February is a “Launch” month for the Teaching and Learning team as we distribute the 2017 Professional Development Course Catalog. These catalogs will be mailed to each district and available on the OPSRC website as well. Besides the catalog, we will be publishing the 2017 PD Calendar.
On the calendar you will find not only the dates for our regional state-wide trainings, but we have color-coded date opportunities where we hope you might collaborate with other schools/districts in your area for a Collaborative Day. We are encouraging district to schedule more of these days because we feel your staff will see more value in collaborating and exchanging ideas and best practices from their colleagues in other districts. We believe much of the value of a professional day happens when teachers and school leaders are provided the opportunity to have conversations where ideas and best practices are shared. We already have our first Collaborative Day scheduled for August 7 in the panhandle.
Well, it depends. In a very recent case, Graham Public Schools was on the unfortunate side of this question and was held liable. While leaving school to rush to a family medical emergency, the employee tripped on a mat that had been placed there by the school administration.
So now that you are back into the swing of things at school, I'm sure you have a plan in place to actively engage your parents in what's going on in your school or within your classroom.
We’ve all heard the term “October Blues” time and time again. It’s that period in the school year when everything starts to feel a little harder. Maybe it’s fatigue, playing the catch-up-game with the never-ending deadlines, or just the cold weather approaching.
As we move into November, the potential for ed funding changes are very obvious.