Welcome to the new FIP Your School Ohio blog!


As a former middle school teacher, I know that formative instructional practices (we call them “FIP”) aren’t anything new; they are at the heart of effective teaching and learning practices that educators have been using intuitively for years. Research tells us that when used systematically and intentionally, these practices can be powerful in moving learning forward for all students. Through our Race to the Top grant, Ohio has been able to create professional learning resources available for free to all of Ohio’s educators. I am the project coordinator for this effort, and I am committed to ensuring these resources are high-quality and helpful to teachers implementing new standards in the classroom. Regardless of your years of teaching experience, content area, or district/school context, I am confident that the FIP online learning modules and resources can help you improve your practice. 

Our goal is to turn this blog into a place where you can learn more about formative instructional practices, stay up-to-date on what tools are available to you through FIP Your School, and most importantly, learn from each other. In addition to posts from me, this blog will contain entries from a variety of guest bloggers, including specialists from Battelle for Kids, our team of regional FIP Specialists, and educators using formative instructional practices in their schools and classrooms. These different perspectives will help us all to learn and grow. At the end of the day, we all share a common mission: making sure that every student in Ohio receives an education that prepares him or her for future success.

Leave a comment below about what content you would like to see featured on the blog. We're looking forward to connecting with you!

Virginia Ressa
Project Coordinator, FIP Your School Ohio
Ohio Department of Education