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OAC Weekly Snapshot, August 12-16

by | Aug 16, 2013
It's that time again! Whether you've already started or are getting ready to kickoff the new school year, make this your best year yet! 

Here's a summary of our week:

Highlights

  • Personalized Learning Network (PLN) and Connectors - There have been some questions about our PLN, connectors, and what personalized learning means for the OAC, and we have several resources available to help answer your questions. Within our Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to login) you'll find a Personalized Learning discussion that points you to resources that were shared at the May 9 PLN meeting. Additionally, please read our blog post about PLN connectors. By now, OAC districts should have identified one PLN connector for every school building. If you haven't or have additional questions, please contact Colleen McElligott.
  • Leading and Learning Collaborative (LLC) Workshops - Registration for the first LLC Workshop on September 18 at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio is now open. Have questions about what to expect or who to bring? Read this blog post. Ready to register? Click here.

Interesting Resources

  • How to Twitter - This infographic, by Twiends, is excellent for someone new to Twitter. It does a great job of stepping through the basics, while providing considerations and recommendations for setting up an account and getting started.
  • Principal's Toolkit - The Ohio Department of Education has launched a Principal's Toolkit to help principals communicate with teachers and families about the upcoming changes in education. The toolkit addresses Ohio's new report cards, 3rd grade reading guarantee, new learning standards, and teacher evaluations.
  • OAC Communication and Collaboration Tools - Don't forget about the guides and supporting materials available to you for the new communication and collaboration tools. Our goal is for every OAC educator to know what tools are available to them, how to find them, and understand the basics of using them. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions by leaving a comment below, starting a discussion on the Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to login), or send a tweet to @OHAppCollab.

What's Next?

  • Superintendents' Webinar – Superintendent webinars will continue again this year, taking place the first Monday of each month (September-June) from noon– 12:30 p.m. Join us for the first one of the new school year September 9.
  • Leading and Learning Collaborative – The first LLC workshop of the year will take place September 18 and registration is now open. View the event flyer here and register here. Questions? Leave a comment below.
  • National Rural Education Forum – Early bird registration for the National Rural Education Forum has been extended to August 30. Battelle for Kids and the Ohio Department of Education are hosting the Forum in Columbus, Ohio, October 31–November 1. Find more information and register here.
That's all for now! Happy weekend!