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This module assists higher education faculty who teach in programs that prepare teachers and school leaders. It shows them how to use resources from the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) and the Moving Your Numbers (MYN) project to infuse educational improvement concepts and skills into curricula that lead to teacher and principal licensure.

This module considers:

  • Ohio’s Leadership Development Framework;
  • The relevance of the Ohio Improvement Process to prospective educators;
  • The alignment between OLAC resources and foundational (Transfer Assurance Guide—TAG) courses in teacher education curricula; and
  • Various ways to use OLAC and Moving Your Numbers resources to augment courses in programs for teacher and administrator preparation

Discussion Questions

  1. What criteria do you use to select books, articles, blogs, websites, and so on to include as resources in your teacher- or administrator-preparation courses? Which OLAC and MYN materials fit these criteria best?


  2. What resources in addition to readings do you most often adopt (or adapt) to make your courses relevant to teacher and administrator candidates? Which resources of these types might you select from the OLAC and/or Moving Your Numbers websites?


  3. Which resources cited in (and linked from) OLAC modules present knowledge and skills that would add meaningfully to your teacher- or administrator-preparation courses?


  4. What materials and instructional strategies do you use to help candidates learn to function effectively in the collaborative culture of most contemporary schools? Can OLAC resources help? In what ways?


  5. How might you use the OTES and/or OPES crosswalks in your educator preparation courses?


  6. How might faculty members who teach similar courses (within or across institutions of higher education) organize themselves into communities of practice (COPs) in order to learn from one another? Are there ways that OLAC resources or efforts might support COPs with this aim?


Activities

Introductory Activities

  1. Fundamental Commitments

    Identify one of OLAC’s fundamental commitments. Then discuss its applicability to your IHE’s teacher- and/or administrator-preparation curricula. Some possible OLAC commitments to consider are (a) inclusivity, equity, and social justice; (b) collaborative professional cultures; (c) shared leadership; (d) continuous improvement; and (e) evidence-based practice.

  2. Teaching Cases

    Use one of OLAC’s teaching cases as a basis for a collegial discussion about what makes an effective school district. Talk about how a shared vision of what makes an effective school district infuses your teacher- and/or administrator-preparation programs.

  3. OLAC Resources

    Select an OLAC resource that might be used as part of your IHE’s efforts to develop, improve, and sustain clinical partnerships with local schools and districts. In what specific ways might the resource be used?


Advanced Activities

  1. OLAC Modules

    With colleagues from your department or program, review the content of one or more OLAC modules to determine which readings, videos, tools, or linked resources might augment an existing course in one of your IHE’s teacher- or administrator-preparation programs. Develop a plan for adding the resource to the course and evaluating its effectiveness.

  2. Shared Commitments

    As part of your IHE’s effort to provide PD to the clinical supervisors who partner with your teacher- or administrator-preparation programs, identify OLAC videos, podcasts, and/or webinars that would promote meaningful learning and cultivate shared commitments. Develop a plan for a workshop (e.g., the agenda, slide deck, activities, and so on) that draws on one or more of those OLAC resources.

  3. Case Studies

    Collecting and analyzing case study data can be a powerful way for candidates to learn about a wide range of educational practices (e.g., teaching, making effective use of data, sharing leadership). Using the OLAC case studies as a model, develop a case-study protocol to structure a group project for one of your courses.


You can earn credit and contact hours for modules, webinars, and podcasts completed on the OLAC site.

For more information, visit the Credit Corner. If you’re seeking credit for the Gifted Education Professional Development Course or the Culturally Responsive Practices Program courses, you can find that information on the course overview pages.