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Race to the Top

Race to the Top

Ohio's Race to the Top (RttT) initiative is part of a federal program designed to create a world-class education system in Ohio in which all students will graduate with a sense of purpose and be well-prepared for college, work and life.  Pike-Delta-York Local School District is in the third of four years of receiving RttT funding for professional development initiatives that meet the goals of the program. 

To date, teachers have become better prepared by learning more about formative instruction and assessment, the new common core and state revised standards, data interpretation and analysis, integrating technology into the classroom, and the new teacher evaluation system. 

Having RttT funding has enabled our district to ‘stay on top’ of the multitude of changes taking place in education so that we may continue to prepare our students for the 21st Century.

Meet the District Leadership Team!

The Pike-Delta-York District Leadership Team (DLT) continues to identify instructional needs and provide direction for the district.  The DLT is comprised of both administrators and teachers from all buildings.  Our district team is comprised of:

Elementary                              Lynn Hull, Kara Chiesa, Ellen Bernal

Middle School                         Kathy Trowbridge, Jennifer Buckenmeyer, Doug Ford

High School                            Dennis Heban, Michele Engel, Martin Friess

Administrative Office              Ted Haselman, Andrea Johnson (NwOESC)


The DLT meets on a regular basis to guide and plan for professional development for staff to ensure that PDY educators remain informed of the latest initiatives from the State.  Current work by the DLT includes coordination and implementation of the goals of the Race to the Top (RttT) grant for Year 4.  For this last year of the RttT grant, the emphasis is on the implementation of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES).  The OTES, a new evaluation system, will provide educators with a richer and more detailed view of their performance, with a focus on their specific strengths and opportunities for improvement.  The DLT is also providing support to each building’s teacher-based teams so that they may use data to guide their instruction. 


Another focus of RttT for Year 4 includes the rollout of the State’s Instructional Information System (ISS).  The IIS can be thought of as a data warehouse that teachers can use for a variety of purposes such as analyzing data to the sharing of instructional methods with their teaching colleagues.  To date, three educators have been trained on the use of the system.  These three individuals will serve as facilitators of the professional development for the IIS as the system becomes populated with data.


The PDY district leadership team’s ultimate goal is focused on continually improving how the district functions so that all students are successful.

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