OLAC Blog: The Leading Edge - Helping School Leaders Put Research into Practice

What You Missed at the 2017 Action Forum

On December 12, more than 500 Ohio education leaders gathered for the 2017 OLAC Action Forum in Columbus to learn, network, and collaborate around the use and impact of the OLAC tools and resources to strengthen leadership practices.

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Curriculum Module

Newly Updated Curriculum Module Now Available

Put simply, curriculum specifies what to teach— traditionally conceptualized as "the knowledge of most worth.” The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) defines curriculum broadly as the way content is designed and delivered. It includes the structure, organization, balance, and presentation of expected or recommended study topics that address content standards and meet local expectations.

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Cathy Lassiter

Leading from a Courageous Mindset

Guest Blog by: Cathy Lassiter, Author, Everyday Courage for School Leaders

In your work as a school leader, you have probably found yourself in situations that caused some anxiety or fear. You struggled to do the right thing according to your core values but the fallout might bring some negative consequence for you or your school. All school leaders have faced these dilemmas and all have heard the inner voices speaking to us about what decision to make, what direction to take, and what actions are best.

Which voice we listen to is a matter of choice. School leaders must make the conscious choice to listen to the inner of voice of strength, confidence, power and passion, as opposed to falling victim to the voice of fear, helplessness, and powerlessness. All too often, we make the mistake of thinking we cannot take bold action because we are not smart enough, or respected enough or powerful enough. These fears are normal, but they prevent us from leading courageously. Following are three strategies to help you override your fear and build a courageous mindset.

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Newly Updated Assessment Module Now Available

Looking to dive deeper into educational assessment— what it is, how it’s used, and why it’s important? The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) is proud to announce the release of the newly updated Assessment Module to address these and other assessment-related questions.

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