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EOPO Superheroes Unite

The theme for my time as President of EOPO is “EOPO Superheroes Unite.” This is a nod to the theme embraced by our now Past President Mary Beth Smith for the previous two years. She encouraged us to “Unleash Your Inner Superhero.” So now that we have been unleashed upon the educational world, we need to unite our super powers to spread the word about how professional development makes us better educational office employees.

The EOPO Board made a decision last year to reduce our gatherings to one conference a year. Our 2019-20 conference was October 25 in Westlake, Ohio. We brought together almost 70 superheroes from across the state to learn and grow for a whole day. Please check out the pictures and notes on the conference starting on page 2 of the EOPO Newsletter. Your next opportunity to gather with other EOPO members will be on Friday, October 9, 2020, in the Cincinnati area. We are still working on a location, but as soon as a contract is signed, the information will be shared.

With only one conference a year, the Board is exploring ways for us to stay in touch as well as provide professional development. We are working on the details for a book study in the spring. Please contact me for preliminary information. If there is someone in your school who might provide a one hour training webinar through Zoom or other online format, please get in touch with me. We would be willing to entertain hosting the presentation by helping with publicity and gaining approval of PSP credit.

Exercise your superhero muscles this year and join with others in these EOPO professional development efforts.

2019-20 President's Theme Logo

Sincerely,

Katherine G. H. Reichley, CEOE,
President
Educational Office Professionals of Ohio
Academic Assessment and Accreditation Specialist
Office of Academic Affairs
c/o Otterbein University
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH  43081
USA
Phone: (614) 823-1173  Fax: (614) 823-1335 

 

Connecting to Learn

We spend a lot of time talking about how education is silo-ed.  Teachers work in their rooms and maybe with other teachers at the same grade level.  They rarely talk across grade levels and especially not buildings.  The employees working in the business office do not interact much with the office staff in the buildings.  People blame the people in charge for not knowing what it is like to work on the front lines of our schools.

Honestly, how would we know what it is like to work in someone else’s office if we never get to know them and their role?  Some of us listen to parents dump a life’s worth of happenings in our lap while others spend the day snuggled up with spreadsheets.  Because of the connections I make in EOPO and NAEOP, I have a better understanding of different kinds of schools.  A Pennsylvania colleague working in a special needs private school has a very different day than mine.  A few inches of snow in Ohio causes a very different set of responses for my colleagues in South Carolina.  Daily routines are very different in Ohio between elementary and career tech schools.  This year I encourage us to come together as often as we can to learn from each other in order to make our schools and EOPO stronger.

The EOPO board made a decision last year to reduce our gatherings to one conference a year.  Because of this change, it is very important you make plans now to attend the October 25 conference in Westlake, Ohio.  We need you and other members to spread the word and make plans to join us for this professional development event.  Look for more details about the fantastic speakers and location see our Events page.  Our event will only be complete if you attend prepared to develop your skills, enhance your knowledge, and grow professionally.

See you at the DoubleTree in Westlake on October 25, 2019!

2019-20 President's Theme Logo

Sincerely,

Katherine G. H. Reichley, CEOE,
President
Educational Office Professionals of Ohio
Academic Assessment and Accreditation Specialist
Office of Academic Affairs
c/o Otterbein University
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH  43081
USA
Phone: (614) 823-1173  Fax: (614) 823-1335