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Dick Cooley
OAISD Board Appoints Dr. Cooley to Open Seat During a regularly scheduled meeting last week, members of the Ottawa Area ISD Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Richard Cooley as an interim Board member to fill an open seat.
OAISD Announces Passing of Long-time, Beloved Board Member On January 28, Ottawa Area ISD lost Mr. Ron Eding, a beloved and dedicated Board of Education member, who passed away after a period of illness and hospitalization.


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Upcoming Events

  • 21 Apr
    • OAISD Board of Education Meeting (In Person Only)
      Date: Apr 21
      Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Location: Ottawa Area Intermediate School District: Educational Services Building, 13565 Port Sheldon St, Holl
      Calendar: OAISD Board of Education

      The April Board Meeting will be in person at the ESB. 

  • 22 Apr
    • Let the Gifted Soar - Authentic Learning for Gifted Students
      Date: Apr 22
      Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Zoom Meeting
      Calendar: OAISD Events

      More Information and Registration Here!

      9:00 - 9:15 Welcome: Kelley Senkowski and Jan Naymick

      9:15 - 10:30  Keynote: Project-based Learning by Dr. Kelly Margot and Dr. Jacque Melin, GVSU Authors

      10:30 - 11:30  PBL Student Projects by Ryan Harrell

      11:30 - 12:30  Twice Exceptional Students; Who Are They? How to Support Them? by Dr. Becky Mann

      12:30 - 1:00  Lunch

      1:00 - 2:00  Advocating for Your Gifted Scholar (How to Work With the School) by Kimberly Phillips Solomon

      2:00 - 3:00  How to PBL Hands-on Workshop

      Q & A by Dr. Kelly Margot and Dr. Jacque Melin

      Cost: $40 (includes ebook)

      Credit: 5.5 SCECHs available

      Your registration includes the ebook from our keynote authors, Kelly Margot and Jacque Melin, titled, Gifted Education and Gifted Students: A Guide for Inservice and Preservice Teachers.

      The ebook will be sent to the email on your registration prior to the conference.

      Educators - Enjoy a collection of PBL ideas and much more!

      Parents - Use the ideas in the book to share with your children's teachers!

      Cancellation is 100% refundable up to 15 days prior; 50% if cancelled 14 days or less prior, due to the book purchase.

      If you have questions regarding the conference, please contact Kelley Senkowski at or Jan Naymick at  For questions regarding registration, you may contact Lynn Potter at

  • 27 Apr
    • 2021 Virtual Transition Workshop - Spring Series
      Date: Apr 27
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: OAISD Events
      Topic:  The Differences Between High School and College: Preparing Your Student for Success (Grand Rapids Community College - GRCC)

      Registration:  VirtualTransition Workshop Registration

      Registration Deadline:  April 21, 2021

      Presenters:  Sulari White, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Academic Advisor / Associate Professor

      Description:  With your support (parents/guardians and family members), students with disabilities can continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. This session will inform you of what to expect and accommodations available to your student. Being well informed will help ensure your student’s success!
  • 19 May
  • 25 May
    • 2021 Virtual Transition Workshop - Spring Series
      Date: May 25
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: OAISD Events
      Topic:  Accessing Resources through Disability Network Lakeshore (DNL) and Brief Overview of Benefits for Young Adults with a Disability

      Registration:  VirtualTransition Workshop Registration

      Registration Deadline:  May 19, 2021

      Presenters:  Kristin Myers and Angela Mitchell – Disability Network Lakeshore

      Description: Disability Network Lakeshore is a local non-profit agency serving individuals and businesses in Ottawa and Allegan counties. This session will consist of an introduction to the five core services that Disability Network Lakeshore focuses on, and how that correlates to the mission which is to connect people with disabilities to resources and opportunities while building communities where everyone can participate, contribute, and belong. During the second portion of the program, participants will be provided information on federal and state benefits for young adults with disabilities and how benefits are impacted by employment. In addition, ABLE Accounts, Special Needs Trusts, and Social Security and Age 18 Redeterminations will be discussed.

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