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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.
I recently followed the recommendation of the banners flashing across the OLAC website and checked out the section called "The Facilitator Hub." Nestled into a section of the website under the CERTIFIED FACILITATORS tab, I found a framework and a series of tools that will prove extremely useful for SST consultants and others supporting the OIP.
One of our biggest challenges as regional facilitators is our ability to stay current and connected ourselves as we work within a system where best practice is constantly evolving. The ability to obtain and analyze data rapidly means that we have to be ready to respond rapidly, as state and federal requirements for improvement change regularly, district leadership changes frequently, and even facilitators of the OIP turnover.
The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council is excited to launch The Facilitator Hub, featuring news and resources for OLAC Facilitators. Located on the OLAC website, The Facilitator Hub is designed to be a one-stop-spot for information that will help with the facilitation of the Ohio Improvement Process and support district, building, and teacher team improvement.
This section of the OLAC website is intended to be used by State Support Team (SST) personnel and other educators working to support higher levels of student, educator, and organizational learning. It is also relevant to SST personnel whose primary work may be other than direct OIP facilitation, since the OIP serves as the foundation for district-wide continuous improvement in the majority of Ohio school districts.