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August 18, 2014 : Young Presents at National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Paul Young is starting the new school year at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington with a new energy.  The Lecturer of Music and Education presented at the National Association of Elementary School Principals convention over the summer and came back with new knowledge for the college classroom.
“Attending and presenting keeps me current and allows me to continue learning,” said Young. “That’s why I wanted to go.”
Young is a retired elementary school principal and high school band director.  He has been teaching classes at OUL since 1982.  He presented at the conference with current Tallmadge Elementary School Principal Jeromey Sheets.
“Our presentation was about framing school culture and what the principal’s role is,” said Young. “School culture is also known as school climate.  It’s the environment of a school. When you walk into a school within 30 seconds you can tell what the environment is like.  You can tell if there is structure in the school, if there is order, whether people liked each other, and whether the kids respect their teachers. You can walk into schools where the culture isn’t good and there is total chaos. It really starts with the principal.  Jeromey and I presented about the behavioral expectations.  We talked about what kids in school need to be taught, the academic expectations of what kids in school need to be taught and what principals can do.”
Young said about 75 principals attended the session.  He said the principals shared their own experiences and interacted well with each other. Young said developing the right school culture is important to the educational experience.
“Having a positive school structure and climate will help principals be able to address any issue that comes up and prepare,” said Young.
Young also attended sessions conducted by other well-known presenters.  He said that the presentation given by Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten, opened him up to some new teaching techniques.
“He captivated the audience because he sat on the floor when he spoke, much like you would if you were teaching Kindergarten,” said Young. “He didn’t use a PowerPoint.  He just used a laser and pointed to a blank screen and said ‘Imagine what I have up here.’ He made us all think for ourselves, which was inspiring to me. Now I want to try to do more of that same presentation style with my students in classes.”
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor also spoke at the conference. She talked about the big issues facing schools that the court is examining.