June 2018
Dear Colleagues,

Recent events across the country have renewed the nation's focus on protecting the students and staff in our schools. The debate on school safety is raging and people are wrestling with what school districts can do to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. The education community understands that the problems and challenges facing our school leadership go beyond individual roles and even district boundaries.  The solution to school violence is not one dimensional and requires an ongoing effort in a multidisciplinary approach. The inclusion of mental health services, safety measures, improved safety features for school buildings and increased training must be enhanced to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
OAESA is taking part in a collaborative effort involving a multitude of education groups, mental health organizations and law enforcement agencies to address the issues surrounding the safety and security of Ohio's schools. Nearly 20 groups have committed themselves to working together to make a difference for the schoolchildren of this state. They have developed both short- and long-term goals that focus on mental health, safety procedures and training, cooperative relationships between law enforcement and school districts, weapons in schools, family and parental involvement and more.  

The organizations are planning a School Security and Safety Solutions Summit on Sept. 12, 2018, in Columbus. The event will be free of charge and is designed for district teams including administrators, board members, educators, school counselors, school psychologists, support staff, mental health professionals, parent leaders, law enforcement and other first responders.
The coalition also is asking for your help. If you have implemented successful practices for school safety that you are willing to discuss with the rest of the state, please share your expertise and experience and speak at this event. Any topics are welcome at this time, but we are particularly interested in the following subjects: t rauma; i dentification of resources; s chool climate; s upporting children and families; i ntervention; m anaging mental health; r oles of school psychologists and counselors; d e-escalation techniques; l egal aspects of arming staff; b uilding plan evaluations; t hreat assessment; e mergency management plans; and c ollaboration with local and county governments, among others.

To nominate a speaker or propose a topic, use this online form by June 8, 2018.

Julie Davis, EdD
OAESA Executive Director  
Still time to register for OAESA's professional conference!

Join principals, teachers, counselors, curriculum directors, and child advocates from across Ohio to explore the social-emotional resources for your school. Choose from dozens of peer-led clinics, hear powerful keynotes from Tim Kight, Peter H. Reynolds, and Stephen M. R. Covey, and connect with school teams across the state in the one-of-a-kind TEAM conference. 

We want YOU to write for OAESA's Principal Navigator

Yes, you! Educators are natural storytellers, and here's your chance to share your own story in OAESA's Principal Navigator magazine. We seek stories like:
  • What experiences have shaped you as an educator?
  • What is the story of your school?
  • Why do you get up in the morning?
  • What's the best thing that's ever happened to your school?
The submission deadline is June 15, 2018. Email submissions to navigator@oaesa.org for consideration.
Introducing the Ohio School-Based Health Toolkit

The State of Ohio is excited to announce the launch of the new Ohio School-Based Health Care Toolkit. This resource is part of a collaborative effort between the Ohio Departments of Education, Medicaid, Health, and Mental Health and Addiction Services, alongside the Governor's Office of Health Transformation, and marks the first time anywhere in the country such a broad range of state agencies have come together to work on this important issue. 

Whether it is missing class to travel to office visits, needing glasses to see the whiteboard, struggling with undiagnosed or unmanaged behavioral or mental health issues, or lacking an entry point to the primary health care system, untreated health conditions have an impact on academic achievement. By bringing health care to schools and meeting students where they are, health and learning can improve.

The Ohio School-Based Health Care Toolkit supports schools and health care providers in developing partnerships to improve student access to high quality care. This toolkit includes Ohio-specific guidance and best practices for schools and health care providers as they work together to develop the model that works best in their community 
The toolkit is available at http://education.ohio.gov/SBHealthcareToolkit. This resource will empower schools and health care providers as they work to form partnerships which improve student access to high quality care and better prepare the whole student for future success.  
Beginning Administrators Mentorship Academy (BAMA) seeks mentors and entry-level principals for 2018-19

OAESA and OASSA have teamed up to build the principal pipeline! Thanks to an ODE grant, the BAMA program will pair seasoned administrators with first- or second-year APs and principals, in addition to providing professional development and associated costs. Read the program overview for complete details.

Interested in being a mentor? Register with this form by June 1.

Know a first- or second- year admin? Encourage them to apply for this invaluable opportunity by August 1.    
ODE recognizes new Purple Star Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced 33 Ohio schools that received the Purple Star Designation  for their commitment to serving military-connected students and families. 
The list of schools that received the designation and more information on the Purple Star can be found  online here.
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Upcoming Events

Team Up! Superheroes for Kids: OAESA's Annual
Professional Conference 

June 13-15 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton

One-day and retiree rates available, too! 

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Opioid Conference for Ohio Educators

July 25, Ohio Union (OSU)

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Beginning Administrators Academy, Part 1

Sept. 11-12 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton

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OAESA Reading Summit

Oct. 9 at Nationwide Conference Center

Have you thought about joining our national affiliate, NAESP?  Now it's super easy to do. You can sign up and pay your dues online by visiting their website.

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OAESA 360 Feedback Tools

Discover your strengths and areas for growth with OAESA 360   feedback tools for principals and teachers. Aligned with OPES and OTES and recently improved with new reflective questions for even more thorough results, the OAESA 360 tool  helps educators communicate better, achieve more, and reach their highest potential! Learn more.

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