Dear Colleagues,
Happy New Year! If you follow OAESA on Twitter, you know that we have been encouraging followers to identify one word that will be their driving force, their why, their purpose in 2019 and tweet @OAESA using the hashtag #OneWord2019. It has been fun to read members’ words and learn their focus for the coming year.

But, how do we really operationalize those words to keep this from being merely a social media exercise? The best way I can suggest is with intention. Whatever your word is, look for ways to intentionally activate that word in your life. Be aware and conscious of ways to have that word front and center in your thinking and your actions.

For example, the word I selected for 2019 is “joy”. The dictionary defines joy as the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation. While happiness simply pleases a person, joy brings warmth and contentment to that person’s heart. Happiness comes from the outside, while joy comes from within. Well, if it has to come from within, what are strategies I can intentionally use to keep “filling that bucket” of joy? How can I be sure I am not merely leading, but, rather, experiencing the joy of leading and living?

I’ve come up with three ideas so far. First, I am going to prioritize taking a couple of small breaks during the day so I can connect with colleagues, reflect, and recharge. Secondly, I love to read, so I am dedicating more time to daily reading to intentionally model that leaders are readers. And, the last thing I am trying to do is to play the piano much more. I took lessons from childhood through college and then actually taught piano lessons, but these days I usually only play carols for my family during the holidays. This year I realized how much joy and relaxation that brings me, so I intend to get back into it.
Whether you posted on Twitter or not, ask yourself what’s your word for 2019? And how are you going to bring that word to life? I’d love to hear about it!

Julie Davis, EdD
OAESA Executive Director
Intentionally Connect
LAST CALL: Submit a clinic proposal to present at OAESA's annual professional conference

There's magic in the making, and you can be part of it as a presenter at The Magic of Why: Stories of Purpose, OAESA's 2019 professional conference!

We are seeking presentations relevant to pre-K, elementary, middle-level and/or central office administrators, with preference given to clinics that align with the following strands:

  • Intentionally Connect (Connecting to community, family, staff, PBIS, culture, social media, technology and communication)

  • Effectively Develop (Advancing academic achievement, professional development for self and staff, new curricula, addressing the needs of learners at all levels)

  • Passionately Advocate (Championing the unique needs of each student, such as: funding, resources, health care, food insecurity, well being, legislative)

  • The Magic of Why: Stories of Purpose (Sharing your why: the reason you've chosen this career)

TeachArtsOhio grants now accepting applications
The Ohio Arts Council is now accepting applications for its TeachArtsOhio program for the 2019-2020 school year. TeachArtsOhio aims to expand learning opportunities in arts and culture and increase academic achievement through schools’ collaboration with a professional artist in the classroom. Engagement with a teaching artist (such as an actor, musician, poet, creative writer/author, visual artist, etc.) can vary from short introductory exposures lasting a minimum of three days to in-depth immersive experiences spanning a full school year. Grants through the TeachArtsOhio program are awarded to schools to cover the full cost of artist fees.

Updated Guidelines are available on the OAC website, and schools can now begin their applications in the OAC’s online grants management system, ARTIE. The deadline to apply for 2019-2020 projects is February 1, 2019. For questions or application assistance, reach out to Jarred Small, Arts Learning Coordinator, at 614-728-4481.
Literacy grant opportunity for greater Cincinnati-area
Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and WCPO Channel 9 on Your Side are leveraging resources to provide a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit or school that supports family literacy in underserved neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.The grant will fund a single organization that will equip children with strong reading skills today to ensure brighter futures. 

Effectively Develop
FREE WEBINAR: The Purpose of Writing With Purpose
presented by Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger, authors, poets and keynote speakers for OAESA's 2019 professional conference
January 25, 9:30-10:30 AM
Building on real reasons to write, authors Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger will discuss how their writing frameworks jump-start writing and other communication skills—and in this way, help all students become thriving writers. Children learn to write by writing—a lot—for a real purpose about things that matter to them, including their content area learning. We engage all learners by creating a culture of conversation in the classroom, following a consistent lesson progression that scaffolds revision into the writing process. Easy, fun, and effective!

Legal Update Seminar
February 7, 2019, in Dublin, Ohio
Smart school administrators know how to stay on top of education’s constantly changing laws and legal issues. Legal experts from Bricker & Eckler, Attorneys at Law, will be on hand to demystify these changes with a focus on the legislative issues schools need to know. Attendees will receive 4.8 contact hours.

Hot Topics
March 12, 2019, in Dublin, Ohio
The heat is on for school administrators across Ohio, and the uncertainties around new initiatives and demands can make it hard to keep your cool. Don’t sweat it! Our experts are here to answer your burning questions and address all the hot-button issues affecting education and administration today. Attendees will receive 5 contact hours.

~ FEATURED TEAM EVENT! Limited to 85 participants ~
Rigorous Reading: Access Points for Comprehending Complex Informational Text featuring Nancy Frey
March 14, 2019, in Independence, Ohio
Bring your staff and join renowned educator & author Dr. Nancy Frey for a deep dive into deep reading! This team event will explore best practices in developing student literacy skills, while leveraging the expertise of your own staff and colleagues. Attendees receive 5 contact hours, breakfast & lunch, and a bag of hand-picked titles from Dr. Frey and National Geographic Learning.

Passionately Advocate
House Bill 58 - Cursive Writing Bill Questions Answered
The passage and signing by the governor of House Bill 58, requiring age-appropriate supplemental materials on cursive writing in ODE's model curriculum, has elicited many questions from members regarding what is expected at the school and district level. Please be aware that the language of the bill makes no new mandates--neither requiring schools/districts utilize the new materials, nor requiring teaching cursive writing--so the bill's passage does not affect individual buildings or districts. In fact, ODE's existing model curriculum for cursive writing requires minimal, if any, changes due to this bill.
Understanding Each Child, Our Future: An introduction to ODE's upcoming series
Each Child, Our Future is Ohio’s five-year strategic plan to ensure each student enjoys a bright future thanks to an excellent preK-12 education experience. More than 150 Ohio-based partners helped develop Each Child, Our Future, along with feedback from 1,200 Ohio parents, caregivers, preK-12 and postsecondary educators, employers, business leaders, community members, state legislators and students.

Nominations open for assessment committees related to Ohio testing
The Ohio Department of Education now is accepting applications for participants to serve on three types of assessment committees tied to Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. ODE encourages Ohio’s educators and content specialists to help Ohio create valid, reliable assessments.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM on January 18. Get details here.
Congratulations to Schools of Promise and Schools of Honor
Throughout Ohio, there are many schools where each and every day students are being challenged, prepared and empowered. In December, ODE recognized schools with a substantial proportion of economically disadvantaged students (40 percent or more) for reaching high academic achievement. Congratulations to the four Schools of Promise, three High Performing Schools of Honor, and 66 High Progress Schools of Honor recognized!

Click here for the complete list of Schools of Promise and Schools of Honor.
Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators
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