Can you believe the school year is almost over? Just a few weeks remain with your students, and then summer begins! There’s a myth that educators “take summers off” while lounging by the pool, but OSPRC knows summers are when the real work preparing for next year begins. Summers are a time to reflect, plan forward and grow professionally: you'll spend your time seeking out PD that will help you be the best teacher or administrator you can for your district--in between shopping trips for school supply bargains, of course! And for all this, OPSRC has you covered.
Over the last month, we have requested feedback from schools across the state. We received hundreds of submissions, and we are excited to add additional options to our Online PD Catalog based on your responses! You overwhelmingly prefer guided group collaboration and half-day workshops to meet your needs. The hundreds of responses indicated a need for purposeful technology PD along with classroom management strategies. You’ll see more trainings added this summer to address these focus areas in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on our events page, but we are also happy to come to your school site. You can book online PD HERE.
If you are an administrator planning PD for your school or district, we would love to help you create a year-long strategic PD plan. Please reach out to us, and we can get the process started with you. Plans for professional development rooted in current practice and data will allow you to meet your school’s goals and ensure everybody grows in their role. In Edutopia’s 8 Tips for Highly Effective PD, Vicki Davis writes,
"PD should fit in with the long-term vision for a school or district. Some teachers groan about their district's "technology du jour" approach. Like the soup of the week, some districts don’t know which technology or technique they want implemented. It takes time to learn, practice, and improve teaching. With too many different initiatives, it can send mixed messages and frustrate teachers. Fit PD into the long-term plan.”
It’s the end of tornado season, and hopefully, everyone made it through safe and sound. As architects, we always encourage schools to review their emergency plans every year because as spring rolls around, we can count on receiving numerous calls concerning tornado safety.
We at OPSRC pride ourselves on providing high-quality professional development for our member schools, and in the coming school year, our goal is to greatly increase the number of PD opportunities to which those teachers and leaders have access.
Latest financial updates, including where the 1017 and Common Education Technology Funds stand.
Take a moment! Breathe! Relax! Breathe again. Even better, involve your students! Research is showing that when a teacher introduces just 5 minutes of simple breathing techniques, yoga or meditation, students’ attention spans increase, their focus on topic improves and some studies show improved test scores and fewer cases of bullying.