As an effort to assist our member districts in the vital area of school improvement and innovation, North Point Educational Service Center began the Emerging Trends Network or ETN. The ETN concept was created by Dr. Willard Daggett, who is one of the most respected names in educational reform. The five (5) trends that have been identified by his organization are:
1. Digital Leadership and Learning
2. Career Readiness
3. Application Based Learning
5. Data Analytic
A total of fourteen member districts have signed on and have chosen to pursue one or more of the trends listed above.
As important as the five (5) trends are, they will be largely ineffective without the following: Rigor, Relevance, Relationships/Culture.
Dr. Daggett often states that "culture trumps strategy every time." Culture is the foundation on which the rest of the "educational house" is built. However, culture is not enough. The ETN has placed a great deal of emphasis on the concepts of Rigor and Relevance. As an attempt to assist educators, Dr. Daggett created what is called the Rigor/Relevance Framework (see diagram below).
The third and fourth rounds of Firelands Challenge matches are finished and Perkins High School holds onto the lead in the standings. Edison High School narrowed the gap however and is now just seven points behind Perkins.
Each team won both of its matches in these two rounds. Perkins defeated Clyde and Margaretta in Round III as well as Danbury and Lakota in Round IV. Edison was successful against Lakota and Port Clinton in Round III and against Clyde and South Central in Round IV.
Huron High School won its third round match but lost to Western Reserve in the fourth round. Despite the loss, Huron continues to hold on to third place in the standings.
Fourth and fifth places in the standings are up for grabs as different teams take control of those spots. Monroeville held the fourth position after the third round, while Danbury held the fifth spot. As a result of Round IV, Monroeville slipped one position to fifth and has been replaced by Norwalk St. Paul in fourth.
The top five scoring schools at the end of the season are eligible to enter the play-off and championship rounds. The top five in the standings and their cumulative scores after the first four rounds are:
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The Firelands Challenge matches will resume on January 30, 2017. There are two rounds left in the regular season. The Play-Off Round is scheduled for February 27, 2017.
Click on the link below to view the 2016-2017 Firelands Challenge schedule:
On August 4, 2016 North Point Educational Service Center hosted their annual one-day retreat for area school leaders at the Kalahari Resort/Convention Center. The event was attended by approximately 200 superintendents, principals, treasurers, coordinators, supervisors and directors from 27 school districts.
The Retreat marked the thirty-ninth (39th) year that the Center has organized and hosted the in-service. This event kicks-off the new school year. It affords school leaders the opportunity to come together and discuss plans for the upcoming school year and to interact with colleagues in other districts so they can collaborate on common programs and activities.