Wood County Educational Service Center

WCESC taps veteran Ohio educator as new superintendent

The Wood County Educational Service Center Governing Board voted unanimously today to extend a three-year superintendent’s contract to Mr. Mark North of Fairborn, Ohio, the board has announced. North has been a special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. He has served more than 20 years serving as a superintendent. He has experience in rural areas, suburban communities and city school districts. North has earned numerous awards and recognition, the most recent being named the 2018 Outstanding Superintendent of the Ohio School Boards Association Southwest Conference. In hiring him the governing board cited his collaborative style. “He believes that the Wood County Educational Service Center can further develop through participation, support and increased services for staff and students throughout Wood County.” In July, Mr. North will be moving to Wood County with his family. He plans on meeting as many people as soon as possible who can create more opportunities and better programming for students throughout Wood County and beyond. Ohio has 52 Educational Service Centers. They are dedicated to providing school districts with professional development, technology, support, planning, and administrative services that help improve student learning, enhance the quality of instruction and maximize operating and fiscal efficiencies. The WCESC is governed by a publicly-elected board of education.

Registration open for STEM Manufacturing Camp

From the Office of U.S. SENATOR SHERROD BROWN U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) encouraged Wood County students entering grades 6 through 8 to register for the “Wood County STEM Manufacturing Camp,” to be held at the Wood County Educational Service Center. The four-day camp will help students learn about manufacturing, teamwork, and local production facilities. The office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has partnered with several local organizations to put on the camp, to encourage young people to explore careers in manufacturing. The Summer Manufacturing Camp will take place at the Wood County Educational Service Center from July 9-July 13. Students and parents can learn more about the camp and download the registration flyer HERE. The camp costs $60 per student. Need-based scholarships are available to students eligible for free or reduced lunch. “Manufacturing is one of our state’s most important industries, but too often, our companies can’t find workers with the right skills, while our students don’t realize all the opportunities available to them,” said Brown. “We need today’s Ohio students to realize all the potential careers they could have in Ohio manufacturing, and that’s why, for six years now, my office has put on summer manufacturing camps for 4th through 8th graders across Ohio.” The camp gives local students the opportunity to learn about careers in their community, tour local manufacturing facilities, and learn from experts about financial literacy and skilled trades. About Summer Manufacturing Camps Brown’s office started organizing summer manufacturing camps in 2013, and since then, the number of camps throughout the state has grown every year. This year, Brown’s office will help organize 19 camps in 15 counties.

WCESC offering guidance to parents of strong-willed kids

Submitted by WOOD COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER Is life with your teen full of conflict? Do you dread that moment when your teen returns home from school, or when you return home from work, trying to guess what today’s argument and battle of wills is going to be about? We know how to put a stop to that. Most of us in the field, working with high-risk youth know that parent involvement is the key to behavior change with adolescents. Yet, effectively educating parents in basic behavioral strategies is time consuming and repetitive. The Parent Project® is a parent training program designed for parents of strong-willed adolescents. Since 2003, more than 250 parents and their adolescents have attended Parent Project in Wood County and they report that there is important information in Parent Project classes for parents of all teens. Topics include reducing family conflict and arguing, improving school performance and attendance, identifying and intervening with alcohol and other drug abuse, interceding with negative peer associations (including inappropriate dating relationships) and helping parents to set clear, consistent rules with enforceable consequences. Parents who attend the Parent Project® are more likely to see positive behavior changes as parents understand and practice powerful Parent Project interventions at home. The motto of the Parent Project® is “Parents are the answer … when they have the tools they need.” Presented in an educational format, parents are trained for a low fee of $20 for the accompanying 180-page workbook. Youth ages 12-18 are also invited to attend a separate class at no additional cost. If the entire course is completed and the parent has attended all of the required sessions, the $20 fee will be refunded. Parents attend 24 hours of instruction for a cost of less than one session of private counseling. A concurrent teen component will also be offered, where teens will learn similar skills. Youth ages 12 and older may attend. The next session will be held Monday evenings from March 5 through May 7 at Rossford United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Hwy., Rossford, OH 43460. The first three classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. The remainder of the classes run from at 6 to 8 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Greg Van Vorhis at 419-354-9010, or gvanvorhis@wcesc.org.

WCESC presents an inspirational evening with LeDerick R. Horne

State Support Team 1, Wood County Educational Service Center, and Wood Lane present an evening at the Bowling Green Community Center with motivational speaker LeDerick Horne. The presentation will be on November 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Dolores Black Gym, 1245 W. Newton Rd, in Bowling Green. LeDerick Horne was labeled as neurologically impaired in third grade.  He defies all labels.  He’s a dynamic spoken word poet, disability advocate, and motivational speaker.  His work addresses the challenges of all disabilities, uniting the efforts of diverse groups in order to achieve substantive, systemic change.  He is on the governing board of Project Eye-to-Eye, a national nonprofit that provides mentoring programs.  Learn more at http://www.lederick.com/ Supported by Wood Lane in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center Parent Mentors Jennifer Vanlerberg and Jenny Myers. Registration Deadline is Nov 23rd!  To register call Jennifer or Jenny at 419-354-9010 or send an email to jvanlerberg@wcesc.org or jemyers@wcesc.org   Please include the number of people attending, their names, and the email address and/or phone number of a contact person with their registration request.  Seating is limited, so registration is required.