It’s a full house today in our offices--35+ educators are here to receive training on NWEA MAPS. Many of these educators drove over 2 hours to learn how to use data to effectively teach their students by better understanding where each of them is in his or her personal development. These educators are seeking positive solutions to how they can better engage their students, and I thank each of them for their efforts!
I am so encouraged and excited by this. I love that we are ALL continually trying new and better ways to help students all over our state become engaged. And speaking of getting your students engaged, there are over 500 Oklahoma students who are currently enrolled in a blended-personalized learning environment. OPSRC helped 4 schools implement this new model for the start of this school year. This learning model allows students to control their Time, Path, Pace and Pace. If this piques your curiosity, you have an open invitation to come hear Ken Grover, founding principal of Innovations Early College HS (Salt Lake City), lead a Day of Information on Personalized Learning on Tuesday, November 15.
I recently participated in a webinar for school attorneys on the topic of how we can better serve and protect our immigrant student population in light of policy changes under the current presidential administration.
Before, during, and after the walkout, I talked to superintendents and school leaders about its legal and be, affected. It was fascinating to be in the school business during this time and to experience working with them through many issues none of us had yet encountered.
At the last State Board meeting, Executive Director of Accreditation Jason Pittenger presented information about school security plans, state requirements for what they must contain, and he provided resources to help schools with their safety and security planning.