. Our partners have banned together to rethink how we prepare students for college.
Making sure that students are prepared for college starts in the K-12 classroom. Ohio State is partnering with ten school districts to build the academic foundation for student success once they set foot on a college campus. Providing digital learning tools and resources to students and teachers in participating schools will be the spark for change within the school’s instructional framework. Developing and fostering a culture of digital learning will lead this change. Instructional content created by Ohio State and distributed to College Ready Ohio schools will act as the initial step and model for this change.
Ohio STEM Learning Network
The Ohio STEM Learning Network seeks to ensure Ohio students are prepared for careers in the 21st century by fostering innovative teaching and learning.
Built on the principles of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Ohio STEM Learning Network has helped foster 25 new Ohio STEM schools and train more than 9,000 educators in STEM practices.
For their role in College Ready Ohio, the Ohio STEM Learning Network will organize a new class of the Innovative Leaders Institute. Focusing on leadership in the digital age, this hands-on professional development will guide school administrative teams on how to re-design key systems (fiscal, human, operational) to scale and sustain College Ready Ohio in their schools.
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 56,000 students select from 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors, and 240 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center.
For their role in College Ready Ohio, Ohio State will offer opportunities for students in partner districts to earn dual enrollment credit, via College Credit Plus. Ohio State will also deliver professional development for participating K-12 teacher in the area of digital pedagogy. The creation of an Innovation Center will provide teachers and faculty with a space to create high-quality digital content. Finally, Ohio State will conduct summative and formative evaluation over the life of the grant.
The Education Service Center of Central Ohio
The Education Service Center of Central Ohio accelerates the missions of its member school districts and helps students achieve more through career and college-ready research-based programs and services. The ESC of Central Ohio accelerates the missions of school districts in Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Ross, Madison and Union counties, serving more than 200,000 school children in 28 school districts. Through direct instruction and quality professional development, the agency partners with districts to improve education for all students, particularly those with special needs. The ESC offers robust educational consultancy through a growing list of programs including instructional coaching, administrative counseling, professional employment services and business services.
Battelle Education is a nonprofit subsidiary of Battelle that brings Battelle's pragmatic, problem-solving approach to challenges in education. Battelle Education manages a range of successful projects including the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and the national STEMx network.
The Education Service Center of Geauga County
The Education Service Center of Geauga County provides a broad range of tailored services to meet the unique needs and priorities of their school districts. GCESC serves Berkshire, Cardinal, Chardon, Kenston, Ledgemont, Newbury and West Geauga Local Schools.