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  • Capturing the Future Ready Vision for Teaching and Learning in your District Today

    What does your vision for teaching and learning five years from now look like? Future Ready Schools provides a clear framework for K-12 school districts to help plan and implement research-based strategies for personalized student learning. Ohio became a Future Ready state in the Fall of 2017, and many Ohio schools are taking the pledge to commit to transitioning their districts in meaningful ways that will impact teacher development and student learning. Ohio Department of Education's Director of Integrated Technology Stephanie Meeks will introduce Ohio's Future Ready movement and what it means to be a Future Ready School. In addition, Graham Local Schools' administrative team will discuss their Future Ready vision in action. Principals Chad Miller, Chad Lensman, and Ryan Rismiller will share their elementary, middle, and high schools' programs and systems which support personalized digital learning that will prepare their students for future college and careers, as well as the workforce. Ohio Small Rural Collaborative President Ryan Rismiller will also share how small and rural schools working together can improve student learning and realize the Future Ready vision.

    About the Presenters

    Ryan Rismiller, Graham Local Schools, High School Principal

    Ryan Rismiller is a President and At- Large Representative for OSRC. Mr. Rismiller is the High School Principal for Graham Local Schools in Saint Paris, Ohio. He has served as an Agricultural Education Instructor, Intervention Specialist and Assistant Principal prior to his current role. He has earned a B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, MAEd in Intervention from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and MAEd in Administration from Concordia University of Chicago. Ryan was recognized by Ohio as the 2017 Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year and 2009 was Ohio's Agriscience Teacher of the Year. He resides in New Carlisle with his wife and four children.

    Chad Lensman, Graham Local Schools, Middle School Principal

    Chad Lensman is currently the Principal at Graham Middle School in Saint Paris, Ohio. He is also a board member and region 5 representative of Ohio Small Rural Collaborative. Mr. Lensman is entering his 9th year in education and 4th as an administrator. The previous three years serving as the Assistant Principal at Graham Elementary.  Mr. Lensman earned his B.A. in Marketing from Kent State University (06) Masters in Education from Antioch Midwest (09) and Masters in Leadership from Concordia (13).  Mr. Lensman brings a passion for education including the areas of technology, leadership, curriculum, and personalized learning.  Mr. Lensman has presented at both the state and national levels to educations across the nation. Mr. Lensman currently resides in Saint Paris, Ohio with his wife, Shannon and two children, Cade and Ayla.

    Chad Miller, Graham Local Schools, Elementary Principal

    Chad is a Principal at Graham Elementary where he is finishing his 7th year at GES and 10th year overall as a principal and 21st year as an educator. Chad has been an intervention specialists, Title I reading specialists, and curriculum coordinator. He received his bachelors from the University of Rio Grande and his masters from the University of Dayton and currently a doctoral student at Concordia University of Chicago. Chad lives in Urbana with his wife and his son who is a 2nd grader at Graham.

    Stephanie Donofe Meeks, ODE, Integrated Technology Director

    Stephanie Donofe Meeks is director of integrated technology at the Ohio Department of Education, where she supports technology integration innovations and blended learning initiatives for districts and schools across the state. Before joining the department, she served as district coordinator for Instructional Technology at Westerville City Schools and Olentangy Local Schools, as well as a teacher and school librarian with the Diocese of Columbus Schools, Columbus City Schools, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany and Korea and Edison Local Schools. 

    Stephanie earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education and Instructional Technology at Kent State University, as well as post-graduate degrees in School Library at Kent State and School Administration at Ashland University. She is currently working on her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Ashland University as part of Cohort 19. Originally from Steubenville, Stephanie considers herself a citizen of the world after living overseas in Asia and Europe for eight years. In her free time, she recharges by cooking, traveling and having fun with family, friends and her dog, Lupini.

    You can reach Stephanie Donofe at