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.
School districts often get caught in the middle of polarizing issues. The matter of transgender students and bathrooms has been one such example, generating a recent spate of lawsuits as opinions clashed and tempers flared.
It’s almost time to welcome students back! We hope you had a restful, relaxing summer and are ready to get back to all of the students anxiously awaiting your return!
Think back to your first year in education and your experiences in the classroom. It was probably one of the hardest years of your professional life and by October, you might have been asking yourself, “what am I doing here?” In my case, I think I cried at least once a month if not more.
This past week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an interim guidance document on campus sexual misconduct in advance of final rule making on schools’ responsibilities under Title IX to respond to sexual misconduct complaints.