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:
Webinars on differentiation, early learners, and special education all currently live in the NextThought platform as well!
We all have those people who say, ‘Well, back in my day…’ and then begin to tell you how it was in the good old days or the bad old days. We are working in a unique time and place in Oklahoma history; I believe we have probably seen more changes to budget allocations in the past three years than probably in any three-year period of history. This has truly been a wild ride and not in a fun way.
Another valuable service to member districts: school bond support.
I recently participated in a webinar for school attorneys on the topic of how we can better serve and protect our immigrant student population in light of policy changes under the current presidential administration.
If you’re spending any of your summer time to learn and develop new skills, I have some excellent news for you! We have a new free course available courtesy of Odysseyware. I had the pleasure of being part of the Odysseyware Advisory Council this past year. It was a great experience, and I was so happy to be able to share feedback from our member schools with their team.