Chardon students weren’t the only people excited about their first day of school. So were eight new staff members, including from left: Deb Tyodoki, Preschool; Camille Becker, Preschool; Beth Bumpus, Preschool; Deb Turek-Koers, Occupational Therapist; Emily Larkin, Speech Therapist; Rebecca Schneider, Ph.D, CHS Science; Kyle Kovach, CHS Guidance; and Kelly DiCato, CHS Math.
Innovative Strategies Grant
The Chardon Local Schools was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education in order to implement and practice innovative instructional strategies to meet the learning needs of all students. This grant-funded opportunity, titled “Differentiation Not Disability”, will allow staff to study with experts the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and apply those strategies within their instructional practices. “We are excited for this opportunity to continue to refine our teaching practices, and to work towards our mission of High Achievement for All Students,” said Dr. Ed Klein, assistant superintendent, who along with Chardon High School Assistant Principal, Ryan Bandiera, wrote the grant.
Grant funds will be used for staff to meet with nationally-recognized experts, analyze strategies in action at other schools, and implement and refine strategies for all students with guided assistance. Additionally, grant funds will be used for staff to travel to national conferences on instructional strategies, and to apply those within their classrooms. “Our goal is for every student to graduate with purpose,” said Chardon High School Principal, Doug Murray, “and through this grant, we will continue to refine and improve on our practices for all students.”