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 email@example.com
2022 National Teacher of the Year: "We must be true to our students"
2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell says he's not the best teacher in the country, but it's clear the Oberlin High School teacher the best person to represent our educators and students at this moment in our country, as Ohio and other states face dangerous legislation like House Bills 327 and 616 that would deny our students the opportunity to receive the honest and reflective education they deserve. In the Season 2 finale of Education Matters, we ask Mr. Russell to share his perspective, courage, and expertise.
Breakfast & Beyond
It is a fact: Hungry children struggle to learn. But making sure all students have access to adequate, nutritious meals takes innovation and collaboration. The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge recently recognized 22 Ohio districts who have embraced that mission, naming them Breakfast and Beyond Super Star districts. We're taking a look at some of the newest success stories while looking back at our conversations with previous honorees.
Avoiding the 'Super Teacher' Trap
Ohio's educators are dedicated to serving their students, but too often, early career educators burn out and leave the profession after only a few years. Austintown Fitch High School teacher Jake Reid says he was on the path to becoming one of them because of the pressure he put on himself to be what he called "Super Teacher" every day. He shares his experience and his changed perspective on this episode.
OEA Officers: 'We Hear You'
This Teacher Appreciation Week, educators need more than just a pat on the back; they need respect and support. They need to be sure that everyone -- from the community members they serve to the state leaders making decisions about their day-to-day operations in the classroom -- sees them and hears their struggles. OEA's president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer have been crisscrossing the state to hear from OEA members directly about how they're feeling and what they need.
Buckeye Local Backpay
Imagine coming to an agreement on salary issues in contract negotiations only to find out later that someone had made a change that shortchanged every employee for months. That's what happened to the Buckeye Local Classroom Teachers' Association in Jefferson County, which won more than $180,000 in backpay for its teachers and corrected paychecks moving forward after a long, hard fight. The president of that Local says there's a lesson in this for everyone.
A School Librarian's Perspective on House Bill 616
House Bill 616, which was introduced in the Ohio Legislature in early April, combines the worst parts of House Bill 327's 'divisive concepts' prohibitions with Florida's so-called 'Don't Say Gay Law.' Courtney Johnson, a school librarian in Columbus, shares her thoughts on this dangerous legislation and what it may mean for her students.
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.
I love that you’ve created a podcast to get up to date information on current education issues. Being current provides knowledge and create more confidence for me to use my voice and stand up for education including my students.