Partners in Education goes to Cleveland’s BLUE Institute

It’s that time of year again—school is about to start! Parents and students alike are preparing, but the teachers of Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) are already primed for the school year, after attending BLUE Institute. And thanks to Ohio Lottery’s Molly Fanta, they also know all about the Lottery’s Partners in Education (PIE) program.

What is BLIMG_2352UE Institute?

BLUE stands for Build, Lead, Utilize and Engage. BLUE Institute is a professional development workshop for CMSD teachers, and is a part of the district’s overarching plans for education reform. Two hundred new teachers and 450 returning teachers attended this year.

The program includes over 100 workshops that teachers can choose from, ranging from violence prevention to college readiness to social and emotional skill development. In an effort to lay the foundation for the 2016-2017 school year, the sessions help teachers be culturally responsive in addressing their students’ needs.

“It was all teachers who care and love what they do,” explained Molly. “They want to grow and develop…you could sense their excitement…and I think that really says a lot about the district.”CoTKYYmW8AAWphc

What did the Lottery do there?

After learning about the program, Molly ventured out to the Tri-C Corporate College in Warrensville Heights during the last week of July. Here she set up a Lottery table and explained PIE to teachers attending BLUE Institute. She handed out PIE nomination forms, brochures, lanyards and First Aid kits to teachers.

The PIE program is a way for students, staff and schools to be recognized for an outstanding performance or achievement. Based on the nominations received, one teacher and one student from every region are recognized monthly, September through May, either as an Academic All Star or as a Teacher of the Month, and receive PIE merchandise and a gift card. Then, their achievements are promoted locally and placed on the Ohio Lottery website and social media pages. Every nomination provides the respective school with an entry into a drawing for School
of the Year.

How can I find out more about Partners in Education?

If you’d like to spread the word about the Lottery’s PIE program or make a nomination, visit for more information.

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