OPSRC seeks to continually develop better opportunities for professional development based in part on your feedback and embracing teamwork as Dan McCabe suggested above. We’ve heard your requests for additional online offerings and online communities of practice, and we have a solution! OPSRC is excited to announce our transition to the NextThought platform for all of our online learning. You know those state-required courses many of you complete? Or those webinars you log into at a later time and check out? We’re upgrading our online learning platform for all of our members, and we are so excited about the ease and added features it will bring to your experience! We will transition to NextThought in January. Don't worry--all coursework you’ve been able to access will transition to our new platform. But you'll have the added bonus of online community of practice features like chat, sharing, etc.
IMPORTANT: Please download all of your user reports from Litmos that you will need for accreditation before January 1, 2019. After January 1, 2019, you will no longer be able to access those reports from previous.
And never fear: we will be here to support you in this transition with FAQ videos, online tutorials and webinars! We want this transition to be easy for you so that you can begin reaping the benefits of our new system immediately. This transition will also bring more online content. You’ll see modules that support literacy instruction with content around read alouds; shared, close and guided readings; word study; and modeled, guided and independent writings. And we didn’t forget about math with frameworks for number talks and for using math manipulatives. We will also continue to post our webinars online after they air.
We're all familiar with teacher PD. But what about student PD? Probably not so much! Typically, this isn't even something we consider, probably because their main role in school is already focused on learning.
As our schools continue to grow their English language learner populations, it becomes increasingly important for schools to find tools and resources that can assist students in language acquisition and help them better interact with their teachers throughout the process.
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.
Establishing positive communications and rapport among all school staff is critical from day one of the school year.