Dear Colleagues,

First the bad news: In our travels to schools throughout Ohio, OAESA's executive team has heard a constant cry for help: support for students' social-emotional wellness. We all know that the challenges our students bring from home don't just stay at home and have far-reaching impact on their learning, peer interactions, and overall school experience.

Now the good news: Those cries for help have been heard, and Governor Mike DeWine earmarked a $675 million fund for Student Wellness and Success. These funds were intentionally designed to give school districts maximum flexibility, and Gov. DeWine is encouraging schools to establish new programs and expand on existing behavioral and physical health care services in schools and wrap supports—such as mentoring and afterschool programs—around our students. 

Gov. DeWine and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria last week launched a new Student Wellness and Success website that provides resources for schools as they plan how to best provide for students’ wellness needs. Use these resources to set your own big plans in motion! Here's one incredible example of wraparound services in this recent New York Times article featuring OAESA board member Ryan McGraw, Minford Elementary!

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! RSVP for a meeting near you.
Ohio Department of Education issues cursive writing guidance
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently released a new section of the state's model curriculum for English Language Arts. Under House Bill 58, which became effective July 1, the department was required to provide information on the development of handwriting and include supplemental instructional materials in the English Language Arts Model Curriculum. Review the Guidance and Supports document here.
Cleveland Browns, ODE, Harvard partner on attendance initiative
The Cleveland Browns Foundation, ODE, and Proving Ground at Harvard have launched the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game Network, a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism. This service, free to all Ohio schools, is designed to connect users to each other, to experts, and to attendance-focused resources, strategies, and evaluation tools. For more information, visit
Effectively Develop
Crowdfunding Best Practices for K-12 Schools
Free OAESA Webinar on September 20, 9:30-10:30 AM.
Participants receive one contact hour.

Public schools have long used donations to enrich students' academic experience and to fund materials that system budgets cannot always afford. Crowdfunding is becoming a viable source for those resource gaps. However, because the practice is poorly understood, it may result in unexpected liabilities without the proper partners and safeguards in place. Hosted by financial experts from Horace Mann and, this session will share how your school can maximize participation in crowdfunding while maintaining financial transparency and accountability, integrity controls, privacy, and safety. 

There's still time! New admins, register now for the Beginning Administrators Academy
Part 1: Sept. 16-17, Part 2: Dec. 11-12, 2019 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton
Created for the new and growing administrator, this two-part academy is designed to help new admins 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 provides the tools needed to run a successful school community. 

Second-in-Command: The Deans and Assistants Institute
Institute 1: Oct. 1, and 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 in similar roles from across the state. Topics will include:
  • PBIS and restorative practices
  • Leveraging technology for productivity and connectivity
  • Collaborating with your supervisor
  • Aspirational leadership: Assessing readiness for your next role
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.
Passionately Advocate
Ohio Ambylope Registry: free resources to save kids' vision
The Ohio Amblyope Registry (OAR) is the first statewide registry for children and families with amblyopia. The OAR provides free treatment supplies (eye patches), educational information, and support to any child under the age of 18 and their family in the state of Ohio diagnosed with amblyopia (lazy eye). Every child, regardless of household income, can receive additional free eye patches, education, compliance information and support during their patching treatment.    Get details here
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