It’s finally fall! Cooler temperatures, sporting events and pumpkin everything: my favorite time of the year. It's also the time of year when your routines and procedures are securely in place and learning is happening in all your classrooms. Now, the challenge is analyzing all the data coming your way. Diving into student data, beyond just test scores, is critical to student achievement because it allows for differentiation. In Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit 5 is "Seek to understand before being understood." This is the core for planning differentiated instruction. Lesson planning is about preparing experiences that help all students succeed. According to John McCarthy, the author of “Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction,” students all process and learn differently, and many of them may not succeed through the learning strategies that reside in our current toolboxes. “Opening ourselves to what students bring to the classroom informs us for how best to meet their needs and expands our instructional toolbox to help other students.” OPSRC can help you dive right into your data! We have a data analysis track for professional development and supports with specific NWEA MAP professional development. You can book any of our PD online at https://opsrc.net/pd/pd-catalog-home.
In addition to our data-focused PD tracks, we have so much training coming your way this fall. All of these in-house trainings are free to OPSRC members, and you can register anytime at opsrc.net/events. If you have any questions about our PD offerings, please contact Jason Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a complete listing of October’s PD:
Finally, I’ve got some incredibly bittersweet news to share. I’m transitioning out of my role with OPSRC at the beginning of October to work with Transcend Education on school redesign. I cannot begin to describe the sadness I feel knowing that I may not get to interact as often with all of the incredible #oklaed leaders and teachers I’ve grown so close to. It has been one of the greatest honors to partner alongside you to serve Oklahoma’s students. I’m moving onto a new chapter to learn and grow in my own skill set, but I will be forever grateful to the team at OPSRC and for all of you. The mission of the resource center is one that I deeply believe in; and every single person on the team is fighting for you and for kids. We are honored to serve you. I’m not going far, as I will continue to office out of OPSRC. But if you ever need anything, you’ve got a team of incredible people to call upon. Jason Midkiff, email@example.com, will serve as the Teaching and Learning Interim Director while OPSRC decides upon next steps.
Teaching & Learning Always,
Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Justice (DOJ), coupled with strong support from President Obama, with respect to the rights of transgendered students in public schools, has sparked a political firestorm.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
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.