Lead the Way: Ideas & Insights for Education Leaders

The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council believes in the power of leadership as a lever for improved instructional practice and school performance. And we believe that leadership should not be viewed as a role, but as a set of essential practices directed toward the improvement of instruction with the ultimate aim of increasing students' learning.

The way we improve instructional practice and school performance is by providing educators with the structures and resources necessary to develop shared leadership at every level of the school system.

The Lead the Way podcast features various ideas and insights for education leaders to use to enhance their own instructional and leadership practices, and that of the teams they serve.

Episode List

Episode 1: Promoting a Culture of Inquiry Through Formative Assessment

April 1, 2018

This podcast focuses on the role of formative assessment in improving instruction, increasing collaboration, and enhancing engagement of students and teachers. Hear from four educators as they describe how formative assessment has changed practices at the district, building, and classroom levels.

Michael McCormick, Superintendent, Val Verde School District in Perris, California
Kiel Strathman, 5th-Grade Teacher, Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, Val Verde District
Rhonda Peeples, Principal, Alpine Elementary School, Columbus City School District
John Maynard, Principal, Ironton Elementary School, Ironton City School District

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Episode 2: Learning about Coaching from Ohio Leaders

November 12, 2018

This podcast focuses on ways that coaching benefits individuals (for instance, teachers and principals) and teams (for instance, DLTs, BLTs, and TBTs). It describes how coaching augments professional development programs, such as OLI4 as well as how it is used to support the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP).

Rick Carrington, School Improvement Consultant, SST 15
Josh Englehart, Superintendent, Painesville Local City Schools
Deborah Tully, Director of Educational Issues, Ohio Federation of Teachers

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Episode #3: Instructional Leadership

January 2, 2019

Two Ohio principals share their perspectives on what it takes to be a leader of learning in their respective school buildings. Regardless of leadership styles, several themes emerge in this session that are key to creating a learning culture in the school. Garnering support for school improving efforts, maintaining focus, and practical strategies to bringing the staff together around this important work are among the topics shared in this session.


Aaron Bouie, Principal, Schreiber Elementary Schools, Canton City School District

Terri Garrett, Principal, Gorsuch West Elementary School, Lancaster City School District

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