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Online Learning: Get Ready to be Wowed!

Online Learning: Get Ready to be Wowed!

Some changes are a-comin' to our online learning platform!

“To develop professionally: adopt a beginner's mindset, stay teachable, seek feedback,

teach others, and embrace teamwork.” -Dan McCabe

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.

Additionally, join us for our next webinar: Creating Graduates Instead of Dropouts: How to Effectively Differentiate Instruction. The event is scheduled for December 13th at 3:30 p.m. We’ve also got something planned for all our school and district leaders. Dr. Lloyd Sain is joining us for Four Conversation Skills, during which he will coach administrators and teacher leaders on how to become more effective coaches for their staff. Dr. Sain provides insight and techniques for drawing on the strengths of your leadership style and your staff and meeting challenges of leadership. Participants will practice using these techniques in focused and intentional scenarios. You don't want to miss this opportunity for leadership development; you can implement the skills you learn the next day! Register for any of our upcoming events on our website.

If you have any suggestions or requests for this year’s webinar series, we would love to hear from you! We want to bring authors and presenters who will help you grow in your practice and meet your professional development goals. Contact our team:

As always, we look forward to even more ways to teach and learn alongside you in the new year! Check out our PD catalog, and book your PD today--our spring trainings are already filling up.

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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