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Starry Night 2017-April 23 at Westerville North High School – Mark Your Calendar!

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The festival will offer experiences with experts from Columbus’ premier educational, business, and community organizations. Geared toward students in preschool through 8th grade and their families, the event highlights the connection between all the arts and science.

See how crafts transformed from art to engineering & Science,  how things work, and learn to work with tools.

Click here to pre-register for Starry Night

TeacherTools: Personal Learning Networks

 

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I like to consider myself a lifelong learner and consistently pursue professional and personal knowledge.  And I think it’s important to model that behavior for children so they understand that learning doesn’t just occur in school.  When I became a teacher, one of my first objectives was to locate and add professional connections to my Personal Learning Network (PLN). I have found these connections to be invaluable and recommend a robust PLN to both new, and more-seasoned, professionals.

My recommendations:

  • Subscribe to a website aggregator like Zite. Instead of searching individual websites, Zite will retrieve articles and online information specifically tailored to your interests. The more articles you open and “thumbs-up”, the more focused Zite’s searches for you become.
  • Find a blog that provides you with valuable information and subscribe to its RSS feed (like WPE’s Teacher Tools blog!).
  • Take advantage of all the great webinars on org.
  • Join a social learning network like the Knowledge Building Commons (KBC) of INFOhio.org.
  • Join an educational listserv specifically geared towards your interests.
  • Read! Or better yet, start a workplace book study. (I recommend the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck)
  • Set up a group in a Course Management System (CMS) like Schoology and invite like-minded professionals to collaborate and join online chats.
  • Become involved in community organizations that support the schools like Westerville Partners for Education (WPE), Westerville Education Foundation (WEF), your school’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), or Westerville Parent Council (WPC).
  • In addition to attending district waiver days and individual building meetings, try out an educational conference like one listed in the following article: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/09/26-great-conferences-for-teachers-to.html

Whether you decide to try out one new thing or several, the important thing is to keep learning! Not only will you benefit from the others’ knowledge, but others will also appreciate your contributions.

-Jean Trimble

Westerville Partners for Education

Pointview Tutoring Initiative

 Westerville Partners for Education is excited to announce a new partnership with Pointview Elementary. This year, we are sponsoring and overseeing a tutoring program for 2nd graders in conjunction with the Columbus Tutoring Initiative. We Tutor Recruitment-1have recruited some wonderful tutors from Westerville Community United Church of Christ and are still in need of others. If you are willing to commit one hour of your time a week and enjoy working with children, please consider joining our tutoring initiative!

Tutors must attend one training session: Sept.11 or Sept. 25 from 11:30-1:00 pm at Grace Polaris Church, 8225 Worthington-Galena Rd, Westerville, OH, 43081.

Tutoring dates: Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30, October 7 through April 28

Contact Julie Nisbet @ 614 657-3028 OR sign up online at: tutorcolumbus.org

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New year! New board! New ideas!

The countdown is on. School begins in just 14 days. And we, at Westerville Partners for Education, are so excited! This summer we said good-bye (and THANK YOU!) to our board member, Stacy Keenan, who will be Hanby’s PTA president again this year, and we welcomed a whole crop of new board members to our organization.

I wanted to start our year by introducing them to you. You’ll be seeing updates from us about their programs and passions all year, so stay tuned! 06bbd7d

John Tansey comes to us from Otterbein’s Chemistry Department. John has volunteered with and exhibited at Starry Night 2014. He helped us out by getting up (super early) to help us out with our Good Day Columbus Starry Night promotion. John has also worked with Blendon Middle School’s Robotics Club and attended our pilot STEAMHub event at Cherrington in May. John is interested in developing partnerships between Otterbein’s science department at Westerville Schools and we are thrilled to have him on board with us!

Jean Trimble is the fantastic whirlwind of energy and innovation at the corePicture_of_me of Walnut Spring’s Media Center. Jean was a part of our Starry Night Planning Team for 2014 and is also a parent in the district. She runs the Walnut Springs website (likeagoodbook.com) and worked with WPE to bring in some new speakers for Walnut’s Career Day. Jean’s enthusiasm for innovation and passion for education is contagious and we’re so excited to work with her this year.

