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Best gift ever: an online learning upgrade!

Best gift ever: an online learning upgrade!

We're upgrading our online learning platform to make it better than ever!

Santa’s elves definitely visited OPSRC over the break! They wrapped up the best present ever for the Teaching & Learning team--we are excited to announce our upgrade to the NextThought platform for online learning. But don't worry about the transition: we are gifting you with a series of videos and an FAQ webpage that will make your transition from Litmos seamless. We are just so excited that you will have access to an online Community of Practice (CoP)! According to David Young from EdTech K-12, the internet has created new opportunities for connections and learning that otherwise wouldn’t have existed. This is especially true for professional development, where communities of practice grow networks of educators who come together to learn with, and from, their peers.  

According to educational theorist Etienne Wenger-Trayner, CoPs “are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” This learning theory was first proposed in 1991 by Wenger-Trayner and cognitive anthropologist Jean Lave, but CoPs have existed for centuries — as long as humans have come together to share ideas on common goals. Through NextThought, you’ll now have a chance to connect with educators across our state about topics YOU care about. So often, distance prevents us from learning from one another. Now, OPSRC is closing that gap and making it easier to access experts in your content area, administrators who are sharing the same big goals for their school and instructional assistants who need support with classroom management. We can’t wait to expand our engagement with you and your engagement with others!

NextThought brings PoCs that will empower your school community and own development but will also allow us to expand our banks of online PD. We are prioritizing PD for which we receive the most requests. You’ll see additions in the following categories:

  • Read alouds
  • Shared, close and guided readings
  • Word study
  • Modeled, guided and independent writings
  • Frameworks for number talks and for using math manipulatives.

Webinars on differentiation, early learners, and special education all currently live in the NextThought platform as well!

In other exciting news, Dr. Lloyd Sain is joining us for Four Conversation Skills where he will coach administrators and teacher leaders on how to become more effective coaches for their staff. Dr. Sain provides insight and techniques for drawing on the strengths of your leadership style and your staff and addressing your leadership challenges. Participants will practice using these techniques in focused and intentional scenarios. You don't want to miss this opportunity for leadership development; you can implement the skills you learn the next day! There are just a few seats left, so don’t delay!

Further, if you have any suggestions or requests for this year’s webinar series, we would love to hear from you! We want to bring authors and presenters who will help you grow in your practice and meet your own professional development goals.

Contact any of us:

We look forward to even more ways to teach and learn alongside you in the new year! And remember to book your PD today, as our spring trainings are already filling up.

Jamila MacArthur

Director, Teaching & Learning

Jamila MacArthur serves as OPSRC's Director of Teaching & Learning. In this role, she will lead the team to further expand quality professional development for public schools, including more robust online training offerings. She will also focus on strengthening collaborative partnerships with schools to further develop innovative strategies that increase student achievement. Among her many certifications, she was recently approved as a Summit Learning Certified Support Partner and as as a Tulsa Model Evaluator.

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