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
Lightening the Load: Springfield Schools offer Wellness Week
More than a year and a half after the COVID-19 pandemic started, educators and students alike are tired, and many are in need of a real break to relax, refresh, and regroup. Springfield Education Association President Michael Libecap explains how an unexpected Wellness Week in his district is giving his Local members that much needed opportunity.
Columbus Teacher Turns Tragedy into Transformational Mission
Malissa Thomas-St. Clair's son, Anthony, was murdered in 2013. In 2020, another homicide in her community led the Columbus math teacher to say 'enough is enough.' She founded Mothers of Murdered Columbus Children to provide support to families who have lost loved ones to violence, and is now piloting a violence interruption program with students at Champion Middle School, where she teaches.
We know having caring, qualified educators in classrooms can set students up for a lifetime of success. That's why some OEA members are working to set future teachers up for success, too. They're serving as mentors in the Educational Pathways programs for aspiring educators who are students at Central State University and Eastern Gateway Community College. We're hearing from two mentor-mentee pairs.
Forming OEA's Newest Local - The Findlay Paraprofessional Association
The Ohio Education Association's ranks are now about a hundred members stronger with the formation of the Findlay Paraprofessional Association. We sat down with two of the founding members to hear about their journey from powerlessness to bargaining their first contract.
2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year: "I will continue to teach the truth"
Oberlin High School social studies teacher Kurt Russell was inspired to become an educator by his 8th grade math teacher, the first Black male teacher he had in school. Now Russell is the first Black male to be named Ohio Teacher of the Year in the nearly 60 year history of that program. He shares his thoughts on honesty in education, representation, equity, and the other messages he hopes to spread in his new role.
On the Ballot: Educational Service Centers
Local school board races are getting a lot of attention as we countdown to Election Day on November 2, but those aren't the only important races on the ballot when it comes to Ohio's public schools. OEA Vice President Jeff Wensing continues our special election coverage with a conversation with Barry Alcock, an OEA-Retired member running for the Central Ohio Educational Service Center board.
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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.
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