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New PD for the New Year!

New PD for the New Year!

Welcome back! The new calendar year is certain to bring thoughts of planning and preparation for the next school year. As educators, we always have to stay one step ahead and let the data guide us.

Welcome back! The new calendar year is certain to bring thoughts of planning and preparation for the next school year. As educators, we always have to stay one step ahead and let the data guide us. Now that you have half the school year’s evaluations, observations and student data available, it’s the perfect time to begin planning for your end-of-year and summer professional development.

The Teaching & Learning team, along with Finance, Communications, Legal, and Technology, are putting the final touches on the professional development catalog, which outlines our offerings for the 2018-2019 school year. A huge thanks to each of you who participated in our PD Needs Survey; we used the data to guide us as we brainstormed together to give you exactly what you need at your school sites! You’ll see expanded offerings with personalized learning, student professional development as it relates to digital footprints and a large expansion of our NWEA offerings to help you dive into the data--just to name a few! For the first time ever, we will also offer suggested “tracks.” These tracks will give school leaders and superintendents a series of recommended PD sessions in certain focus areas to which you can refer back as you strategically identify next year’s needs. The tracks will be:

  • Using Data to Inform Instruction
  • Creating a Successful Learning Environment through Effective Management Strategies
  • Understanding and Applying NWEA Data
  • Implementing & Supporting Academic Rigor
  • Applying Successful Instructional Strategies
  • Meeting Student Needs Through Personalized Learning
  • Using Technology to Support Learning

This year our catalog will be offered solely online. When you click on a session you would like to book for your staff, it will link directly to our PD request form. We will loop back with you to confirm receipt and participant details. Look for our Friday News Briefs throughout January where we will announce the roll-out! We already have a few professional development sessions listed for January, February and March 2018. Visit us here and sign up.

Looking forward to more Teaching & Learning in 2018,

Jamila MacArthur

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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