The end of 2019-2020 school year and the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year have presented many challenges to educators. At the end of last school year, teachers across the state transitioned to online learning in just a moment's notice. Whether you are teaching this year in a hybrid, virtual, in-person setting or a combination of the three, some things remain the same -Educators across the nation have continued to transform, adapt, and innovate as they tackle the difficult task of keeping students connected and engaged all while continuing to focus on the whole child. Many of us may be feeling like a first year teacher again this year with all the changes. During challenging times, I think it is important for us to remember out "why". Why are you an educator, why did you choose to teach middle level students? Take some time to think about your "why" -Remembering out "why" will help remind us of what is important and why each of us chose this amazing profession.
“Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations” - Author Unknown
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OMLA is hosting a number of virtual professional development opportunities for middle level educators this fall. Check our website or your inbox for the list of scheduled OMLA virtual workshops. OMLA recognizes teachers and educators are going to want to be with their students for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, OMLA has postponed the 2020 OMLA Annual Conference originally scheduled for October 22-23, 2020 to March 4-5, 2021. #OMLA2020 will be held at the Kalahari Conference and Resort in Sandusky with three nationally recognized, dynamic keynotes.
On Thursday, March 4th the keynote is Weston Kieschnick , the award winning educator, best-selling author, and TEDx speaker. As a keynote, West on will push the thinking of educators to move beyond the ordinary and reach their potential as true innovators for learning. Follow West on on Twitter @Wes_Kieschnick. Kevin Honeycutt, a former educator, author, and motivational speaker will keynote on Friday March 5th. Kevin will share his expertise on technology, education, and cyber-bullying prevention in his keynote. Follow Kevin on Twitter @kevinhoneycutt. As a featured presenter, Jack Berckemeyer incorporates his passion for middle level education and his humor to offer educators a number of strategies that they can implement immediately in their classroom. On Twitter follow Jack @jberckemeyer. In addition, #OMLA2020 will feature break out sessions presented by practicing middle level educators covering a variety of topics from being trauma informed to technology.
Members enjoy a discounted registration fee for our annual state conference. To encourage schools to send multiple attendees, the sixth registration from a school or college/university is free! Be sure to register by January 29, 2021 to take advantage of the early registration discount.
If you are not yet a member of the Ohio Middle Level Association, please consider joining 9,500 educators from across the state to take full advantage of quality professional development, networking and other opportunities.
I hope to see you at #OMLA2020 March 4-5, 2021 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center!