Holiday Learning: Keeping Students Engaged Over the Break

How do you keep kids learning while they are enjoying the holidays on break? We have some suggestions for you to keep students active so they're ready to go when they come back to your classroom!

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Form Solutions for Schools

If you are trying to cut down on the amount of paper you use to track internal processes and requests, then JotForm may be the answer to your problems!

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5,700 and Counting!

Earlier this month, the SDE put out its FAQ on medical marijuana. It’s a helpful resource, providing links to statutes and other pertinent information to assist schools in decision- and policy-making.

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Continued Budget Improvement News

As we move into the end of the new fiscal year's first quarter, there are signs that the state’s economy is continuing to improve. We'll have a good idea after the next collection cycle if the trend toward improving collections will be sustained.

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To Delete or Not to Delete: That is the Question

If your school or district has a Facebook page, chances are you've encountered the dreaded negative comment. Unfortunately, allowing people to voice their displeasure with an issue is just part of the social media game. The benefits of using social media, though, far outweigh the negative.

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Overwhelmed? We Can Help!

It’s finally fall, y’all! I know you’ve been busy with teacher evaluations, data analysis, sports events--the list goes on. It can absolutely be overwhelming, but we are always here to help. Many of you use the NWEA MAP assessment to measure student growth, which provides powerful data to help you set your instructional priorities and create student interventions.

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Step Up Your Google Game with the Explore Tool

Google has an artificial intelligence tool built into their productivity suite, and it’s something that can save you a lot of time and effort. Here are the basic details you need to get started:

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Back to School, Back to G Suite

Well, we’re back to school, and I know many of you are still racing around trying to get back into the groove. Not only are you trying to get lessons planned and students reacclimatized to procedures, but you're also trying to get comfortable with the technology we use.

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Customer Service Training and Crowdfunding Your Classroom

Two questions: Did you realize that customer service within your schools is everyone's responsibility, not just those sitting in the front office? And did you know that DonorsChoose.org is not the only site you can use to raise money for your classrooms?

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One District's Solution to the Transgender Bathroom Dilemma

School districts often get caught in the middle of polarizing issues. The matter of transgender students and bathrooms has been one such example, generating a recent spate of lawsuits as opinions clashed and tempers flared.

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Reviewing Past Revenue and Looking Ahead to the Midterm

With the beginning of a new year, it is important to look at what happened at the end of the previous year. OMES published the graph below to compare FY18's estimated revenue with collected revenue.

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Upcoming PD to Keep You Learning!

We’re back in business, everybody! It was such a pleasure spending the summer with so many of you. We had a great time hosting you at OPSRC and an even better time spending the day with you at your school sites learning about the great work you do on a daily basis.

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Escape the Classroom: How Taking the Concept of an Escape Room Game can Benefit Your Students and Staff

Does being locked in a room for a specified time during which you must escape using teamwork, puzzle solving and communication sound intriguing? Have you ever visited an escape room or heard of these physical adventure games?

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