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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.



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Questions And Answers About OLAC's Resources to Support Ohio Revised Gifted Operating Standards

February 27, 2018

Guest Blog: Dr. Aimee Howley, Professor Emeritus, Ohio University

In December, the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) launched a series of new professional learning resources that satisfy the 30-hour, year one requirement for teachers working with gifted students in the regular classroom. These resources address the purposes and objectives specified in the Ohio Department of Education, Gifted Education Professional Development Resource Guide (2017).


What You Missed at the 2017 Action Forum

January 11, 2018

On December 12, more than 500 Ohio education leaders gathered for the 2017 OLAC Action Forum in Columbus to learn, network, and collaborate around the use and impact of the OLAC tools and resources to strengthen leadership practices.


Curriculum Module

Newly Updated Curriculum Module Now Available

November 27, 2017

Put simply, curriculum specifies what to teach— traditionally conceptualized as "the knowledge of most worth.” The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) defines curriculum broadly as the way content is designed and delivered. It includes the structure, organization, balance, and presentation of expected or recommended study topics that address content standards and meet local expectations.


Cathy Lassiter

Leading from a Courageous Mindset

September 29, 2017

Guest Blog by: Cathy Lassiter, Author, Everyday Courage for School Leaders

In your work as a school leader, you have probably found yourself in situations that caused some anxiety or fear. You struggled to do the right thing according to your core values but the fallout might bring some negative consequence for you or your school. All school leaders have faced these dilemmas and all have heard the inner voices speaking to us about what decision to make, what direction to take, and what actions are best.

Which voice we listen to is a matter of choice. School leaders must make the conscious choice to listen to the inner of voice of strength, confidence, power and passion, as opposed to falling victim to the voice of fear, helplessness, and powerlessness. All too often, we make the mistake of thinking we cannot take bold action because we are not smart enough, or respected enough or powerful enough. These fears are normal, but they prevent us from leading courageously. Following are three strategies to help you override your fear and build a courageous mindset.


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