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President's Message

Hello OhioASCD Members,

I hope the 2019-2020 school year is going well for each of you. OhioASCD is prepared to support your professional development needs as you help your students face the challenges they confront daily. I hope you will review the benefits offered by your OhioASCD membership and encourage your colleagues to consider becoming members.

Did You Know… OhioASCD is working to expand member benefits?

  • We are partnering with organizations like Amazon and ASCD who offer revenue sharing with charitable non-profit organizations.
  • To take advantage of our Amazon partnership, select OhioASCD as your charitable organization when you use Amazon Smile. Just use the following portal every time you order items from Amazon or Amazon Prime Smile (
  • To take advantage of our ASCD partnership, use the Ohio PASS code when you purchase anything from ASCD including a membership, product, book or conference registration. Simply use the code OHAFF when you call 1-800-933-ASCD or visit  to make a purchase. Or, if you have a print ASCD order form, just write our PASS code in the space provided.
  • If you are a joint ASCD and OhioASCD member, you can take advantage of member benefits such as: LifeLockĀ® monitoring for protection of your personal information; discount shopping online or in person for up to 80% on thousands of preferred products at Office Depot and OfficeMax stores; as well as travel and insurance discounts. Find out more at
  • OhioASCD maintains a strong relationship with Ashland University in order to offer graduate credit for OhioASCD programs at a low rate.
  • Stay connected with other educators by following us on Twitter @OhioASCD. 

Did You Know…OhioASCD has an Emerging Leader program? 


  • The Influence and Policy Team of OhioASCD is investigating opportunities to present OhioASCD programs and services to pre-service teachers. The sharing of valuable ASCD resources provides an introduction to a variety of highly regarded educational supports.

  • OhioASCD is collaborating with the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA), the Ohio Education Association (OEA), the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, and WOSU Public Media to form One Voice Ohio. The collaboration project is in alignment with and in support of the Ohio Strategic Plan for education. The project is designed to promote the well-being of every student with an emphasis on increasing social and emotional literacy.

  • The OhioASCD Executive Director presented the concept of live-streamed blended learning at the International ASCD Leader to Leader Conference in November. The presentation was designed to inform and enlist support for the collaboration and for additional financial resources.

Did You Know… 

  • Our next conference, focusing on "The SEL Journey: Continuing to Supporting the Needs of the Whole Child" will be held on February 6, 2020. Registration is open! Please use this link to register ( The conference will be held at the Xenos Conference Center in Columbus from 8 am to 3 pm. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration. Our keynote speaker this year is Melissa McClain. Her engaging presentation focuses on Managing Trauma in the Classroom.  As one participant has noted, "I have been focusing on SEL for years and had so many take-aways from her keynote that I can implement tomorrow."

  • This year we sent out a request for proposals and received over 60 from around the state. These sessions reach a wide variety of audiences including teachers, counselors, and building and district administrators. Sessions focus on classroom, building, and district strategies to support the needs of the whole child and their social and emotional learning. 

A few of the session titles include:

>> You Matter
>> Teaching Social Emotional Learning through Project Based Learning
>> Creating Thriving Learning communities is a Team Sport!
>> Educator Burnout: Facilitating a Healthy Social & Emotional Culture for Educators
>> Every student is known: Meeting the needs of all learners

We look forward to having you join us. Space is limited, so register early!

For additional information on any of these topics, please contact our Executive Director, Jeannette Lewis-Woodard at or call (614) 531-5373.

 John Farley, Ph.D


President, OhioASCD

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