Sylvania Schools | Bradley J. Rieger Building | 4747 N. Holland Sylvania Road | Sylvania, Ohio 43560
The Department of Teaching and Learning supports the mission of educating our students to make a difference. We execute the district core values of excellence, student-centered learning, collaboration, accountability, diversity and community-oriented decision-making in everything we do each and every day.
The department oversees all aspects of the K-12 curriculum, district testing, course offerings, professional development, career and technical education services, gifted education, alternate learning opportunities and assists with intervention planning in all 12 schools. Our goal is to work collaboratively with teacher-based leadership teams at all levels to facilitate the development of curriculum aligned with Ohio’s New Learning Standards for all academic areas.
These learning standards include the full implementation of the new English Language Arts and Mathematics Common Core Standards. Selection of new materials for classrooms and instruction is our top priority as we transition to these new standards. Through teacher-led professional development planning, our department is leading the way for positive change and development of best practices and systems to support teachers, parents, and students to be successful.
GRADPoint – Credit Recovery
Along with intervention for students with learning needs, the department also oversees and supports the Gifted and Talented Education Department (GATE). Currently, the GATE program services students in grades 4-8 through a challenging and rigorous curriculum geared to qualified students through intense cognitive and achievement testing.
The department also coordinates the local and state assessment programs, assists with test preparation, analyzes test results to provide data to administrators and teachers in support of continuous improvement in student achievement. One of the challenges for the department is the facilitation of a comprehensive plan for the implementation of the new online Ohio Assessments for students in grades 3-12. These tests replace the pencil and paper state testing system.
A new and exciting program is the implementation of The Sylvania Schools’ 21st Century Learning Initiative, through a partnership with the technology department. Today’s students are “digital natives” using technology tools to learn at individual ability levels to succeed. In response to these changing learning needs, the departments developed a comprehensive 3-5 year plan to place technology in the hands of all 3-12 graders. An integral piece of the technology integration is professional development for teachers, parents and students! The initiative involves both short- and long-term intensive training for staff along with support for parents and their role in this change as well.
Offers students the opportunity to prepare with the academic and technical skills needed to be successful in postsecondary education and the workplace. It gives students the opportunity to obtain career knowledge needed to make informed career-decisions while earning high school and often times post-secondary credits. Also includes College Tech Prep programs within the department. Sylvania offers 20 different programs within six career pathways.
We encourage you to find out more about the many curriculum changes and services we provide for students and parents by clicking on the links below. Click here for more information about the Sylvania Career Tech Program or contact us for additional resources.
Sylvania students in grades 7-12 have an opportunity to participate in the College Credit Plus program. The purpose of the program is to promote rigorous academic and technical pursuits and to provide a wider variety of options to “college ready” school students. Eligible students can take a course and earn high school and college credit that appears on both the high school and college transcripts. There is no cost for the student to participate in College Credit Plus when the student is enrolled in a public college or university. Students choosing to enroll in a participating private college or university might incur costs. However, nonpublic institutions of higher education may not charge students who are economically disadvantaged. There are various delivery methods available for participating in this program including, but not limited to, attending a university or community college, participating in online coursework, or attending one of our high schools and enrolling in a course that is credentialed for college credit. Students must be accepted by the institution to which they apply as being “college ready”. Students also are required to participate in a counseling session prior to participation pursuant to division B of section 3365.04 of the Revised Code.
Sylvania Students enrolling in grades 7-12 next year who are interested in participating in College Credit Plus must see their school counselor for full details. April 1 is the deadline for applying for the College Credit Plus program. A required informational meeting will take place on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Northview at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Performing Arts Center to outline the details of this program. All interested students and parents must attend. The intent of the College Credit Plus program is not to replace already existing courses at Sylvania High Schools, rather to enhance the curriculum.
