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President's Message

Greetings OhioASCD Members:

Our Winter Conference was held at the Xenos Conference Center in Columbus on February 7, 2019. The conference, “Taking the SEL Deep Dive,“ was the second in a three-part series. It focused on creating and sustaining a school and community culture that supports all student’s social, emotional and academic growth and development.

The conference opened with a keynote address from State Superintendent Paolo De Maria. He discussed “The Future of Social Emotional Learning in Ohio.” The keynote was followed by in-depth training sessions that provided participants with a number of strategies and techniques for implementation with students in their own schools and classrooms.

Our upcoming spring conference is scheduled for May 2, 2019, at Xenos. The conference theme, “What Works — Examining Tools, Resources, and Supports,” will focus on a variety of strategies and programs that are successfully addressing the SEL needs of Ohio students.

Dr. Antoinette Miranda, Professor of the School Psychology Program at The Ohio State University, member of the State Board of Education and our keynote, will talk about “SEL Programs in Schools — Increasing Academic Achievement and Developing Well-Rounded Students.”

Participants will choose from a variety of sessions presented by teachers, administrators and mental health professionals who are currently working throughout Ohio addressing the SEL needs of students and their families. Topics will include:

  • Thriving Learning Communities: Transform Your School Culture for Student Success
  • SELLA: Social Emotional Learning/ Language Arts Curriculum (K-6)
  • Responsive Classroom and SEL
  • Rise Sister Rise - Black Girls in Urban Settings, Building Resiliency
  • Bibliotherapy by the Campfire: Using Texts to Heal
  • Empowering Students with Self-Advocacy Plans
  • Updates on the Northland High School SEL Pilot

These are but a few of the sixteen presentations from which you can choose. I hope each of you will be able to attend and, if possible, bring a team of colleagues with you so that all sessions are viewed. Please note that at this conference, we are also adding nonprofit and for-profit exhibits focusing on SEL programs and services.

We look forward to having you join us for our next event. Space is limited so register early.

Dr. John Farley, PhD,

OhioASCD President

P.S. Registration is now open. For additional information including location and fees, click on the OhioASCD Conference Banner.

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