As the chill of the season sets in, there's no better time to take a moment to warm the hearts of your staff and colleagues by nominating a school or a deserving educator for one of OAESA's annual awards.

You've always known your school is incredible; here is your chance to prove it by achieving the Hall of Fame designation. Or show your secretary or assistant principal that you recognize and value their contributions with a nomination. Principals, the NAESP National Distinguished Principal Award is up for grabs, too. Do you have what it takes?

OAESA's Awards Program is just one of the many ways we passionately advocate for our members and their school communities. And even if you don't win, the old cliche remains true: "It is an honor just to be nominated!"

Check out some of the celebrations for last year's winners below, and then click here to submit your nominations.

Julie Davis, EdD
OAESA Executive Director
Brian Lyons receives his Outstanding Assistant Principal award at the annual conference.
T.J. Ebert is honored at the NAESP National Distinguished Principal award gala.
Intentionally Connect
Now Open: 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:

  • STRAND 1: Intentionally Connect (Connecting to community, family, staff, PBIS, culture, social media, technology and communication)

  • STRAND 2: Effectively Develop (Advancing academic achievement, professional development for self and staff, new curricula, addressing the needs of learners at all levels)

  • STRAND 3: Passionately Advocate (Championing the unique needs of each student, such as: funding, resources, health care, food insecurity, well being, legislative)

  • STRAND 4: The Magic of Why: Stories of Purpose (Sharing your why: the reason you've chosen this career)

booktalks at Reading Summit
Resources from OAESA's Reading Summit

OAESA's first-ever Reading Summit in October 2018 was a great opportunity for practical, relevant professional learning around the topic of equity and access for literacy in Ohio schools. Featuring keynote speakers Donalyn Miller and Byron V. Garrett, members enjoyed a day of inspirational, literacy-based learning! Below are just a few of the incredible resources provided to attendees.

A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors.

We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need.

A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls.

Intentionally connect without leaving your office

Did you know Twitter is a great tool for educators? Connect with colleagues across the state, bounce ideas off your colleagues, and share your "A-ha's" at OAESA's monthly #ohprinchat!

Join this month's chat for "Supporting Gifted Learners" on Nov. 6 at 9:30 AM.

Tip Sheet from the ODE Office of Professional Conduct

Educators have a visible place in their communities. The choices they make, even when well-intended, can affect their jobs, families, schools and profession. The Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Education Association, and Ohio Federation of Teachers, supported by BASA, OASSA and OAESA offer this series of tip sheets on how to recognize situations that can get good educators in trouble.

Effectively Develop
Online Info Sessions for SAIL for Education Leadership Programs
Did you know that through OAESA's partnership with Concordia University Chicago, our SAIL for Education program offers multiple leadership programs for educators, including MA, EdD, PhD and licensure. With more than 500 students, we are one of the top leadership preparation programs in Ohio!

If you or your staff are pursuing that next degree, check out our upcoming online information sessions, 6:00 to 7:00 PM on either December 4th or 5th.

Assistant Principals Conference
Nov. 8 - 9, 2018 at Hilton Columbus at Easton
This informative and engaging two-day event focuses on running a successful school with the diverse position of the assistant principal in mind. Learn and connect with colleagues from across Ohio as we discuss the challenges faced on the job and uncover the secrets of success.

Secretaries Conference
November 15-16, 2018 at the DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington
An efficient school secretary truly works magic! This practical, hands-on session is designed to help your secretary—and school—go to the next level with topics from time management and organization, to tech skills, office management, and legal updates. Highlights include:

  • Keynote Finding the Funny in Change by humorist Jan McInnis
  • Google Training for Secretaries
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Giveaways, networking, and more!

Can't spare your secretary for two days?
Single-day rates are available! DAY 1 ONLY -or- DAY 2 ONLY
Aspiring to the Superintendency
Nov. 29, 2018 at Hilton Columbus at Easton
Interested in the superintendency? Power up for the next phase in your career. This workshop will show you challenges today’s superintendents face, the politics of the position, how to work with school boards, negotiating your contract, and most importantly: what principals DON’T know about the position!

Beginning Administrators Academy, Part II
Dec. 5-6, 2018 at Hilton Columbus at Easton
The Beginning Administrators Academy is designed to help you bridge the gap from theory to practice by providing guidance, networking, and a thorough overview of the practical details of your new role. Led by experienced principals, superintendents, and other education community leaders, BAA gives you all the tools you need to run a successful school community. Missed part 1? No problem! Part I offers stand-alone learning without prerequisites.
Book your room  by November 4 for discounted conference rates
FREE WEBINAR: Stuff We Think about Literacy That’s Just Plain Wrong 
presented by Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, myON by Renaissance
Nov. 30, 9:30-10:30 AM
There’s no shortage of conversation about literacy among educators. Yet, despite this, most students don’t experience substantive growth after Grade 4, placing literacy in the category of those essential educational elements that may get more lip service than true, definitive action. This free webinar will bring clarity to this topic and to lead you to bold insights about how you can more fully unleash the power of literacy in your schools, including:

  • Three powerful, often overlooked, actions that drastically improve student performance
  • The most viable way to build a robust vocabulary in students
  • The undeniable yet overlooked role of background knowledge
  • The changing role of independent reading across all grade levels
  • The powerful role of broad, independent reading in developing highly literate students

Passionately Advocate
Interested in Education Public Policy? Want to Advocate for your Profession?
Ohio University’s Patton College of Education and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs partnered to offer the Education Public Policy and Leadership Certificate (EPPLC) program, an engaging yearlong online program that begins January 2019. The EPPLC program is a dynamic 12-month experience that will forever connect you with a network of peers and increase your employability in the education public policy arena. 

Many thanks to OAESA's corporate partner AXA for sponsoring our November eNews:
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