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OAC Weekly Snapshot, August 26-30

by User Not Found | Aug 30, 2013
Welcome to Friday and Labor Day weekend! Here's a summary of our week:


  • Rural Education National Forum – Have you heard the exciting news about the Rural Education National Forum at the Greater Columbus Convention Center October 31-November 1? We are happy to share that U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan will be speaking at the event. This Forum is designed to highlight powerful instructional and leadership practices in rural districts, focus strategic conversations around rural opportunities and challenges with national and local experts, and build a network for collaboration among education, community, and business leaders. We encourage our OAC districts to attend. It'll be the perfect place to share our great work and learn from others with similar challenges. Click here for more information and to register
  • Show Your OAC Pride So far 13 of you have information about the OAC on your district website, and 8 have done that using the Proud Member of the OAC button. Thank you! Our goal is to have this button included on all 21 district websites by September 13. Let's make sure everyone knows who we are, what we do, and the value we bring to our students and communities. If you haven't already, show your OAC pride by adding this button to your website and linking back to the OAC section on the Ohio Portal. Please visit the Collaboration Space to download the graphic, instructions, and sample content. Use your Ohio Portal username and password to login. Questions? Contact Julie Vujevich.
  • Personalized Learning and the OAC – Learn more about our personalized learning vision, connections to OAC initiatives, support through our Personalized Learning Network, and next steps by reading this blog post from our own Alea Barker of Crooksville EVSD.

Interesting Resources

  • K-12 Technology Trends to Watch – In this Education Week article, Sean Cavanagh shares six technology trends educators should keep an eye on in the near-term, including mobile technologies, cloud computing, learning analytics, open content, 3-D printing, and virtual and remote laboratories.
  • 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. Superintendents, please join us for the first one of the new school year September 9. Login details coming soon.
  • Leading and Learning Collaborative – 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.
  • Principals Collaborative – The Principals Collaborative will kick off the year October 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This program will provide a powerful experience for rural principals to learn, share, and collaborate in sessions directly connected to their work and experiences within the OAC. OAC/TIF principals will discuss specific topics pertinent to the principalship, collaborate on common issues and challenges, and share best practices and tools. Registration details and agenda coming soon.
  • National Rural Education Forum – Today is the deadline for early bird registration for the National Rural Education Forum. 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.
As you begin to use our new communication and collaboration tools this fall, please tell us what questions you have and what support we can offer. Let us know how we can help in the comments below.

Happy weekend!