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A Conversation with…: occasional conversations with colleagues about pertinent issues, exemplary programs, or relevant

Amy Bonomi on Teens and Relationship Violence: School-based intervention programs have been successful in preventing
intimate relationship violence victimization and perpetration in teens.
Brad Bushman on Video Game Violence: There is much more published evidence that violent video games are harmful to teens
than the contrary.
Brad Bushman on Young People and Self-Esteem: Students value boosts to their self-esteem more than any other pleasant
Camille Nasbe on Full Service Schools: A discussion with Camille Nasbe about different social and health services that can be
and have been incorporated into schools to create “full service” schools.
Claire Kamp Dush on Family Stability: A new study finds that children who grow up in stable single-parent homes generally do as
well as those in married households.
Columbus Alternative High School: International Baccalaureate Program: Interview discusses an advanced program designed to
assists students in preparing for a global world and college.
Courtney Wilson on Schooling Homeless Children: Investigation of the laws allowing uninterrupted schooling of homeless
children or families in crisis (and avoiding violation of law).
Eric Anderman: Research suggests that the epidemic of student cheating can be cured with changes in classroom goals.
Janet Kiecolt-Glaser and Ronald Glaser: Childhood Abuse, Adversity May Shorten Life, Weaken Immune Response.
Joann Hispher: Positive Communication Helps Leaders to Keep Focused on the Big Picture While Managing the Details: Joann
Hipsher explains why the key to time management is good communications.
Kenneth Yeager on Crisis Intervention: What to do and why when helping someone cope with a crisis.
L. Eugene Arnold: ADHD: An expert addresses the prevalence of ADHD and what research shows about treating it.
Lynley and Eric Anderman: Student rewards are often ineffective and unnecessary, according to a recent book on classroom
Ohio State University/Urban Schools Initiative. Members of the initiative team discuss the project‟s school improvement work.
Passing the Levy: One Family‟s Story: A student and a parent discuss their involvement in the levy process and what they
observed and experience.
Pat Carroll: How and When Students Revise Career Possible Goals. The role of “possible selves” in envisioning future careers.
Qin Wang: Chinese Being Taught in Ohio Schools: A Chinese language program instills language skills and a sense of a global
community for elementary and high school students.
Robert Lount: People Sometimes Less Trusting When in a Good Mood. A person‟s mood may determine how much they rely on
subtle cues when evaluating whether to trust someone.
Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan: Sharing Child Caregiving May Increase Parental Conflict. A study shows that there is more than one
path to an effective co-parenting relationship.
Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick: Over 50? You Probably Prefer Negative Stories about Young People.
Steve Gavazzi: Focus on Strengths, Not Failures, Helps Teens Succeed in School
Ying Guo & Laura Justice: Confident teachers help preschoolers more with language and literacy skills.

Develop Your Staff: professional development activities that have proven effective

Blogs in Our Future: Tips on how to setup and start an administrator blog, as well as ideas on how to make your blog an
effective tool.
Carving Out Time for Professional Learning Communities: Ideas for improving activities at the start of the school day to benefit
both students and teachers.
Classrooms of the Future & Professional Learning Communities: Links to resources for these two programs, one to reform
education through technology and one to improve understanding of Professional Learning Communities (May 2007).
Communicating with Parents
Creating Time for Professional Development: A list of ideas to provide more time for professional development (Jan 2007).
Crisis Plan: A list of ideas on how to implement a crisis plan and important things to consider (Nov 2006).
Developing a Mission Statement (in Four Short Staff Meetings or Less!): Outlines an effective way to efficiently construct and
approve a mission statement with staff members (Aug 2007).
Differentiated Instruction in the Mixed-Ability Classroom, Part 1: Prepare Yourself: Overview of differentiated education, as well
as principles of a differentiated classroom and resources for learning more.
Differentiated Instruction in the Mixed-Ability Classroom, Part 2: Deliver the Workshop: Includes agenda, participant packet, and
activities to present differentiated instruction for staff members.
Ethics Related to Testing three questions that follow up on March Madness
Got Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed? Your Work Will Show It: Why administrators should do everything they can to help
employees start the day in a good mood.
High School Financial Planning Program Training: Teacher professional development to help meet financial literacy education
March Is Music in Our Schools Month: Suggests ways to support your school music teachers and the music program at your
New Teacher Orientation Program describes how to help new teachers get a solid grounding in the culture and processes of
your school.
Ohio Department of Education Website: Highlights some of the resources available through the ODE website, focusing on those
available for math (Apr 2007).
Pave the Road to Maximum Teaching and Learning: Part 1, Prepare Yourself: How to prepare yourself for developing your own
workshop for teacher development and collaboration.
Pave the Road to Maximum Teaching and Learning: Part 2, Develop the Workshop: Part 2 focuses on the agenda for your
workshop, as well as some of the materials you can provide for a smooth start to the school year.
Pave the Road to Maximum Teaching and Learning: Part 3, Deliver the Workshop and Follow Through: How to put your planned
workshop into action, as well as some ideas for making group work more effective.
Pests in Schools: An outreach program helps school systems become Integrated Pest Management (IPM) “Star Certified.”
Planning for Parent Conferences: Student-Led Conferencing: An alternative method for parent conferences allows the student to
take responsibility and ownership of his/her successes and challenges (Feb 2007).
Preparing to Deliver Virtual Learning: Standards, guidelines, and ideas for preparing teachers for teaching online.
Principal Portfolios for Leadership and Learning, Part 1: How to start your professional portfolio, including organization.
Principal Portfolios for Leadership and Learning, Part 2: How to select evidence and artifacts for each category. staff10.php
Professional Development in STEM: A sampling of Ohio State offerings for teacher development in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics.
Professional Excellence: Leave No Teacher Behind: Explains how placing Literacy Coordinators directly in the elementary
schools as teachers and coaches can improve student performance in reading and writing.
Ramadan: How to deal with cultural and/or religious issues to promote understanding and inclusion (Oct 2006).
Rubric-Based Assessment: Part 1, Prepare Yourself: Defines what rubrics are, and gives ideas on how to learn more information
about rubrics and use them effectively.
Rubric-Based Assessment: Part 2, Deliver the Workshop: A sample agenda for a rubric-based workshop and source materials for
each section of the workshop.
School Continuous Improvement Plan Template for Principals: Discusses the template used by Columbus Public Schools to help
principals track performance, analyze data, and make instructional strategies.
Serious Hockey Injuries among Young Children Skyrocketing: Research-based information for coaches and parents.
Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Resources for Professional Development: Some web-based resources for teacher
Staff Retreat: Creates a sample agenda for a staff summer retreat (Jun 2006).
Teacher Portfolios to Guide and Support Professional Growth: An overview of National Board Standards for portfolios and how to
introduce and promote portfolio creation with your staff.
Teachers‟ Can-Do Attitudes Improve Learning: Research suggests that teacher attitudes foster a culture of academic optimism.
Teaching Science Using the Arts: Professional development module for high school science teachers applies a multimodal
approach in teaching and learning. ).
The World Is Flat: Professional development activity based on the book The World Is Flat.
The “Write” Way to Overcome Math Misconceptions: The Error Analysis process helps students become cognitively aware of why
they made their errors and communicate the reason in writing.
Top 10 Actions a Principal Can Do to Make My First Year Successful: 10 actions that a principal can take to help first-year
Using Technology: Ideas for using technology during opening day meetings/activities to inspire appropriate technology use
among staff members (Aug 2006). 8.06.php
What Teachers Want: Results of a recent survey of teacher opinions; do you know how your staff feels about these issues?

