Ohio's public schools serve 1.7 million children - 90 percent of students in the state! What happens in the classroom has impacts far beyond the walls of the K-12 school building or higher ed lecture hall. So, on behalf of the 120,000+ members of the Ohio Education Association, we're taking a deeper dive into some of the many education issues facing our students, educators, and communities. Education Matters is your source for insightful conversations with the people who shape the education landscape in Ohio. Have a topic you'd like to hear about on Education Matters? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Design Ohio's Future
Ohio is notorious for gerrymandering legislative district maps so politicians can choose their voters and not the other way around, but this year, when the maps are redrawn, that could all change. OEA has launched a contest to let students and members show lawmakers how it should be done. The state director of All On The Line explains why it's so important.
Doing Whatever It Takes: A Changed Perspective
We tend to celebrate the educators who go to extraordinary lengths to serve their students, to the point where some educators feel like they're slacking if they're not going above and beyond at all times. Minerva High School teacher and frequent 'Voices of Change' blog contributor Julie Holderbaum explains why she had to change her perspective to become a more effective educator and reclaim her identity beyond her career.
State Rep. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville): "It's not about politics"
A key player in many of the education decisions coming out of the Ohio statehouse is State Rep. Gayle Manning, a Republican representing the 55th Ohio House district who serves as the chair of the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee. Before she was a lawmaker, she was a teacher for 37 years. She shares her thoughts on some of the big education issues she's working to tackle.
Test Anxiety: Hilarious horror stories from a retired testing coordinator
Standardized testing is making headlines as lawmakers attempt to navigate the COVID-19 landscape against ongoing federal requirements, but ask the teachers who are in charge of making sure their schools follow the strict test administration rules and they'll tell you, there's no such thing as a typical year. OEA-Retired member Jane Mitchell reflects on her memories of standardized testing over the years.
Legislative Update: Standardized testing, school report cards, financial literacy & fair funding
What happens in the classroom depends in large part on what happens in the Statehouse. OEA Vice President Jeff Wensing has been keeping a close eye on all of the bills making their way through the Ohio legislature that could shape the education landscape in the state. In this episode, he brings us a legislative update.
Holding onto the "Jar Moments"
This year has been incredibly hard on students, parents, and educators alike, but when times are tough, Intervention Specialist Chris Williams draws on his "jar moments" to continue giving his best for his students every day. He shares a few of his favorite memories and his advice for remaining passionate while facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice head-on.
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Informative and perfect length!
I love hearing about issues impacting education in Ohio, both from legislators and from educators. The length is also perfect; I can listen while getting ready for school and I don’t have to commit a huge chunk of time to it. Katie asks great questions and keeps the conversations on track.
I love getting to hear from fellow OEA members every week about what they’re doing and how our we support each other and drive change as a union.
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