April was a month full of exciting work for the T&L team, but what really has impressed me the most is the commitment of all our members to bring the best education possible to Oklahoma's students while overcoming budgetary issues and other challenges.
I am sure that by now you have been inundated with articles, newsletters, team meeting discussions and over-the-table conversations about the “new” trend in education: personalized learning. I like to think I am a skeptic when it comes to new “fixes’” for education, but this time I FEEL it's different.
We just hosted "A Day of Personalized Learning" with Chickasha and Union City, during which we showcased their experiences implementing personalized learning at their campuses, and all who attended could see and hear the passion in the teachers and administrators who talked about what they are doing. But most importantly, attendees got to hear about the students' experiences and how this model has changed the way they learn.
This seems to be the new buzzword in the media these days--from international athletes (making the wrong choices) to our presidential nominees (making the wrong choices) to our own children (making the wrong choices).
Last Tuesday was quite a day in case you haven’t heard. The governor’s office issued an executive order to require discussion of "administrative services" consolidation in all schools that spend less than 60% of their revenue in the classroom.
The Supreme Court of Oklahoma has spoken. Teachers will get their pay raises as scheduled.
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.