Educational Minute provides tip sheets for parents and students on varied topics; downloadable and easy to distribute

Help Prepare Preschoolers for Success http://principalsoffice.osu.edu

Elementary School
Children‟s Literature Offers Lessons in Decision Making
Effective Discipline
Effective Use of “Time Out”
Encouraging Your Child‟s Exploration
Helping Children Learn While They Play
Holiday Fun Can Help Children Learn
Holiday Stress Busters for Big and Little People
Keeping Our Children Safe
Nutrition and Fitness
Nutritious Food for Cool Kids
Reading Skills
Sibling Rivalry
Starting a New School Year: Family Schedule Changes and Developing Routines
Transition from Elementary to Middle School
Young Children‟s Understanding of Death

Middle School
Career Development
College Savings Options
Laughter Is Really Good Medicine
Monitoring: Staying Involved in Your Teen‟s Life
Setting Limits and Standing Firm
Transitions from Middle to High School
Unlocking Your Child‟s Creativity

High School
Adolescent Employment docs/EMHS_mcdowellfutris.pdf
Career Development
College Savings Options
Decision Making/Problem Solving with Teens
Getting Past Procrastination
Helping Your Teen with Organization
Holiday Time and Relaxation
Laughter Is Really Good Medicine
Making Your Campus Visit Work for You .
Monitoring: Staying Involved in Your Teen‟s Life
Parents and the College Selection Process
Preparing for College
Raising Responsible Adolescents
Resolving Conflict Constructively and Respectfully
Setting Limits and Standing Firm
Teen Risk Behavior
Transitions out of High School for Parents
Types of College Admissions Practices
Working with Teens

All Levels
10 Things Parents Can Do to Help Prevent Eating Disorders
Building Relationships with Your Child‟s Teacher
Emotional Intelligence…What Is It?
Families Meeting the Challenge of Going Online
Family Traditions
Gender Issues: Preparing Children for a Lifetime of Success
Helping Children Achieve Success and Learn from Failure
Helping Children Build Successful School Relationships
Helping Your Child Be a Good Sport
How Children Learn Math and Science: Backward and Forward Learning
Kids and Cash
Preparing Your Child for Test Taking
Teaching Children to Resolve Conflict
Why Won‟t My Child Talk to Me?

Professional Readings reviews of recent publications and highlights of reports on current issues that affect schools

