What will we get next? It seems like every week the state announces another free offering for schools. While the additional resources are helpful, it can be hard to what is being offered and who can access what. Let me try to help a little.
Exact Path is a product from Edmentum. The reading and math programs are offered for free through the State Department of Education. Exact Path uses diagnostic testing to create individualized learning paths for students based on the Oklahoma Academic Standards. Schools can also upload NWEA or Renaissance scores to build learning paths. For teachers, it has an easy-to-read dashboard to let the teacher know exactly what standards students have shown mastery on or are struggling with and need targeted intervention.
The State Department of Education also just announced Imagine Math will be free for 5th and 8th grades. This program builds problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding with support from an online, live, certified, bilingual teacher. This is a great platform to help students at home when a teacher can’t be accessed at all times.
Governor Stitt's Learn Anywhere OK initiative brings districts and families some great options. Edmentum provides the digital curriculum, which delivers adaptive curriculum, research-based assessments and holistic educational services to schools and districts across Oklahoma. All districts can access 6-12 digital curriculum for free. But the initiative also allocates money for each district for Edmentum's K-5 digital curriculum & fully virtual K-12 instructional services; schools can check their allocation amounts here. For K-5 course listings, click here. For 6-12 course listings, click here.
While I wish all these programs would have rolled out in the spring or early summer and accessible from one location, the fact is that together, this is an impressive list of programs that schools can use (almost) all for free. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us, and we will make sure you get access to the program you need.
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.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
October marks the time each year when we bring attention to bullying prevention: how to identify, prevent and report it. It's important to have a specific month designated as National Bullying Prevention month, but bullying has become so rampant in our schools that it's a good idea to keep resources handy to educate students year-round on this harmful and serious problem.
Do you know what copyright law states about fair use in classrooms? If not, read up on this important matter.