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.
We are working with schools on planning next year's revenue and personnel budgets. We've been in touch with the SDE, and they've said they'll share an FAQ to help districts prepare for FY19 changes.
About a year ago, we traveled with a small group from Oklahoma City to Indianapolis to explore the potential of collective impact. “This work moves at the speed of trust,” we were told and “data should be used as a flashlight, not a hammer.”
Amid budget cuts—and probably more budget cuts—OPSRC would like to remind you that RIF assistance is available to our member schools. Now that springtime is just around the corner, it’s a good time to begin thinking in terms of whether you need to implement a RIF for the ensuing fiscal year, and if so, what you need to do. Some RIFs are quite complex, requiring a lot of thinking through and strategizing.
Hard to believe it is already that wonderful time of the year again! But for many, this is also the time of looking ahead to next year: planning the calendar and ensuring what new ideas you implemented this year are in place as part of next year's normal routine.