A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A book by Ruby Payne, highlights some of the main areas of focus for defining poverty
and how schools can work to improve a student‟s chances of success (Dec 2007).
Administrative Performance Skills: A look at the book by Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Work, and how to improve
performance and satisfaction in your job.
Being in the Zone: Community Mapping as the First Step Toward Mobilizing Your Community: Identifies some ways to break
down a community map to identify patterns and improve the impact of educational development and reform for an area (Feb
Books on Cyberbullying: Reviews two books outlining issues and solutions for administrators and teachers.
“Bracketing” Your Requests to Influence External Forces: A look at interpersonal communication between principals and
employees, and how to improve understanding between individuals (Dec. 2005).
Classroom Instruction that Works: Book used by Columbus City Schools to improve practices and develop a system of support
for educators.
Closing the Knowing-Doing Gap: A look at professional learning communities and some of the common barriers to success in
implementation and organization (Jan 2007).
Collaboration in Schools: Combating the Problem of Bullying with a Team Approach: Another bullying article, focused on
incorporating parents and community members as well as educators in the battle (Dec 2006).
Collaborative Professional Development Process for School Leaders: Step-by-step plan for evaluating yourself as an
administrator using the six standards determined by the ISLLC.
Creating Safe Schools: Combating the Problem of Bullying by “Fighting Back” in Different Ways: A collection of ideas in order to
reduce the incidents of bullying in a school district, and establish a method and hierarchy for dealing with problems of bullying
(Nov. 2006).
Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders: Book by Lindsey, Robins, and Terrell, discusses the process of developing
cultural proficiency, including scenarios and activities (Jan 2008).
Differentiated Instruction: One District‟s Journey: Overview of an article in Ohio ASCD Journal that looks at one district‟s attempt
to reach and challenge all students.
Dyslexia and the Brain: Describes what current brain research has revealed about reading problems and what that information
means for educators.
Ethical Leadership: A look at ethical issues faced by administrators, and learning how to deal with ethical issues as well as the
virtues needed in administrators (Mar 2007).
Evaluating Professional Development: A look at a guide that creates a model for evaluating professional development gauging
improvement of student learning.
Framework for Parent/Family Involvement: resources to help principals develop standards-based family involvement programs.
Full Service Schools: Explanation and discussion of full-service schools and how they incorporate community agencies into
educational development.
Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6: Discussion of the text used by Springfield City Schools to tackle literacy issues.
High School Professional Learning Community: It Does Work!: A high school principal discusses his experiences with
establishing and working through a professional learning community (Dec 2006).
Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium: Standards for School Leaders: A discussion of the set of standards developed
by the ISLLC and why they‟re important.
Leading the Way: Principals and Superintendents Look at Math Instruction: Overview of a text that looks at strategies for
improving math instruction, from the perspective of the principal.
Leading with a Vision for Effective Collaboration: Discusses ways to expand an administrator‟s collaborative efforts to improve
communication and cooperation with staff members (Nov 2007).
National Reports on Education (January 2009): a roundup of research reports.
National Reports on Education (February 2009): a roundup of research reports.
National Reports on Education (May 2010): a roundup of research reports.
National Reports on Education (June 2010): a roundup of research reports.
National Reports on Education (September 2010): a roundup of research reports.
NSDC Standards for Staff Development: developed by the National Staff Development Council to promote high-quality learning
for all educators.
On Common Ground: The Power of Professional Learning Communities: Discussion of the benefits of professional learning
communities, as well as how this approach differs from traditional methods.
Panel on Civic Responsibility: Columbus, Ohio: An overview of the goals and mission of the interprofessional panel created in
Columbus to educate the masses about civic responsibility (April 2007).
Parent Involvement: A summary of different ways to inspire parental involvement into school activities and development, as well
as support learning at home.
Professional Code of Ethics: Principles and Principals: Identifies some of the reasons for ethical responsibility, as well as
sources for creating an ethical code and a general outline of ethical behavior for educators (Mar 2008).
Professional Reading Suggestions from the PO Editorial Board (June 2006): Various articles suggested by the PO board,
including maximizing earnings for educators, community building through urban planting/development, school integration, and
dividing leadership among many individuals.
Professional Reading Suggestions from the PO Editorial Board (June 2007): An overview of several books on topics ranging from
leadership, relationships, poverty, and globalization.
Queen Bees and Wannabes: review of a book describing the world of adolescent girls and how parents and educators can
communicate with them.
Reports on Education, April 2011: tax changes and school district expenditures in Ohio, teacher quality and performance, and
threats to arts education.
Reports on Education, August 2009: charter schools, arts education, state graduation rates, and the Florida Voucher Study.
Reports on Education, December 2009-January 2010: military readiness; charter schools; educational innovation; learning,
arts, and the brain; equity; youth programs; accountability; public schools; teacher development.
Reports on Education, December 2010: reports on black male achievement, the arts and learning, poverty in suburban schools,
student achievement data, and a controversial scholarship program.
Reports on Education, February 2011: reports on trends in education philanthropy, quality counts 2011, the arts and learning,
common core standards, and critical reviews of recent studies of charter schools and effective teaching.
Reports on Education, January 2011: reports on state innovation, graduation rate progress, and Common Core and college and
career readiness.
Reports on Education, March 2011: charter schools, teacher evaluation, ARRA, school district consolidation, and state use of
Reports on Education, May 2011: poverty and reading skills, employers and arts education, value-added school performance
Reports on Education, October 2010: reports examining charter schools, error rates in using test scores for performance
evaluation, and the use of value-added measures for teacher evaluation.
Reports on Education, November 2009: charter schools, achievement gap, state assessments, pre-Kindergarten, arts and
graduation rates, teacher survey, community schools, state standards, STEM careers.
Reports on Educational Research, May 2009: learning teams, NCLB restructuring, and the state of preschool.
Reports on School Funding in Ohio (March 2009): Reports and analyses of the state tax code, budgeting formulas, and charter
school system.
Response to Intervention & Teaching for Social Justice: A look at the Response to Intervention approach to education for
disabled students; also special issue of a journal on a wide range of social injustices.
Results: The Key to Continuous School Improvement: Based on a book that discusses how to use rubric-oriented methods to
improve performance for both students and teachers.
School Leadership for Arts Integrated Education: Defines the principal‟s role in maintaining and developing the arts for
educational development.
Selling Your School Without Selling Your Soul: A look at the new concept of competition among schools and how to advertise
effectively without acting like a salesman.
Short-Term Student Crisis: An Educator/Parent‟s Plea to the School: A list of possible solutions to helping students and parents
dealing with special situations such as student injury or illness (Nov 2006).
So You Have to Teach Math? Sound Advice for K-6 Teachers: Overview of a text that looks at new methods of math education
and delineates strategies for math instruction, including math writing assignments, portfolios, worksheets, etc.
Strong Families, Successful Students: A book by an Ohio State professor offers hope to parents of adolescents who wonder
whether or not what they are doing is “good enough.”
Success for All Students: Highlights of a publication describing research on school improvement and student achievement (May
Systems for Change in Literacy Education: Highlights a 10-step process as a framework for staff professional development in
literacy education.
Teacher Evaluation to Enhance Professional Practice: Retooling differentiation as a method of evaluating teachers.
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners: Publication discusses the importance of differentiating
education according to the needs of the learners, and how to implement it effectively.
The Failures of Integration: A discussion of the current state of separatism, some of the causes as well as some ways to limit or
reduce the impact of race/class separation (Feb 2007).
The First Days of School: Overview of resource book that is useful for both teachers and administrators to improve teacher
effectiveness and school-based professional development (October 2008).
The “Vision Thing”: How to create an appropriate vision, and the elements that make your vision inspirational and effective.
The What, When, How, and Why of High-Quality Principals: Discusses the role of case methodology in leadership development,
and links to an article that discusses its use (Apr 2008).
The World is Flat: A look at the changing world and how to incorporate developments in technology and the political landscape
into the classroom environment (Sept 2007).
Through the Eyes of Children: A report looks at the education of urban children and teenagers and identifies actions and
investments to improving their learning experiences.
What Research Shows about School-Based Service: Findings of the Youth Volunteering and Civic Engagement Survey.
What‟s Worth Fighting for in the Principalship Part 1: Overview of text outlines how a principal can fill the roles needed as
administrator and leader of a school business, but also can keep the focus on education and learning.
What‟s Worth Fighting for in the Principalship Part 2: A continuation of the above article; focuses on fundamentals of the job of
Why African American Children Are Not Achieving: An overview of a book that discusses the barriers African American children
are experiencing in achieving academic success (Aug. 2006).
Who Cares about Public Education?: summary of a forum on Do Americans Care if Politicians Care about Public Education? by
the Public Education Network and Gallup.
Word Journeys: Assessment-Guided Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction: A practical discussion of how to implement
recommendations of a book to improve spelling and literacy among students.