Mary Curry is the talented artist behind our beautiful Starry Night logo. She has been a 2546e7blong-time volunteer with WPE-helping us out with design work for the past three years, and we are delighted to have her join our board. Mary is a parent in the district and Art Director at Prism Marketing. She has a lot of fantastic idea on how we can improve the Starry Night experience with better maps, directions, signage and consistent branding throughout all of our programs. It’s going to be a great year!

Julie Nisbet is a parent in the district and 10262012_10202334619820451_920762273370837022_nformer school psychologist in the district. Julie has been working to set up an exciting new tutoring program for WPE. She has a passion for supporting intervention and support for students with reading disabilities and her passion will connect so beautifully with our Books for Break program and the relationship we’ve built with Kiwanis of Westerville to support literacy. Welcome, Julie! Look for more news about our tutoring program coming in the coming months!

Stephanie Henderson, Assessment Practice Leader at Leader OnBoarding, 397fac5joins our board this year and brings her passion for arts education to our mission. Stephanie has been a longtime advocate for the Arts at Westerville North and across the district and will be developing a plan to strength the arts in our schools. Stephanie’s mission supports education at all levels in the district, and we are so excited to work with her and take on this important issue in the district.

John O’Connor actually joined our board a couple of months ago, but I 3081f80wanted to formally introduce him here today. John is President of Westerville Kiwanis and has a passion for supporting literacy. John has been instrumental in working with us to develop the Books for Break program last year and was also one of our pilot Library Volunteers. John volunteered at Starry Night 2014 and is interested in improving the reach and accessibility of our Books for Break program (transitioning it into a classroom experience called Book Bonanza!). John single-handedly collected books from Half Price Books and has leveled hundred of those books on his own. He also took our Books for Break program to the WARM lunch sites this summer. He is a dynamo for literacy and we’re so proud to have him on our board.

Bronwyn Ginty joins our board this year too! To know Bronwyn is to know a fantastic whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm for education and students. 02-07-2014_bf15b9bc-4d8d-4510-9d80-d252e0fb7212_BronwynmodBronwyn volunteered at Starry Night in 2013 and 2014 and was a part of our Starry Night Planning Team for 2014. She is a parent in the district and is Director for the Goddard School on Executive Parkway. We are so excited to have her working with us this year!

Oxford Consulting Sponsors!

Thrilled to announce that Oxford Consulting is returning to Starry Night as a Saturn sponsor! I love seeing so

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many of our 2013 sponsors come back to us for 2014. It makes us feel really proud of what we do and make us work really hard to put on an event worthy of their continued support. Thank you to the team at Oxford Consulting, and to all our wonderful, amazing, fantastic sponsors-both returning sponsors from 2013 and new sponsors for 2014! Because of your support, we are able to achieve our dream of making sure that Starry Night is free for families and is the most marvelous, wondrous, hands-on, educational event in the land.

We are going to make you proud again this year. I promise.

Thank you!

New Earth Sponsor: Wild Birds Unlimited!

Welcome to our newest Earth sponsor: Wild Birds Unlimited! We’re so excited to have them on board with us for this very special year. Their store is a great resource in our community for information about (and supplies for) caring for natural resources, plus it’s just a really cool place. Their facebook page is chock full of interesting information about birding in the area and they are a big sponsor of outdoor education.

We’re so excited that they are sponsoring Starry Night this year! Thank you, Wild Birds Unlimited!!

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Delivering posters!

So I’ve named the Starry Night robot: Vincent (as in Van Gogh…). You spend all delivering posters around Westerville, it’s a lot of quiet time to think…and name robots, apparently.

But the posters are out in every Westerville elementary and middle school, and a few business. But of course, Starry Night is free to anyone in the area, not just Westerville, so if you’d like a poster for your school, organization, or business, just say the word. I’ll send Vincent your way!

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Starry Night 2014 Poster Debut!

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Huge thanks to the talented Kelley Femia, who designed this fantastic poster for us! I really love it.

Look for it going up in schools and around town beginning this week!

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