Lead the Way: Ideas & Insights for Education Leaders

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COVID-19 & Schools: The Early Days

Ohio’s schools were ordered closed on March 12. Since then, Ohio’s educators have been hard at work to ensure students have access to the educational content they need to move to the next level, while keeping student well-being in mind.

In this podcast, you’ll hear interviews from educators from seven school districts and one educational service center. The interviews highlight the promising practices that have emerged from educators who are creatively addressing the evolving challenges that are a part of the pandemic.

Contributors include educators from:

  • Canton City Schools, Kim Kingsbury, Curriculum Director
  • Columbus City, Angela Chapman, Chief Leadership Officer, Tracy Ocasio, Chief Academic Officer
  • Dayton Public Schools, Elizabeth Lolli, Superintendent
  • Marion City Schools, Ron Iarussi, Superintendent
  • Mahoning County ESC, Tracy Hosteltler, Superintendent, Kim Monachino, Director of Pupil Services, Andrew Velchek, Director of Technology, John Kuzma, Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Painesville City Local, Josh Englehart, Superintendent
  • South Range Local Schools, Gianna Rohan, Teacher
  • Youngstown City Schools, Christie Sawcki, Chief Academic Officer

Capacity Building Through the Development of Professional Capital

Educators from Pickerington Local Schools share how the district builds professional capital of faculty and staff. Pickerington’s use of focused collaboration through the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) has led to improved results for students and staff. Pickerington opted to employ the OIP in order to continue their efforts meet the needs of all students. The work has led to increases that are reflected in student outcomes and in school culture and climate. The practical, real-world steps the district took to improve outcomes are shared.

Contributors from Pickerington Local Schools:

  • Bob Blackburn Assistant Superintendent, Student Services
  • Zach Howard Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
  • Sharon Caccimelio Executive Director of Teaching & Learning
  • Brian Seymour Director of Instructional Technology

Contributors from Ohio’s State Support Team

  • Rhonda Dickson Director, SST Region 11
  • Lynn McKahan Director, SST Region 1

Teams Working Towards Inclusive Instructional Practices

Educators from two Ohio districts share the work of their teams as they implement inclusive instructional practices at the classroom, building and district levels. See how these practices have transformed teaching and learning. The target audience for this podcast includes teachers, building administrators, district administrators and regional facilitators.

Struthers City Schools:

  • Pete Pirone, Superintendent of the Struthers City Schools
  • Amanda McNinch, Coordinator of Special Services at Struthers
  • Bethany Carlson, Struthers Elementary Principal

Niles City Schools:

  • Ann Marie Thigpen, Niles City Schools, Superintendent
  • Allyson Martin, Niles Middle School, Assistant Principal
  • Chris Staph, Niles Intermediate School, Principal

Best Practices for TBTs - Part 2

Educators from three Ohio schools share their insights regarding effective TBT practices. Six practices that make a difference in terms of TBT effectiveness are covered: focus, constancy, context instructional conversations, implementation of agreed-upon strategies and leadership.

Contributors include: Educators from Madison Park Elementary School in the Trotwood-Madison City School District: Tamara Rizzo-Sterner, principal and two of the school’s TBT leaders, Kendra Fogt and Ava Collucci.

Educators from Bucyrus High School in the Bucyrus City School District: Dr. Mark Burke, principal as well as the three TBT leaders,Matt Makeever, Aaron Eckert, and Terra Hamm.

And educators from Avalon Elementary School in the Columbus City School District: Lenelle Taylor, principal, instructional coach and LLI interventionist Yolanda Conner, and three teacher leaders— Kenette Edwards, Sarah Martin, and Christine Gould.

Best Practices for TBTs - Part 1

Educators from three Ohio schools share their insights regarding effective TBT practices. Six practices that make a difference in terms of TBT effectiveness are covered: focus, constancy, context instructional conversations, implementation of agreed-upon strategies and leadership.

Contributors include: Educators from Madison Park Elementary School in the Trotwood-Madison City School District: Tamara Rizzo-Sterner, principal and two of the school’s TBT leaders, Kendra Fogt and Ava Collucci.

Educators from Bucyrus High School in the Bucyrus City School District: Dr. Mark Burke, principal as well as the three TBT leaders,Matt Makeever, Aaron Eckert, and Terra Hamm.

And educators from Avalon Elementary School in the Columbus City School District: Lenelle Taylor, principal, instructional coach and LLI interventionist Yolanda Conner, and three teacher leaders— Kenette Edwards, Sarah Martin, and Christine Gould.

Courage and Educational Leadership - Part 2

This two-part podcast focuses on the principal and the role courage plays in leading change and creating a learning culture that leads to improved outcomes for all learners.  Session 1 addresses the four types of courage that are evident in effective leaders, the relationship between courage and educational leadership, and steps the leader can take to practice courage.  In session 2,  trust, risk-taking and accountability as a part of courageous leadership are examined.  The importance of having a student-centered agenda is also addressed.  Participants should listen to the podcasts in order.

Participants:

Both podcasts feature Cathy Lassiter, Consultant and Author with Corwin Learning as the speaker.  The moderator is Deborah Telfer, Director of the University of Cincinnati’s Systems Development and Improvement Center.

Courage and Educational Leadership - Part 1

This two-part podcast focuses on the principal and the role courage plays in leading change and creating a learning culture that leads to improved outcomes for all learners.  Session 1 addresses the four types of courage that are evident in effective leaders, the relationship between courage and educational leadership, and steps the leader can take to practice courage.  In session 2,  trust, risk-taking and accountability as a part of courageous leadership are examined.  The importance of having a student-centered agenda is also addressed.  Participants should listen to the podcasts in order.

Participants:

Both podcasts feature Cathy Lassiter, Consultant and Author with Corwin Learning as the speaker.  The moderator is Deborah Telfer, Director of the University of Cincinnati’s Systems Development and Improvement Center.

Instructional Leadership

Two Ohio principals share their perspectives on what it takes to be a leader of learning in their respective school buildings. Regardless of leadership styles, several themes emerge in this session that are key to creating a learning culture in the school. Garnering support for school improving efforts, maintaining focus, and practical strategies to bringing the staff together around this important work are among the topics shared in this session.

Participants:

Aaron Bouie, Principal, Schreiber Elementary Schools, Canton City School District

Terri Garrett, Principal, Gorsuch West Elementary School, Lancaster City School District

Learning about Coaching from Ohio Leaders

This podcast focuses on ways that coaching benefits individuals (for instance, teachers and principals) and teams (for instance, DLTs, BLTs, and TBTs). It describes how coaching augments professional development programs, such as OLI4 as well as how it is used to support the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP).
 
Participants: 
Rick Carrington, School Improvement Consultant, SST 15

Josh Englehart, Superintendent, Painesville Local City Schools

Deborah Tully, Director of Educational Issues, Ohio Federation of Teachers

Promoting a Culture of Inquiry Through Formative Assessment

This podcast focuses on the role of formative assessment in improving instruction, increasing collaboration, and enhancing engagement of students and teachers. Hear from four educators as they describe how formative assessment has changed practices at the district, building, and classroom levels.

 

Participants:

Michael McCormick, Superintendent, Val Verde School District in Perris, California

Kiel Strathman, 5th-Grade Teacher, Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, Val Verde District

Rhonda Peeples, Principal, Alpine Elementary School, Columbus City School District

John Maynard, Principal, Ironton Elementary School, Ironton City School District