Sticky Issues: how principals handled a challenging situation, how some policy that was in place actually worked, and the
lessons learned from dealing with these issues
A Tenured Teacher Who Hurt Children: An abusive teacher who hides her tracks is discovered and confronted; how to deal with
a situation of possible abuse.
Anti-Authority Cyber Expression: What happens when principals or teachers are the target of cyberbullying?
Are We Waiting for, or Working like Superman? There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to improving schools.
Can Students Really Pass the Test If We Don‟t Teach to It?: Ways to improve test performance that also result in real learning.
Charter Schools Seek Collaboration, Too!: How to coordinate a new charter school with services and information from the local
school district (Nov 2007).
Crisis “Drill”: A belligerent stranger inadvertently causes a school lockdown; a school‟s emergency procedures are tested (Nov
Cyberbullying and Schools: Exploring the Problems and Identifying Solutions. Describes the extent of the problem and types of
cyberbullying. Lists ways that school personnel can help students cope.
Dealing with Sex Offenders: A discussion of the different classifications of sex offenders/predators, as well as how to find
information on the rights and restrictions of an identified predator living in the neighborhood or who is also a parent (Sept
Deep Understanding of Cultural Conflict: Cultural misunderstandings lead to conflict and ways to deal with problems (Feb
Establishing a Norm of Professionalism: Discussion of professional learning days (inservice) and how to keep them relevant (Jan
Ethical or Unethical?: A look at some of the ethical issues that come up for school administrators, as well as some examples of
behaviors both ethical and not (Apr 2006).
Food Fight! The Battle over School Lunch Programs: Battle lines are drawn in school cafeterias over the quality of food served to
Is Competition Good for Education?: Education, like police and fire services, is a service that should be uniformly excellent and
Learning Something from the NFL: Trying to get experienced and tenured teachers to take on trouble cases (May 2006).
Levy, Levy, Levy: Tips for inspiring a community to pass a needed levy…and for preparing a staff for the possibility that it might
not pass, and the resulting layoffs/cutbacks (Dec 2005).
Levy Mode for Principals: How to provide information for a levy to help voters get information needed for a levy to pass (Oct
March Madness: Proficiency Tests and School Report Cards: How to deal with information in school report cards to parents, and
raises questions about how to make that information useful and beneficial to individual students (Mar 2007).
Monetary Advantages or Loyalty to the School Families?: A principal shares an attempted payoff from a company litigating
against parents/families of the school and how the school handled the possible donation (Jan 2006).
Navigating the “Turf Issue” When Repositioning Services: Working with community services and meetings that take place
outside of school hours on school grounds…and how to resolve possible issues and concerns of staff members (Feb 2006).
No Subs!: Some ideas for reducing chaos when one or more teachers unexpectedly require a substitute (Oct 2005).
Ohio‟s Pension Systems Should Be Emulated Instead of Criticized: Public employees earn less in cash compensation and more
is deferred into retirement, a compensation profile that should be emulated by the private sector.
Parents—Take Action If Your Child Is Being Bullied: Where parents can find help for their children.
People Reject Popular Opinions If They Already Hold Opposing Views: Research shows that people grow more confident in some
beliefs when they find out later that a majority of people disagree with them.
Responding to Religious Preferences for Holiday Observation: Discussion of how religious and cultural beliefs have changed
ritualistic observances and holidays in the educational environment (Jan 2008).
Testing Advice: Stick to the Script!: Implications of being a test administrator and the limits of assisting students…and causing
problems (Apr 2007).
The Levy Failed. Now What?: How to deal with the aftereffects of a levy failing, and preparing staff for the inevitable layoffs and
cutbacks (May 2007).
We WILL Be a Team!: PLCs Don‟t Just Happen: A new principal encourages a reluctant, bickering staff to become a Professional
Learning Community (Dec 2006).
What‟s Up With That?: A principal turns a rowdy bus crowd into a book club (June 2006).

