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“Ohio Learns 360” Family Webinars Kick Off October 12

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Developed by Ohio’s PBS stations, the program is being offered as part of the Ohio Learns 360 project.

ATHENS, OH –  Educators, administrators and parents worked tirelessly to keep students engaged over the past two-and-a-half school years and now we are discovering larger-than-normal gaps in learning. How can families help students learn at home, what impact can we have on learning growths for students, and what resources are available to help families boost student learning?

Those are the questions WOUB Public Media will be addressing in the first Ohio Learns 360 Family Webinar on Wednesday, October 12, at 6 p.m. This webinar, designed for parents and caregivers, is targeted for families of children who are between kindergarten and fifth grade, but the subject matter can apply to children of all ages. Each live, virtual session will be led by a local PBS educational staff member and focus on a different topic with a different expert. The first webinar is called Closing the Learning Gap and will feature Dr. Barbara Boone.

Dr. Boone is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University in the Center on Education and Training for Employment.  She leads a team focused on improving partnerships between home, school and communities for the education of children of all ages. They do this through research, developing tools and resources for families, facilitating professional development, and working with state agencies, local school districts and organizations.

She was previously an early childhood teacher, parent educator, education consultant, and a Director at the Ohio Department of Education. A sought after speaker and advisor for school-family partnerships, Dr. Boone regularly works with state and district leaders across Ohio and the country. Dr. Boone received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree from The University of Kentucky, and a bachelor of science from Michigan State University. A mother of three children who all graduated from public schools in Ohio, Dr. Boone takes a child centered approach to education. She recognizes that each and every child will learn, grow, and live fulfilling lives when they are supported by their families, schools and communities.

Ohio Learns 360, which aims to reach kindergarten through fifth-grade students from underserved communities, kicked off this spring and continues through September of 2024. The Ohio Department of Education is providing $5,000,000 in funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), first authorized by Congress in 2020.

To register: click here