State to unveil new 5-year education plan

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Board of Education is set to unveil its 5-year plan aimed at building a more efficient education system to set students up for success.

The state’s new strategic plan “Each Child, Our Future” is the state’s way to ensure that every student is challenged and prepared for their own future.

The new plan consists of three core principles with one goal in mind, increasing the number of graduates who are enrolled in a successful post-high school learning experience. Superintendent of the Ohio Board of Education Paolo DeMaria says it starts by meeting the needs of the “whole child”.

“We talk about the whole child and all their needs. This plan begins to call that out explicitly,” said DeMaria.

In its plan, the board outlines 10 priority strategies to help educators grad students towards success, like literacy and leadership skills in and outside the school.

Taking on the concept that it takes a village to raise a child. Building community partnerships and working together.

“How can we make it easier? How can we meet the needs of those kids? So that they know they are cared about, supported and we can help launch them into the great things we know that they are capable of doing,” said DeMaria.

“Being in the classroom every day is a wild new adventure and you’re not sure what is going to happen that day,” said Jonathan Juravich.

Juravich is the kindergarten through fifth-grade art teacher at Liberty Tree Elementary for the Olentangy School District. He is also the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year.

The 13-year educator is taking a break from the classroom to be a teacher-in-residence with the Board of Education being a voice for those that educate students each and every day.

“It’s a great way to talk about the social and emotional learning that is happening in classrooms, leadership, the well-rounded content, as well as our traditional skills of understanding and reasoning,” said Juravich. 

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