Every summer the Ohio Middle Level Association Executive Board spends three days in June at Hocking Hills for a summer workshop. This is an opportunity for the board members representing the eight regions across the state to come together to discuss our vision and plans for the year. Morning hikes, professional development, committee meetings, regional planning time, and conversations by the campfire filled our time this year. For one of the professional development activities, the OMLA board revisited AMLE’s, This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents. Board members joined one of three groups (Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Leadership and Organization; Culture and Community) representing the 16 Characteristics and shared ideas/strategies for how they support the topic in their classroom/school. The many ideas shared allowed for meaningful discussions and learning. As you read through the articles in this issue of In the Middle, I hope the insights shared concerning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment provides you with new or refreshed learning!
As with any school or organization, the Ohio Middle Level Association Executive Board is always looking for opportunities to learn and grow professionally. This past summer, the OMLA Executive Board met in Hocking Hills for a three day workshop. During this time, board members participated in professional development activities, planned regional events, met in committees, and finalized plans for our annual state conference. One of the professional development activities included the OMLA board revisiting AMLE’s, This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents. Board members joined one of three groups (Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Leadership and Organization; Culture and Community) representing the 16 Characteristics and shared ideas/strategies for how they support the topic in their classroom/school. Some of the ideas mentioned from the OMLA Executive Board included: faculty meetings become PD speed sessions; creating an instructional leadership team comprised of teachers and school administrators; allowing teachers flexible time blocks so time and teaching is not dictated by bells; and using creative scheduling to create an organizational structure. The many ideas shared from our board members produced rich discussions and meaningful learning. As you read through the articles in this issue of In the Middle, I hope the insights shared concerning Leadership and Organization provide you with new or refreshed learning!
The OMLA Executive Board has already 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 this link or visiting our website.
In addition to our annual state conference, OMLA hosts a number of regional events across the state. These regional events include professional development, networking, student recognition and student leadership opportunities. Check our website or your inbox for the next scheduled OMLA regional event in your area.
I look forward to seeing you at Kalahari for our annual conference October 22-23, 2020!