Avenue for Answers

This is a popular place for attendees to meet with experts from various state agencies, associations and organizations. Note: Organizations are at the Avenue for Answers Monday and Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

The Center for Balanced Living, Booth 1431 (Monday only)
Setting the highest standard of care in eating disorder treatment in Columbus, Ohio.
(614) 896-8222 • www.centerforbalancedliving.org

Center for Performance and Impact: Office of Accountability, Booth 1428
Learn about school and district report cards, academic distress commissions and strengthening the cycle of continuous improvement.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Center for Performance and Impact: Office of Assessment & National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Booth 1430
See how your students compare to the nation and other states, with specific results. Discover test items — with statistics — available to schools.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Center for Student Supports: Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, Booth 1440 (Monday only)
Learn how Ohio is working to create a seamless early learning and development system for all families.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Center for Student Supports: Office of Exceptional Children 1434
Discuss topics related to students with disabilities as well as those who are gifted.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Center for Student Supports: Office of Integrated Student Supports Child Nutrition, Booth 1432  (Monday only)
Hear about programs that safeguard the health and well-being of children, encourage consumption of nutritious foods and teach about proper eating habits and good health. Also learn about participation in U.S. Department of Agriculture programs.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Center for Teaching, Leading and Learning: Office of Career Technical Education, Booth 1436
Learn how career-technical education is being implemented throughout Ohio and in middle and high schools.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Center for Teaching, Leading and Learning: Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, Booth 1440 (Tuesday only)
Discuss the Purple Star Schools and Ohio Troops to Teachers programs.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Center for Teaching, Leading and Learning: Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, Booth 1441
Discuss educator effectiveness and licensure questions, including requirements for different types of professional development.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Center for Teaching, Leading and Learning: Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies, Booth 1438
Stop by to ask questions about Ohio’s Learning Standards and Model Curriculum.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, Booth 1435 (Tuesday only)
Discover resources available to support good labor/management relations.
(216) 520-4800 • http://fmcs.gov

Mid-East Career and Technology Centers/Ohio Department of Public Safety, Booth 1433 (Monday only)
Hear how to provide driver’s education as a career tool.
(740) 454-0105 • www.drivertraining.ohio.gov

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio, Booth 1437 (Monday only)
Learn about this statewide organization dedicated to advocating for families who have a loved one with a serious mental health condition. Review a variety of free programs available throughout Ohio that help with this effort, including NAMI Basics, which is specifically for parents of a child diagnosed with a mental health condition.
(800) 686-2646 • www.namiohio.org

Office of Fiscal Budget and School Funding College Credit Plus, Booth 1432 (Tuesday only)
Review College Credit Plus opportunities and the Adult Diploma Program.
(877) 644-6338 • http://education.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Health — Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program, Booth 1435 (Monday only)
Information is available on vaping, JUUL devices and school policy.
(614) 644-7975 • https://bit.ly/2TrCLPM

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Booth 1439 (Tuesday only)
Meet with representatives from the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, which assists schools with funding, environmental recognition and education.
(800) 329-7518 • www.epa.state.oh.us

Ohio Facilities Construction Commission Media Relations, Booth 1429
Representatives will address funding status, programs and policies, and specific issues from school districts.
(614) 466-6290 • http://ofcc.ohio.gov

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, Booth 1439 (Monday only)
Provides education, resources, training and other supports to help school professionals, parents and youth prevent suicide in their communities.
(614) 429-1528, ext. 402 • www.ohiospf.org

School Employees Retirement System, Booth 1433 (Tuesday only)
Discuss retirement education for noncertified school employees.
(800) 878-5853 • www.ohsers.org

State of Ohio — Cooperative Purchasing Program, Booth 1437 (Tuesday only)
The Cooperative Purchasing Program offers Ohio counties, townships, municipalities, school districts, public libraries, regional park districts and other political subdivisions the benefits and cost savings of buying goods and services through state contracts. The program negotiates terms and conditions favorable to Ohio governmental entities, and members can take advantage of purchasing power to gain volume discounts and administrative savings.
(614) 466-5090 • www.ohio.gov/procure

State Teachers Retirement Systems of Ohio, Booth 1431 (Tuesday only)
Information for Ohio’s public school teachers regarding retirement and health care benefits.
(888) 227-7877 • www.strsoh.org

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