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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.

2022-2023 Dates

Become an OLAC Facilitator

September 16, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Presenters: OLAC Team

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 upgraded 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 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 modules, podcast episodes, and videos on demand
  • 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.

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OLAC 101 for Principals/Educational Leaders

September 28, 9–10:30 a.m.

Presenters: OLAC Team

Join us for a virtual exploration of the OLAC website. Explore the site and free resources, including modules, webinars, videos, and more designed for principals that are aligned to the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP). These resources are all professionally developed for you and provide an outlined pathway to your success and success for all students. Learn more about the 10 most useful resources for principals.

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Resources to Support District Planning

October 12, 9-10 a.m.

Presenters: OLAC Team

Thinking about district planning? 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.

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Three-Part Series: Confronting the Crisis of Engagement: How Leaders Gain Motivation and Commitment for Every Student and Staff Member

October 19, 2022, January 13, 2023 & May 11, 2023, 9–10:30 a.m. (all sessions)

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

Join Dr. Reeves for this three-part series on the latest research on engagement for students and staff. Learn more as he contrasts the “engagement illusion”—when things look good, but students are disengaged—to authentic engagement, which includes risk-taking, innovation, and real learning. He will also address the keys to motivation, including competence, personal meaning, progress, and a deep sense of meaning—all essential for students and classroom educators.

October 19: Explore the research and practical application of engagement strategies.
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January 13: Participate in an interactive seminar and learn to apply strategies for engagement with students and adults. Learn how schools are gaining immediate reductions in student failure rates through improvements in the accuracy of feedback and grading practices.
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May 11: Participants will demonstrate evidence of impact using the “Challenge, Practice, Results” model to show a direct connection between their leadership practices and student engagement and achievement.
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Science of Reading for ALL Learners

October 25, 2022, 9-10 a.m.

Presenters: Carrie Wood, Regional Early Literacy Specialist, SST7 and Shawna Benson, Program Director, Teaching Diverse Learners Center, OCALI

Interested in knowing what the science of reading means for students with complex needs? What is law and what is best practice? Join Carrie Wood and Shawna Benson as they explore what structured literacy looks and sounds like for each child—especially for the most vulnerable. Utilizing OCALI modules, OLAC resources, Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, Dyslexia Guidebook, and Each Child Means Each Child, graduate course offerings have been customized around the topics of assessment, instruction, and intervention to provide educators with the knowledge and tools to implement access for all students to the general curriculum using the Ohio Improvement Process as the vehicle for improving outcomes for all learners. Learn more about this limited seating opportunity to engage in the first of several hybrid course offerings that pair the science of reading with applications related to Ohio’s initiatives regarding literacy, dyslexia law, and students with complex needs.

Please note: This course will not satisfy the required hours per dyslexia law. Credit/Non-credit options: One, two and three graduate credit options are available. Don't need credit? A LPDC certificate pathway is also available.

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Contact Jim Gay or Karel Oxley.