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 https://bit.ly/37pYzle 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…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 10/4/2021

Situational Awareness Bulletin: October TikTok Challenge

The Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) has learned of a new October social media challenge that impacts Ohio schools and, specifically, staff and educators. 

Some TikTok users have devised a monthly list that includes various pranks or “challenges” to take place at school. For example, in recent weeks, there have been incidents of school vandalism as part of the "devious lick" challenge.

The published challenge for the month of October asks students to “…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/23/2021

September is Attendance Awareness Month. 

Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide recognition of the connection between regular school attendance and academic achievement. This month highlights the importance of mobilizing schools, families and community partners to promote regular attendance by developing tiered strategies and personalized interventions to reduce chronic absence. A student who misses as few as two days of school a month is considered chronically absent. Ohio’s chronic absenteeism rate for the 2018-2019 school year was 16.7% — or approximately…

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/3/2021

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the "Return to School Roadmap," a resource to support students, schools, educators, and communities as they prepare to return to safe, healthy in-person learning this fall. The Roadmap provides key resources and supports for students, parents, educators, and school communities. 

The Roadmap includes three "Landmark" priorities that schools, districts, and communities are encouraged to focus on to ensure all students are set up for success in the 2021-2022 school year. These include:
(1) prioritizing the health…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 7/28/2021

The Ohio Department of Health …

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 6/14/2021

Several years ago, I was working with a district to increase cohesiveness amongst administrators and teachers and to improve the learning opportunities for all the students in the district. To that end, I created a survey for teachers and administrators about various issues they face. One area in the culture of the district demonstrated tremendous conflicting answers - teacher support. Administrators believed teachers were given tremendous support in instructional matters, but teachers responded there was little support for their work.

I decided we needed to dig deeper - I asked…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 5/19/2021

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center has partnered with the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning to create a series of webinars for families…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 5/12/2021

I had an interesting conversation with a board member last week. As we discussed the events of this past year and all we've learned, she said we really need to take some time to look at the kind of a leader we were, and understand now - what kind of leaders we are. I spent some time thinking about the notion that it's quite possible our leadership style or type evolved over the last year. Certainly, we evolve every year, right? However, leading through a pandemic and through all that the pandemic dealt us - changed leaders. In another board conversation a member told his board colleagues,…

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 4/26/2021

Family, School and Community Engagement is a critical factor for nearly all educational issues. We've learned a great deal about how to effectively think about, talk about and promote Family and School Engagement to provide opportunities for all and to benefit teachers and students. In an upcoming Journal article, I've written about board members as community and political advocates and specifically about board leadership teams leading from the middle. This responsibility ties community engagement and systemic school improvement to advocacy.

Did you know that you can participate in…