Wow! We made it to the end of another year! Time to celebrate success and reflect on what we could do better. As for OhioASCD we partnered with High Schools That Work for a successful conference in November (Celebrating Educators: The Power of YOU). Many of the breakout sessions were given by Ohio teachers who have found effective ways to interact with students in their particular subject areas. In January, we hosted Gearing Up for Change with Char Shyrock, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Bay Village Schools, taking us “Beyond the Crosswalk: Creating a Literacy Mindset in a Time of Change”. And as I write this, we look forward to the first of June when we will present “Using Desmos as an Innovative Instructional Tool” under the tutelage of Bob Batty, Mathematics Consultant for Darke County Schools. Each of these conferences had good reviews. We are taking suggestions from attendees on ways to be even better next year, just as you reflect on ways to be more effective with your students next year.
Beginning with October 11, 2018, we introduce our theme for the year Social Emotional Learning for All Students. Each of three conferences will address a different aspect. October is “Laying the Foundation” followed by “Examining Tools and Resources” in the winter and “Exploring What is Working” in the spring. We hope you will join us and as you make your journey perhaps even agree to lead a breakout session to share what you found effective during the year.
This is also the time I say “Goodbye” as my term as president of OhioASCD is ending. John Farley will be taking on the role of president for the next year. This will be his second term as president. Presently, John works with the Ohio Alliance for the Arts in Columbus. He has a real passion for education and finding the best approaches to increase learning opportunities for the children of Ohio. Join me in welcoming him back to the presidency.
Thanks for visiting the website. Find some joy and relaxation this summer.
Beth Muskopf, Ph.D.
President Ohio ASCD