Stories from the Field: real-world accounts from real principals

A Principal in Transition: Shifting Gears…Or Was That Stripping Gears?: Tips for turning an unexpected resignation into a positive
career change (May 2007)
Always Have a Backup Plan!: A parent/student gathering is disrupted by rain
An Advocate for Every Child: Staff members are paired with troubled students to handle problems in performance or act as a
mentor and/or counselor (Oct 2007)
Creating New Worlds: Learning through Dramatic Inquiry: Dramatic inquiry permits students to read complex texts and create
dramatic “worlds” where they explore topics significant to everyone.
Differentiated Instruction: One District‟s Journey: A pair of teachers in Gahanna explain how they use differentiated education
techniques to reach students of all levels.
Educational Options for Success: An alternative high school program is serving the needs of students who have been expelled or
are at risk of dropping out.
Empowering Young Women with The Girls Circle Program: A structured support group helps counteract social and interpersonal
forces that impede girls‟ growth and development.
Getting the Support of Unruly Parents: A principal turns a hostile parent around to support a teacher‟s discipline (Feb 2007)
Hedges H.O.S.T.S. Community Volunteers: A look at some community programs aimed at assisting students with literacy issues.
I Made a Difference: A retired principal‟s vote counts in a local school levy ballot (Oct 2006)
Improving Your Own Classroom Assessments: A teacher discusses how standardized testing has improved her own tests and
grading, as well as how she teaches students the material.
Joey‟s Story: A difficult student learns to be a good citizen by caring for office plants.
Learning for All Students: What principals can do to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn.
Making Customized Education a Reality: Online options can provide students and districts opportunities that have not
historically been possible.
Mobilizing Community Resources: Getting Good Volunteers: Hints and tips for getting high-quality volunteers and managing
volunteer participation and talents (Feb 2008).
My First Administrative Assignment: Encouraging words to a challenging building manager leads to a breakthrough (Sept 2005)
Now Playing in a Classroom Near You. A partnership between Ohio State and the Royal Shakespeare Company is engaging
students and improving their learning.
On Being an Excellent School: A principal details how a school improved benchmark scores in proficiency/achievement (Dec
Response to Intervention: A Proactive Approach: A superintendent describes how RTI worked to help ninth graders before they
fell behind academically.
Safety Tips from a Seasoned Administrator: Emergency situation and evacuation tips (Nov 2006).
Standards-Based Education in Three Easy Years: Hints for improving educational methods to meet standards-based testing
goals (Apr 2008).
Teacher-to-Teacher Collaboration: A principal encourages collaboration between teachers of the same grade to promote
cooperation and new ideas (Nov 2007).
Testing Accommodations: A principal following the testing accommodations learns a lesson from the students (March 2007).
The Case for Change: Real transformation takes dedication, hard work, and several other essential factors.
The P.I.E. Program and Mansfield Elective Academy: A student peer mentor program and Mansfield community “conversion”
school are detailed (Sept 2006).
“The Principal‟s Office,” the new reality series on TruTV: a website includes videos of principals discussing situations and
solutions that are interesting and instructive.
The Teacher Who Refused to Let a Parent Off the Hook: Persistence leads to understanding and improved involvement for
parent and child (Jan 2006).
The Team in Intervention Assistance Team: An intervention team collaborates with the school social worker to improve
conditions for a student‟s family (Feb 2006).
Time for Professional Development: A school tries alternative methods for including time for professional development (Mar
Toranki School, Kuusamo, Finland: A new school takes its theme in design and curriculum from the community and
environment, aiding students to survive in a harsh region (Sept 2007).
Trends in School Libraries: Survey results reveal the impact of budget cuts and the Internet on school information resources.
We WILL Be a Team!: A new principal encourages a reluctant, bickering staff to become a team (Oct 2005).
What Kind of Leader Are You?: Discussion of different modes of leadership and how they affect decision making and behaviors
of followers (March 2008).

