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What You Missed at the 2016 Action Forum

On December 13, nearly 600 Ohio education leaders gathered for the 2016 OLAC Action Forum in Columbus to learn, network, and collaborate around the use and impact of the OLAC tools and resources to strengthen leadership practices.

The Forum, which was held in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), featured a general session on supporting leadership and improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and 12 learning sessions from Ohio superintendents, principals, teachers, and others.

ODE's session provided attendees with an overview of ESSA, with a specific focus on supports for vulnerable student populations, including neglected, delinquent, homeless, foster care, and military dependent. The engaging and interactive session provided insight around the current challenges districts face, and shared ideas on how to enhance leadership development and improvement under the new law, and how OLAC' free professional learning resources support educators.

During the Forum each year, OLAC also recognizes one Ohio school district for their outstanding leadership around the implementation of the practices in the Ohio Leadership Framework, use of OLAC tools for district and individual professional development, and support for regional/state OLAC professional development opportunities. The 2016 OLAC Outstanding District Award was presented to Canton City School District.

Other sessions ranged from leading teacher-based teams (TBTs) and creating a culture of collaboration and accountability to how to connect the components of the 5-step framework.

If you missed the Acton Forum, you can check out the learning session presentations and resources. You can also recap the Twitter conversations on social media by searching #OLAC.

Quick Reminders

If you haven't checked out our Voices from the Field campaign, we encourage you to! These stories features educators from across the state who are using OLAC tools in innovative ways to achieve real results. If you have experienced results using OLAC tools and would like to be featured, please contact OLAC co-directors Jim Gay and Don Washburn.

Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Ohio Deans Compact Annual Statewide Conference: February 2-3 with the pre-conference on February 1-2 at the Conference Center at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio.

Leadership Essentials, Part II with Brian McNulty: March 16 at Quest Conference Center, co-sponsored by OASSA and OAESA. This is the second part of a two-part presentation; however, participants did not need to attend the first session to attend the second session.