College Credit Plus Partners include: Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, Northwest State College, Owens Community College, The University of Findlay, and
The University of Toledo
Credit flexibility options are designed for those students who demonstrate the ability, interest, and maturity to accept personal responsibility for their learning in a selected curricular area and have the opportunity to pursue it outside of Sylvania High School with a Sylvania BOE-approved program. The purpose of the credit flexibility option is to develop learners who devise their own research, learning objectives, and a plan whereby they will attain those objectives outside of the traditional classroom.
The policy will provide a personalized educational opportunity for all stents in which they will identify, acquire, and demonstrate the proficiency of their knowledge through agreed upon standards to earn graduation credit. Students will engage in activities beyond the boundaries of a classroom by taking part in an alternative learning experience to traditional “seat time” of classroom work, in which they will demonstrate identified learning standards. Students will be required to complete a Proposal for Credit Flexibility form in which they will define their educational goals, identify the standards they will demonstrate, and create a timeline for completion. Students may work independently or with a credit flexibility partner. Individuals and organizations wishing to partner with the student in an instructional plan will need to seek approval from the Sylvania City Schools.
Credit Flexibility Requirements:
Written plan or agreement between the students, parents and the Sylvania High School teacher of record and a Memo of Understanding with off-site program providers. The teacher of record must meet Ohio Department of Education certification requirements.
Grades will be reported to the guidance office and will be recorded on the student’s report card and transcript.
All credit flex classes must be added and dropped within the same timelines of dropping and adding other classes as stated in the Program of Studies otherwise the student will receive an F for the class if work is not completed.
How to Apply for a Credit Flexibility Program:
Credit Flexibility Packets are available for download on the district website or from the district’s Curriculum Office located on the third floor of 4747 N Holland Sylvania Rd.
Students must complete proposals for the following school year and return them to the district’s Curriculum Office by March 30th.
Students will be notified of the status of the proposal after evaluation by the review committee.
Students are responsible for completing all assignments agreed upon in the Plan for Assessment to Receive Credit and Grades in order to receive a grade and credit.
Credit Flexibility Options and Procedures
Testing-out of a class
This option exists for students who believe they are ready to demonstrate all of the competencies required for a course. Students selecting this option must first complete a Test-out Request. Arrangements will then be made for the student to demonstrate proficiency. The demonstration of proficiency may include but is not limited to taking the Sylvania High school exams for the course, completing written essays and research papers, developing examples of subject area projects, and other items as specified in the proposal agreement. The Sylvania High School teacher of record will evaluate student work. Final grades and credits will be recorded on the student’s transcript and calculated in the students GPA and class rank. A panel consisting of a highly qualified teacher in the subject matter, building administrator, and counselor will conduct grading appeals, if requested. A student who does not wish to accept the outcome of the credit flex plan may choose to enroll in the class via the traditional Sylvania High School classroom model. The grade of the credit flex plan would then be replaced by the grade from the Sylvania High School class. Students must fill out a Test-out Request form.
Creating a Flex Plan for a class
This option is for students who wish to develop a plan of study to address course objectives outside the traditional classroom. Prior approval for the proposal is required; there will be no awarding of retroactive credit. Off-site instruction providers must receive prior approval by the Sylvania Board of Education. In their proposal, students must extensively detail the goals/objectives of their proposed course, list methods of instruction, timeline segments of learning, and describe assessment measurements. The Sylvania High School teacher of record will evaluate student work. Final grades and credits will be recorded on the student’s transcript and calculated in the students GPA and class rank. Students must fill out a Credit Flexibility Proposal.
Selecting a Sylvania Board approved Educational Option
Educational Options are designed to meet the special needs of students not available in the regular curriculum or not possible in the school day. Students may choose to participate in any of the following alternate means to earn credits: distance learning, on-line coursework, independent study, tutorial programs, summer school, mentorship programs, and early college entrance. Many of these options involve fees that will be paid by the parents to a third party provider. Some of these options may require the student to meet admission standards at a university or other educational option provider. Students must fill out an Educational Options Plan.
All Credit Flex plans are reviewed by a District Credit Flexibility Team. A student has a right to appeal the decision. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the building principal within one week (7 calendar days) of notification. The decision by the building principal shall be final.
Secondary/CTE Assistant Director