I hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy! While the coronavirus (COVID-19) has closed Ohio school buildings, teachers all across Ohio have not missed a beat to provide students online learning opportunities. Even with the challenges of remote learning, Ohio educators continue to share meaningful learning activities with students while also continuing to focus on the whole child and support their social-emotional learning. Your outstanding work during this time of uncertainty has not gone unnoticed and you are all to be commended for your efforts! To help support educators during this difficult time, OMLA has also posted a list of Remote Learning Resources to our website; middle level educators have also shared insights on remote learning in this edition of In the Middle. You can find the list of Remote Learning Resources here!
“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure” - Henry Kissinger
Ohio Middle Level Association mini-grants of $500 are available to OMLA members for the development and implementation of exemplary teaming projects that would be replicated year after year. Grant applications are due June 1, 2020, and are available on our website.
The OMLA Executive Board is choosing optimism (Jack would be proud) and has started planning #OMLA2020, October 22-23 at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center! Keynotes Weston Kieschnick (@Wes_Kieschnick), Kevin Honeycutt (@kevinhoneycutt) and featured speaker Jack Berckemeyer (@jberckemeyer) are sure to inspire and energize you with new ideas. We are currently accepting presentation proposals for #OMLA2020! If you are interested in sharing a strategy or practice that is working for you in your classroom or school, I encourage you to submit a presentation proposal. Presentation proposals should be submitted by following thislink or visiting our website.
I look forward to seeing you at Kalahari for our annual conference on October 22-23, 2020!