The Leading Edge Blog


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This blog is written by members of the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC), a partnership between the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Please note that the information provided in each blog post represents the individual author's point of view and does not necessarily reflect the position of the OLAC, BASA or ODE.



Preparing for Fall During COVID-19

June 25, 2020

By Kimberly Kingsbury, Curriculum Director, Canton City Schools

As I was standing in a checkout line yesterday, with my mask and appropriate social distancing of course, I noticed amongst the many impulse buy items the classic “Magic 8 Ball” toy. Remember that one? You ask it a question about the future, give it a shake, and wait for your answer. You can get up to 20 different responses ranging from “it is certain” to “don’t count on it” to “ask again later.” I laughed out loud thinking that it seems like it’s just what we need to help plan for school in the fall.


Lessons Learned from Pickerington Local Schools

May 11, 2020

By Sharon Caccimelio

Pickerington’s Virtual TBTs and BLTs

As schools everywhere adjusted to Ohio's stay-at-home order and extended school closures, Pickerington Local School District (PLSD) teachers and administrators continued to meet in TBTs and BLTs to sustain the work they have engaged in all school year.


Supporting Teachers to Support Diverse Learners

April 24, 2020

Guest blog by Josh Englehart, Ed.S., Ph.D., Superintendent, Painesville City Schools

A major point of pride in Painesville City Schools is our diversity. Fifty-three percent of our students are Hispanic, 20% are white, 18% are black, and 9% are multi-racial. One out of every four of our students is an English Language Learner. Our students come to us from a wide variety of backgrounds, with a vast array of different experiences.


Staying Engaged in the School Improvement Process

April 3, 2020

Guest blog by Kevin Casey, Student Services Coordinator, Middletown City Schools

Similar to what Isaac Newton acknowledged when discussing earlier scientists in 1675, the OLAC resources have provided me as an educational leader with the ability to see further "by standing on the shoulders of giants." For an active user like myself, the OLAC resources are a user-friendly database, or some would even say, a warehouse of best practices from renowned educational leaders, that work. With these resources at hand, I do not have to be, nor can I realistically be, an expert in every area of education.


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