Toolbox: a collection of articles with practical advice for school and classroom management

Are Schools Unknowingly Encouraging Suicides? This follow-up interview elaborates on a previous article.
Assessment Data + Teacher-Student Partnerships = Springfield Success: A look at student assessment testing, and how a third-
quarter reading assessment example is administered and evaluated.
August! Make a New Year‟s Resolution You‟ll Want to Keep: Fundamental concepts of the role of the principal and how to
incorporate them into a new year and a fresh start.
Beginning a Successful School Partnership with a College/University: A Five-Step Guide for Teachers and Principals: Outlines a
systematic process for beginning creating successful partnerships between schools and universities.
Between Workshops: Assess and Reflect for Focused Participation: A couple of tools to help focus thoughts about educational
development and goals before a workshop.
Checklist: Observable Indicators of an Effective School: A list of data sources used for evaluating the student achievement of a
school (from Columbus City Schools), as well as a categorized list of essential practices of school principals.
Closing Out the School Year: You Can Manage It: Management tips to help prepare for a smooth end to the school year for
instructional staff, students, and parents.
Concrete Examples Don‟t Help Students Learn Math: New research challenges the common practice in many classrooms of
teaching mathematical concepts by using “real-world,” concrete examples.
Cyberbullying Resources for School Administrators: Internet sources of information and advice, including materials for parents
and teachers.
Developing an Off-Campus Suspension Program: Explains the advantages of an off-campus alternative to a suspension
Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: School Conflict Management and the Truancy Prevention through Mediation
programs for Ohio schools.
End-of-Year Reports: Guidelines for You and Your Staff: A checklist to help organize teacher reports and make it clear what
administrative official gets what information.
Evaluating Principals: Who‟s in Charge?: Ways that principals can take charge of their own professional development and
improvement .
Family and Civic Engagement: The Time Dollar Store Offers Training and Rewards for Parent Volunteers: An innovative parent
involvement program engages parents in students‟ learning while helping parents meet their daily needs.
Funding and Resources for Service-Learning: Websites and other related resources.
Get a Handle on Lesson Plans: Ideas for keeping on top of lesson plan reviews, and what to look for in your evaluations.
Getting Teachers Online: Discusses a resource for coursework available online for students and some of the common obstacles
for educators in using this resource.
Girls Circles Offer Safe Spaces for Girls to Share: Girls Circles assist girls in feeling safe as they talk, build bonds, and empower
one another.
Got Lesson Plans?: Emphasizes the importance of reading lesson plans and offers ideas for how to keep on top of them.
Instructional Leadership vs. School Management: A look at how to juggle the two very different roles of a principal; provides a
resource for further reading.
Job Performance Part 1: How to Be Your Own Best Friend: Sample goals and activities in four main areas of principal job
Job Performance Part 2: Goals and Activities: Continuation of part 1, with four additional areas of responsibility.
Know the Score on State Proficiency Tests: Discusses the new format for the ninth-grade graduation exams; how to understand
the new system and prepare your school for the change.
Lead by Walking Around: Description of a resource manual to raise literacy achievement for students.
Lesson Plan Checklist for Differentiation: A checklist devised for teachers to help plan for differentiated instruction; this can also
be used to evaluate weekly lesson plans.
Literacy Classroom Observation: Knowing What to Look for: A “walkthrough” guide for evaluating the quality of a literacy
classroom as well as its effectiveness.
“Literacy Lift” for South-Western Teachers: A monthly newsletter from the Curriculum Coordinator for Holt Schools offers helpful
ideas for literacy education.
Observing a Balanced Literacy Classroom: Provides a checklist for principals observing a classroom setup for literacy education,
with ideas of what to look for and evaluate.
Online Teacher Resources: Research-based resources on the web from The Ohio State University.
Real Money Real World Helps Students Succeed at the Game of Life: An Ohio State University Extension signature program
helps children learn how to pay bill and use money wisely in their future adult life.
Research-Based Instructional Strategies: A detailed look at nine strategies for improving student achievement.
Resources for Dropout Prevention and Helping Students Succeed: Online, research-based tools that offer strategies to improve
students‟ chances of completing school.
Rubric for Fluency in Reading K-3: System used by Mansfield schools to target specific elements of fluency for grades K-3.
Rules for Making Rules: Five basic guidelines for creating effective and enforceable rules for your school.
Running Records for Early Literacy: A tool used by Springfield City Schools to help make decisions in appropriate grouping and
strategies for literacy education.
School Lunches and School Libraries: More resources for principals on school food programs and information resources.
School Quality—Show Me the Money: A look at the current educational system and why money isn‟t the answer to every problem,
as well as how differentiated instruction fits in.
Schools Often React Poorly to Student Suicides: A new book offers advice and resources for administrators dealing with suicide.
Schools, Students, and High-Tech: Resources for School Administrators: As the technology tools get more sophisticated, the role
of schools (and principals) gets trickier. What kids are doing with high-tech tools and how some schools are responding.
Show Your Data: Tips on how to represent educational data in a manner that is both informative and interesting.
Start with Data: Highlights various resources for getting data about school performance and improvement.
STEM Programs Available to Ohio Schools: Describes some K-12 programs in science, math, engineering, and technology that
Ohio State offers.
Teacher Evaluation: Some Improvement Needed: Reviews the current process of evaluating educators, the time it takes, and
some of the problems and pitfalls; links to a book that discusses way to improve the evaluation process.
Teaching and Administrative Resources: A sampling from The Ohio State University School Partnership Summary.
Text-Based Discussion: A detailed workshop activity that focuses on group-based discussion of professional literature.
The Clarity of “Be Here Now”: The importance of being present to work-life balance.
The Listening Principal: The most basic skill for building relationships in schools that a principal can develop is the art of
Web Resources for Educators: New state and federal websites with useful information for schools.
What Students Know and Don‟t Know: Can Your Teachers Tell the Difference?: Using rubric-based assessment to gauge the
skills of students.

