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Professional Learning Series

Join the OLAC team for a series of free professional learning sessions designed to provide educators with the structures and resources necessary to develop and support effective leadership at every level. Explore OLAC’s latest online learning tools, including modules, webinars, videos, podcast episodes, and more to support educators as they work to embed essential leadership practices at every level of a school system. Remember, all resources are free and you can earn credit.

Watch recorded PD sessions at on On-Demand page.

2021-2022 Dates

Leadership Challenges Today:  Staffing, Morale, Discipline, and Student Failures

January 14, 2022, 9-11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Doug Reeves, Founder, Creative Leadership Solutions

Join Dr. Doug Reeves for an interactive session to discuss the urgent needs of Ohio school leaders this school year and beyond. He will specifically discuss the Ohio Improvement Process, Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, and Ohio’s strategic plan, Each Child, Our Future as vehicles to address critical needs in staffing, morale, discipline, and student challenges. Hear success stories from Ohio and discuss how to maximize the impact of team meetings at the teacher, principal, and district levels.

Become an OLAC Facilitator

March 4, 2022, 9-11:30 a.m.

From the beginning, the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council’s goal has been to provide educators – no matter their role – with the structures and resources they need to develop shared and effective leadership at every level. OLAC is proud to offer free resources to support your personal or team’s professional learning—in a safe online environment and at your convenience. By becoming a certified OLAC facilitator, you will be able to share these resources with others and demonstrate how to integrate them into their leadership and instructional practices. Become familiar with and gain working knowledge of:

  • The OLAC web platform, including new features and enhanced functionality
  • How to use module, webinar, podcast, and video content to enhance the effectiveness of district and building leadership teams and teacher-based teams (DLTs, BLTs, TBTs)
  • Updated Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES) Crosswalk—Lead superintendents/principals through the Principal Crosswalk, which aligns relevant OLAC modules, webinars, podcasts, and videos to the Ohio Principal Standards
  • Updated Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) Crosswalk—Lead principals/teachers through the Teacher Crosswalk, which aligns relevant OLAC modules, webinars, podcasts, and videos to the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. Crosswalks are provided for OTES 1.0 and 2.0.
  • How to support superintendents, principals, and teachers in developing a professional growth plan
  • New Team Assessment—Become familiar with the new Systemic Improvement Practices Review (SIPR), an online team assessment designed for DLTs.
  • New on-demand modules, podcast episodes, and videos
  • Credit options—Become familiar with templates for workshop offerings using OLAC modules that can be presented to colleges and universities for consideration for college credit. Facilitators will also become familiar for LPDC credit options available through the OLAC website.

Shared Accountability: The Why, Who, How, and What of Teams

April 1, 2022, 9-10:30 a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Andy Tommelleo, Superintendent, Liberty Local Schools

Join Dr. Andy Tommelleo as he shares how he has implemented OLAC tools and strategies for shared accountability in his role as superintendent and his former role as an SST consultant. He will highlight the OLAC module, Shared Accountability, and share how to directly apply the information from the module to your school improvement efforts.

Continuing the Courageous Conversations Needed in Educational Leadership

May 6, 2022, 9-11 a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Cathy Lassiter, Author, How Leadership Works: A Playbook for Instructional Leaders, and former 35-year public school teacher, principal, and central office administrator

Join Cathy Lassiter, an international consultant and significant contributor to OLAC resources, for an interactive session about having courageous conversations in all areas of leadership in education. Learn new ideas on how to create shared and distributive leadership and how to begin next school year with a courageous, collaborative plan of successful and engaged school improvement. She will also share more about her new book, How Leadership Works: A Playbook for Instructional Leaders, being published in April 2022.

Resources to Support District Planning

May 13, 9-10 a.m.

Presenters: OLAC Team

Thinking about district planning for next year? We’ve got a great resource to get you started. Learn more about our newest assessment, the Systemic Improvement Practices Review (SIPR)—a survey used with district-level team members to receive feedback on district practices in four key areas, including:

  • Promoting system-wide learning,
  • Prioritizing teaching and learning,
  • Building capacity through support and accountability, and
  • Sustaining an open and collaborative culture.

Learn more about how to administer the survey, how to use the results, the supporting discussion questions, and the suggested OLAC resources that can be used to build capacity in each of the four key areas listed above. The SIPR is a great tool for generating productive discussions and planning for what’s next in district efforts.

My Favorite OLAC Tools and How to Put Them to Use Immediately

May 20, 9am-12pm

Presenters: Ohio SST Directors, including: Becky Rees, Michele Moore, Betsy Apolito, Lynn McKahan, George Csanyi, Jeffrey Royalty, Teresa Brown, and Lori Jenkins

Hear from Ohio State Support Team (SST) directors from across Ohio as they share their favorite OLAC tools and how you can begin using them immediately in your school improvement work.


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