Lakota digital learning efforts grow with membership in national group

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 12:36 PM


            Lakota Schools has applied for and joined the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, district officials announced Thursday. Lakota is the only school system in Southwest Ohio to become a member of the national organization and is one of only two in the state to be part of the group. The membership will open resources from across the country for advancing Lakota’s expansion of digital learning among its 16,500 students. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF
Lakota Schools has applied for and joined the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, district officials announced Thursday. Lakota is the only school system in Southwest Ohio to become a member of the national organization and is one of only two in the state to be part of the group. The membership will open resources from across the country for advancing Lakota’s expansion of digital learning among its 16,500 students. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF

Lakota Local Schools has been invited to join an elite, national organization pushing for digital learning.

Butler County’s largest school system is now part of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools for its recent efforts in expanding high-tech learning among its 22 schools and 16,500 students.

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The district recently added Superintendent Matt Miller to its top leadership, and in the few months since starting Aug. 1, Miller has rapidly expanded Lakota’s digital footprint.

He pushed the creation of the district’s first Twitter account, started conducting regular online public chats with top district officials, and is pushing sweeping innovation in classrooms.

League of Innovative Schools officials described themselves as a non-profit “national network of forward-thinking K-12 school district superintendents who together solve the challenges facing our schools through innovation and technology.”

The league, which requires an application by school districts seeking to join, has 93 members in 33 states and Lakota is only the second school system in Ohio — and the first in Southwest Ohio — to become a member.

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According to Lakota officials, the district “was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.”

Joining the national league is both an honor and an additional resource in modernizing Lakota classroom learning, said Miller.

“We are very excited to join this prestigious organization and collaborate with like-minded districts across the country. The League of Innovative Schools fosters relationships among forward thinking educators, encouraging innovation in the classroom to best meet the needs of students,” said Miller in a statement announcing the membership.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Lakota Schools — for the students, staff and the community — as we strive to engage our kids every day through innovative teaching methods and the use of educational technology,” he said.

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The advantages for Lakota students include shared digital learning resources from other members across the country.

“Being a member of the League of Innovative schools puts Lakota on a national stage — we are being recognized as a leader in innovative teaching. Other benefits include the opportunity for collaboration between like-minded, forward-thinking leaders in education and being part of working groups throughout the year,” Miller told the Journal-News.

“Great ideas come from collaboration. Our teachers are a testament to that. Being a member of the League of Innovative Schools allows us to tap into other districts throughout the country that are thinking outside the box – finding innovative ways to best teach our children,” he said.

Miller, whose former district Mentor Schools in northern Ohio is the other member in the state, was a nationally recognized advocated for digital learning, which attracted the Lakota school board into hiring him.

Lakota Board of Education Vice President Todd Parnell described the joining national organization as “a big deal.”

“It shows just how far Lakota has come,” said Parnell.

Owl turns routine oil change into real hoot

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

An owl was found on a car engine during an oil change in New Hampshire.
Salem NH Police Department
An owl was found on a car engine during an oil change in New Hampshire.(Salem NH Police Department)

A mechanic in New Hampshire attempting to perform an oil change Friday found a surprise guest on the car's engine.

An Eastern Screech owl was discovered on the engine, according to a Facebook post by the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department. 
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Police said the owl was friendly and easy to handle, but did appear to be a bit lethargic. While the car owner told police they had no idea how the bird got in the car, it's believed the owl sought the car's engine for warmth, or perhaps while chasing a mouse.

The owl, which police named Shazam, was taken to On the Wing, a wildlife rehabilitation center.

2-month-old boy found dead at Dayton home

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

Dayton 2-month-old found dead in home

UPDATE @ 2:25 p.m.

The child found dead this morning was 2 months old, according to a Montgomery County Coroner’s investigator.

The investigator also said the Dayton child’s name is spelled Silas Snyder. An autopsy has not yet been performed, he said, and a preliminary cause of death is not available.

FIRST REPORT

A 3-month-old boy was found dead this morning on a love seat inside his home.

Police and medics were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. to the 600 block of Bowen Street after a woman said she found the baby unresponsive.

The baby, identified as Sylas P. Snyder, was pronounced dead at 8:37 a.m. and was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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According to a Dayton police report, the mother told police when she got home from work at midnight Sylas was asleep on a love seat so she lay down on a couch to sleep. At 3 a.m. when she checked on him, she said he was fine.

The baby’s grandmother said she checked on Sylas around 8:30 a.m., and found him on his belly. She rolled him over, noticed he was cold to the touch and immediately called 911, according to the report.

The infant’s death remains under investigation.

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No injuries reported in Franklin house fire

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:14 PM


            Franklin fire engine / FILE
Franklin fire engine / FILE

Franklin firefighters were called to a house fire in the 1100 block of South Main Street early Saturday afternoon.

The fire at the two-story single-family house was called to 911 about 12:16 p.m.

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Dispatchers said that no injuries were reported in the blaze.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Crews battle fire in Dayton home; 1 injury reported

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:06 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:50 AM

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire.

UPDATE @9:51 a.m.

Fire officials said a child escaped injury and a woman suffered burns to her feet in a Dayton house fire.

The fire in the first block of South Westview Avenue was contained to a bedroom, according to officials. The cause is under investigation.

The woman and two-year-old child were in the front lawn when they arrived on scene.

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FIRST REPORT

At least one person has been injured after a fire broke out in a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire. 

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First units on scene said one person inside the home was injured and requested to a medic to the scene. The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

Firefighters also reported smoke showing from the structure when they arrived, according to initial reports. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as we learn more.