The P.O. Zone (Monthly Themes)

Achievement and School Improvement
Bullying and Social Behavior
Civic Engagement
Collaborating with Communities
College Access
Developing Positive Communications with Staff, Parents, and Students
Ethical Issues
Family and Civic Engagement
Family Involvement
Food for Mind and Body
Fostering Educational Responsibility for a Global World
Information for Principals about College Access
Intervention and Empowerment
ISLLC Standard 2
ISLLC Standard 4
Knowledge Is Power
Leadership: A Key to School Success
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Mobilizing the Community
More Research You Can Use
Motivation and Tranformation
Nurturing School Culture
Positive School Culture
Preventing Dropout and Helping Students Succeed
Professional Collaboration
Professional Learning Communities
Research and Resources
Research You Can Use
Resources for Teachers and Administrators
Responding to Diverse Community Needs
Safe Schools
Safety First!
School Discipline
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Standards-Based Instruction
Standards-Based Instruction, Teaching and Learning
Students with Special Needs
Sustaining School Culture
Teaching and Learning
Teens, Behavior, and Schools
The Broader Context of Schools
The School Levy
Virtual Learning
Welcome Back: School Year 2009-10

P.O. Zone Feature Articles

A Confident Future: The AchieveTexas College and Career Initiative improves high school completion rates and early career
A Dozen Easy Ways to Build College Aspiration: practical and painless ways to build a college-connected culture at your school
A Principal‟s Role in Facilitating Technology Adoption in Schools: Four Essential Lessons: How a school approaches technology
and what it expects from its teachers are fundamentally important to successful adoption.
A Snapshot of Women and Girls in Central Ohio: An in-depth survey of the lived experiences of girls in grades 5-12.
Checklist for Navigating the Wild Weather of the School Year: some key tasks for the beginning of the school year
Civic Education Programs in Ohio: A compilation categorized by high school, middle school, and elementary school.
Civic Education on the Bench Outside the Principal‟s Office: Describes the role of principals in making the Columbus Annenberg
Civic Education Initiative effective.
Community and Parent Volunteerism: Research shows that parent volunteerism is a reflection of the opportunities offered by
the school.
Computer-Based Program May Help Relieve Some ADHD Symptoms in Children: An intensive, 5-week working memory training
program shows promise for Children with ADHD.
Computer Simulations Can Be as Effective as Direct Observation at Teaching Students: Computer simulations in science classes
may be an effective and often less expensive and time-consuming way to teach some science concepts.
Cyberbullying and Schools: Exploring the Problems and Identifying Solutions. Describes the extent of the problem and types of
cyberbullying. Lists ways that school personnel can help students cope.
Dropout Prevention Summit: Resources associated with the summit are aimed at making graduation possible and fulfilling
“America‟s Promise.”
Education for Citizenship: The Service-Learning Connection: why citizenship education is critically important and how service-
learning can help.
Even in Good Communities, Roaming Teens a Recipe for Violence: Informal, unsupervised teen gatherings can significantly
increase the likelihood of violent behavior by the adolescents.
Everyday Heroes: Good News Regarding Academic Integrity and Cheating: Why and when students cheat and what
administrators should do about it.
Families, Schools, and the Adolescent: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice: Review of a book documenting diverse
research on successful family involvement in schools.
Family Meals, Adequate Sleep, and Limited TV May Lower Childhood Obesity: A new national study suggests ways to lower
obesity risk in preschool-aged children.
Growing Up without Sibs Doesn‟t Hurt Social Skills. Children who lack peer interaction at home with siblings get a lot of
opportunities to develop social skills as they go through school.
It‟s All about the Hyphen: The Essential Connection between Service and Learning: Explains what makes service-learning
effective at all education levels.
Knowledge Is Power: Fostering Student Aspirations and Achievement. In a speech to the Ohio Entry-Year Principal Program
Institute, Nancy Nestor-Baker describes the current state of education in Ohio.
Lessons about Gun Violence from the New York City Youth Violence Study (NYCYVS) for School Settings and Beyond. Research
yields some suggestions for preventing youth violence.
Managing Teachers in a Virtual World: Describes how principals can provide management and support to teachers working in an
independent virtual school program.
Motivational Factors of Generation Y Educators: Implications for Teacher Retention: Research findings about what motivates
Generation Y teachers can help K-12 administrators keep them in the classroom.
Narcissistic Students Don‟t Mind Cheating Their Way to the Top: Narcissists are motivated to cheat because their academic
performance functions as an opportunity to show off to others.
National Antidrug Campaign Succeeds in Lowering Marijuana Use: The „Above the Influence‟ campaign appears to be successful
because it taps into the desire by teenagers to be independent and self-sufficient.
NSF GK-12 Science Fellows Supporting Teachers Program: The GK-12 program pairs outstanding science and math graduate
students with K-12 teachers to improve STEM teaching and learning.
Ohio Farm to School Initiative: A collaboration between the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of
Education is designed to show students the path from farm to fork.
Quality of Parent-Toddler Relationships Could Affect Risk for Childhood Obesity: New research suggests that there is more to
preventing childhood obesity than focusing on food intake and exercise.
Practice More Important than Age in Learning to Use Computer Mouse: Frequency of practice as well as age influence facility
with the mouse.
Principals Help Students Set Sights on College: ways that elementary, middle, and high school principals can become Access
Resources for Ohio Youth and School Leaders: Community and Youth Collaborative Institute at Ohio State responds to
community needs.
Self-Awareness: The Missing Link to Effective Leadership: Understanding their leadership styles can help school leaders be
Study Shows Key Role Environment Plays in Developing Reading Skills: A study provides evidence that children can make gains
in reading during their early school years, above and beyond the important genetic factors that influence differences.
Teacher-Student Relationships Key to Learning Health & Sex Education: Students may be more inclined to learn life-changing
behaviors from someone they know and trust.
Teen Bloggers Show Little Risky Behavior Online. Knowing the motivations for blogging can assist adults in helping teens.
The Courage to Lead: Urges principals to be courageous leaders who stay the course each day to the good of their students.
The History of Education...and Why NONE of It Matters! Virtual Learning: Characteristics that make online learning, including
“virtual field trips,” worthwhile.
The Ohio STEM Learning Network: Making STEM Education Work for Ohio: Describes innovative and creative approaches to
science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in 10 Ohio schools.
Trends in Social Media: Social media have created a growing expectation that people want to be able to have access to rich
learning experiences at any place and any time.
Turning Teacher Education Upside Down: A new vision of preparation will require the development of partnerships with school
districts in which teacher education becomes a shared responsibility between P-12 schools and higher education.
Underdogs Have More Motivation? Not So Fast, Study Says: Research sduggests that the higher-status group will work harder
than the underdogs in competitive situations.
Welcoming and Supporting Student Teachers in Your School Building: Suggestions for Administrators: Tips and suggestions for
successful student teaching experiences.
Youth Clubs Strengthen Kids‟ Self-Image to Keep Them out of Trouble: When children belong to a youth club, they gain a
stronger sense of who they are as a person, which helps keep them out of trouble.

