Creating new professional development opportunities on different platforms has become the Teaching & Learning team’s focus. We know many times those August PD days are filled with focusing on some of the state-mandated topics like Blood Borne Pathogens, FERPA and others, and that is valuable staff time. To ease this burden, the T & L team has created 10 interactive online courses that deal directly with those state-mandated topics. And when you finish each course, you will be given the option to print a certificate of completion. You can access these courses behind the members only section of our website. Be sure to set up an account, and encourage your staff to do so as well.
To kick-off the 2016-2017 OPSRC professional development calendar, the first statewide regional PD will be both August 2 and 3 in Ardmore and the topic will be interactive notebooks. Due to increased, demand, we have expanded these five regional training to two days in two different regional locations. Click here to register.
If you want to get an overview of our training format and some of the new topics we will be offering this year (including Unwrapping the Standards with Us), we recommend the July 12 Administrator’s Overview from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. We will be showcasing our newest training, Rediscover Reading based on Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion model at this event. Register here.
If your school or district has a Facebook page, chances are you've encountered the dreaded negative comment. Unfortunately, allowing people to voice their displeasure with an issue is just part of the social media game. The benefits of using social media, though, far outweigh the negative.
Technology is all around us in our schools. In fact, in recent years it seems that the challenge for districts isn’t getting technology to the classroom but trying to leverage that technology and use it properly in the classroom.
We at OPSRC pride ourselves on providing high-quality professional development for our member schools, and in the coming school year, our goal is to greatly increase the number of PD opportunities to which those teachers and leaders have access.
As an educator, how do you measure success?