Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 5/9/2022

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause stress, affect emotional well-being and intensify mental health needs. The Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory identified that mental health needs in young people continue to rise with symptoms of anxiety and depression doubling during the pandemic. Though increases in distress symptoms are common during disasters, most people cope well and do not go on to develop mental health disorders. Resiliency can be learned and developed, especially with home, school and community supports.

For students, these mental…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 5/4/2022

Attendance Works and its national partners are launching the 10th annual Attendance Awareness Campaign webinar series for 2022. The free, four-part series will emphasize the power of using chronic absence data to recover from challenges heightened by the pandemic.

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 4/18/2022

As district leaders, we know that student voice is critical to implementing effective whole child supports. The Ohio Association of Student Leaders and the Ohio Department of Education are hosting student-led roundtable discussions on Ohio's Whole Child Framework. Students in grades 6-12 are…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 2/16/2022

Join us for the first Urban Network meeting of 2022.

The meeting will be held virtually. Please follow this link to register for the free event and receive your Zoom invitation.

Date: Mar. 3, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Urban Network meeting is open to all board members, superintendents, treasurers and other staff of Ohio urban school districts. It is the premier advisory voice to OSBA, helping…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 2/1/2022

The Capital Conference learning session nominations are open. Please encourage school board members and district administrators and staff, as well as our partners, to submit session nominations. The deadline is March 1 at 5 p.m. For information and tips on nominating sessions and a link to the online nomination form, visit

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 1/18/2022

Middle schools throughout the state are partnering with the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University to help parents get tips and advice to have those important "money talks" with their middle school-aged children as part of a research study on financial conversations in families. 

To access these free tools, please click on this link where you can sign up and learn more about the Money Talks online modules for parents:  

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 1/6/2022

BASA, OEA, OSBA, OASBO, OFT, and OAESA,  invite a team from your school district and community to an Introduction to Community Learning Centers, a 90 minute, virtual presentation.   

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 12/13/2021

Students who are absent from school miss important learning opportunities that can be difficult, or impossible to make up. Engaging students is the key to getting them focused and ready to learn.

Attendance Works is offering a three-session virtual training for elementary and secondary school leaders and staff to provide proven, evidence-based tiered strategies to engage students and promote attendance using a team approach. The series cost is $300 per person. Group sessions will meet every two weeks on assigned dates.

Participants will learn:

  • Strategies that…
Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 10/14/2021

Are you promoting the great work of the students in your district? OSBA Senior Student Achievement Consultant Kim Miller-Smith joins the podcast to discuss the association's work to advance student achievement throughout the state. Listen at or on your favorite podcasting app…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 10/6/2021

The Ohio Department of Education released Supporting Student Attendance and Engagement guidance for districts and schools in the Back to School Resources section of its website. This webpage…