Reference Desk
Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards: This page organizes articles from the Principal‟s Office according to
how they relate to the six standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).

Need Advice? Ask Us!: words of wisdom from veteran school administrators

Apps for Walkthroughs?: How can principals use iPads for monitoring and feedback?
Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Strategies to help teachers and administrators deal with negative
Class Lists Made Easy. A technique for making balanced classroom assignments for the new school year.
Engaging Elementary Students in Service: A veteran school administrator offers suggestions for starting elementary students on
the road to good citizenship.
Guidelines for Graduates: 10 pieces of advice for the Class of 2010.
How to Say It So They Can Hear It! Improving communication skills is important for all school staff, including principals.
Lighten It Up. Finding small positive things in your school can release tension and relax staff.
Making the Time: Tips for managing a principal‟s time so he or she can get out and see what‟s going on in the school.
THE Most Important Thing You Do: Teacher evaluations may be the most important function an administrator performs.
What about YOU? In order to be good leaders, principals need to take care of themselves first.

Political Landscape: a collection of news items, updates, and essays on policy issues, state and federal legislation, academic
standards, testing issues, the politics of funding, and other issues

Academic Content Standards: Ohio Makes the Grade
Advanced Placement /files/landscape.6.07.php
Alternative Education Licensure: Coming to a School Near You
AM. SUB. HB 1 Quick Guide for Principals
Amended Substitute Senate Bill 1: Fourth-Grade Reading Guarantee Update
Biennial Budget Update: April 2009
Blue Ribbon Task Force on Financing Student Success: Seventh Time‟s the Charm?
Changes to Biennial Budget Bill
Charter Schools Updates
Child Well-Being: Our Future at Risk?
Digital School Culture
Districts in Growth: A Good Thing, and Yet…
Education Updates: January 2008
Education Updates: January 2009
Education Updates: January 2010
Education Updates: January 2011
Education Updates: December 2005
Education Updates: December 2008
Education Updates: December 2009-January 2010
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Education Updates: October 2010
Education Updates: November 2008
Education Updates: November 2009
Education Updates: November 2010
ESEA: Impact on Ohio Schools
Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability
Federal Role in Education:
Food Fights: What Kids Like vs. What They Need
Funding for Education
Highlights of HB 119: The FY08-09 State Budget
Highlights of School Funding Provisions and Policy Changes for Education Included in AM. SUB. HB 1
If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher
Intelligent Design
Minority Graduation Gap Hits Hard on Ohio Students
More on Charter Schools
More School Funding Controversy
New Academic Standards in Senate Bill 1
No Child Left Behind Act: Will Some States Take a Pass?
No Child Left Behind and Special Education: Relief in Sight?
No Child Left Behind: Impact Thus Far
Not Your Mother‟s SAT
Ohio Graduation Test: Will We Pass?
Ohio Literacy Assessment: It‟s a New Day
Ohio School Legislation
Ohio‟s High-Stakes Tests: What‟s in Store for 2001?
Ohio‟s School Funding: Is It June 15 Yet?
Ohio‟s Teacher Education and Licensure Standards: Proposed Revisions
OSU/USI: Building a Bright Future for Urban Education
Professional Development in Public Policy Spotlight
Proposed Biennial Budget FY 2010-2011
Race and Schools
Reading First
School Culture
School Funding Mess
School Funding‟s Latest Supreme Court Order: Fourth Verse, Same as the First
School Levies
School Vouchers: “Help” for Urban Schools?
Standard 1: Vision
Standardized Tests and High-Quality Teaching-Can They Be Friends?
Standards-Based Instruction/Technology Innovation
State Plan for Education
Striving for Excellence
Summary of the Conversations on Education
Teaching Success in Tough Times
The Global Context of Schools
The Larger Context of Schools
The Ohio Proficiency Debate
The Politics of School Programs: National Perspective
Those Unfunded Mandates
Update on Section 504 and ADA
U.S. Elementary/Secondary Education Act—and You
Will the Ohio Legislature Take over Teacher Licensure?