After a night or two of listening to our faithful weathermen making sure all their listeners were prepared for the “BIG” storm, it was apparent that the key to survival is being prepared! Several key messages included the following:
Great advice for storms, but being prepared should also carry over to education, to your buildings and classrooms. If you took a photo of any classroom today (2016), would it look any differently than it did 10 years ago? 25 years ago? 50 years ago? For many, neither classrooms nor the instructional methods used look any different, but the world outside has dramatically changed for our students. Are you helping your students be prepared for what the world looks like not only today but also in the next 10 years? 25 years? 50 years into the future? How do educators prepare students for the changing times? All research indicates students need problem-solving skills (project-based learning), and they need to be able to collaborate with a team, using others' strengths to solve challenges. Are your students actively engaged in their own education, or are you the “sage on the stage?”
As you begin to close the year and reflect on your successes and weaknesses, will you be making changes for next year to better prepare your students, or will you take the easy way and do the same lessons you have done in the past? Will you be integrating more technology into your classroom? Will you be presenting challenges/problems for your students to solve based on the knowledge you have taught them? Have you spoken to local businesses or industry to discover what skills they look for in their employees?
Your care and preparation towards meeting these challenges only means your students have a better chance to being prepared for life in a changing world. Remember, we are here to help you address these challenges, so don't hesitate to reach out.
Congratulations on completing the 2017-2018 school year, and happy summer to you! We realize summers aren’t necessarily packed full with vacations and relaxing; it's the opposite in fact.
Unlike some legal matters that may have grey areas, the law is quite clear when it comes to strikes. 70 O.S. Section 509.8 reads as follows:
As an educator, how do you measure success?
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.