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.
You may recognize these words as lyrics within the final song of Broadway's Kinky Boots. I love the possibilities and power these words bring to any conversation.
Never has this catch phrase been more true than this year!
Oh, the hot days of summer! As educators, this is the calm before the August storm, and for parents this is the time when boredom begins to set in. I recently read two articles that rejuvenated two “old-fashion” ideas/activities: coloring and reading to our children (no matter what the age).