Dear Colleagues,

After many years of advocacy, October as Ohio Principals Month is officially written into law. It's so gratifying to see the hard work of our members be honored throughout the state! October will be a month full of ways that we -- and you! -- can celebrate the principalship.
Watch social media for ways you can play along using the hashtag #OhioPrincipalsMonth. Join OAESA and Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria in our Get on the Bus School Tour. Use our PAL toolkit to advocate for your school. Find lots of ideas to celebrate Ohio and National Principals month at

To all of our principal members, I wish you a very happy Principals Month. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are.

Julie Davis, EdD
OAESA Executive Director
Intentionally Connect
RSVP for an OAESA Regional Meeting Near You!
OAESA is coming to a town near you! Regional meetings are a fun and informative way to connect with your professional association and meet other school admins in your area. Enjoy refreshments on us, meet your zone director, and gets the latest news on education legislation, professional development, and more!

Join #ohprinchat on Twitter
Oct. 1, 8:00 - 9:00 PM
This month's topic:
Alternatives to Student Discipline

Detention versus yoga? Restorative justice circles or missing out on recess? Whatever form student discipline takes in your school, share your tips, tricks, and takeaways with colleagues across Ohio in our October Twitter Chat. Moderated by Dr. Nick Neiderhouse, principal, Maumee City Schools
Spots still available for Administrator Mentorship Program (AMP)

Being a school administrator can be challenging, but the right support will help you succeed! That's why a grant from ODE has helped OAESA and OASSA establish the Administrator Mentorship Program (AMP). The goal of the AMP program is to build capacity for all administrators who then can hone their skills, enhance their practices, redefine their roles and exercise effective leadership. Principals OR assistant principals chosen for the program will be provided with the following:

• Trained Mentor for a 1-year period
• Paid 1-year membership in OAESA or OASSA
• Voucher of $175.00 to attend any 2019-2020 OAESA/OASSA Professional Development event
• One-year subscription to the OAESA 360 Feedback Tool
• Book:  What Great Principals Do Differently  by Todd Whitaker
The deadline to apply has been extended until all slots are filled. Click here for the application packet.
Effectively Develop
Sharon Draper, Author
OAESA Reading Summit
Oct. 8, 2019 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
Join us for an exploration of creating strong reading communities with an emphasis on family engagement. Enjoy breakout sessions geared toward principals, teachers, reading specialists, intervention specialists, and literacy coaches. The day will be topped off with an exciting keynote by award-winning author Sharon Draper and Annie Ward, co-author of From Striving to Thriving. Get ready for a full day of inspirational, literacy-based learning!

- Coming in the evening before the Summit? -

OAESA's Reading Summit kicks off early on Oct. 7 with a pre-Summit dinner and programming. Join your colleagues and Project LIT's Jarred Amato to discuss combating "book deserts" with literacy initiatives that go beyond the school day. Click here to register.
Get on the Bus School Tour
October 29, starting at Granby Elementary in Worthington, OH, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Join fellow administrators and Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria to tour three award-winning Central Ohio schools in this full day of inspiration, dedication, and celebration of all that's right with public education! 

The itinerary:
  • Start at Granby Elementary, school of 2019 Ohio National Distinguished Principal Patti Schlaegel
  • Hop on the bus to Toll Gate Middle School, a National Blue Ribbon School and OAESA Hall of Fame School
  • Tour J. W. Reason Elementary, a 2019 OAESA Hall of Fame School
  • End the day back at Granby Elementary and share insights from the day
Second-in-Command: The Deans and Assistants Institute 2
Nov. 6 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
Whether you're a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, or any type of administrative intern, the "Second-in-Command" position is a diverse role with unique challenges. Explore the essential practices for school leadership, and make meaningful connections with colleagues from across the state in similar roles. 
Passionately Advocate
Free Webinar: Education Legislation with Advocacy Specialist Barbara Shaner
Free OAESA Webinar on October 25, 9:30-10:30 AM.
Participants receive one contact hour.

Listen in as Barbara Shaner, OAESA’s Advocacy Specialist, shares the latest news from the Ohio Statehouse. Hear the impact of several new laws passed by the Ohio Legislature this year that will affect your work as a school administrator, as well as other pending legislation still being considered by this General Assembly. Don’t miss this chance to hear your insider’s story, and to ask questions regarding these important issues!  

Changes to OAESA's 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Due to the recent resignation of Aretha Paydock as OAESA's Federal Relations Coordinator, Katie Nowak, currently OAESA's Zone 10 Director has been appointed to fill this role for the remainder of this school year.

We thank Ms. Paydock for her years of service to the association from 2010-2019, and wish her all the best in her new role as a consultant to school districts!

A special election to fill the role of Zone 10 Director will be held in the coming weeks. Watch for more details and a call for nominations to go out later this week.
Many thanks to our corporate partner FranklinCovey Education for sponsoring the October eNews:
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