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OAC Weekly Snapshot, September 2-6

by User Not Found | Sep 06, 2013
Hello, September! Hope you all had a great, short week. Here's a summary of our week:


  • Literacy Design Collaborative – We are excited to bring the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) to OAC-TIF districts, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The LDC is a collaborative effort among Battelle, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the Metro School, and Battelle for Kids. The LDC College Ready Tool is designed to improve literacy skills and to prepare students for success in college and in the work place. Currently, 71 teachers in 16 districts throughout the OAC-TIF are participating in LDC training. Read this blog post by Mark Glasbrenner to learn more about the LDC.
  • The Straight A Fund and the OAC – The OAC will be submitting a $15 million proposal under the consortium track of the state's Straight A Fund. A primary element of the proposal will be around a shared dual enrollment system. We see great advantages to joining forces with interested districts to work together on one grant, rather than separate grants. If you would like to learn more about this effort and/or align efforts, please contact Brad Mitchell.
  • Rural Education National Forum, October 31–November 1 – Are you registered for the Rural Education National Forum? U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be speaking at the event, along with a great line up of keynote speakersThis 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 all 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

Interesting Resources

  • Passion + Great People = Great Schools – In this blog post, Robert Dodd, New Lexington High School principal, talks about what makes teachers great and how their passion makes their schools great. We couldn't agree more!
  • The Use of Social Media in Schools – This infographic from Best Master's in Education shows how students use social media, and the benefits of using social media in the classroom for teachers, parents, and students.
  • PLN Connectors for Upcoming Events – Wondering which PLN Connectors need to attend the LLC workshops and "Connecting the Connectors" day on Oct. 2? A document has been posted to the PLN Discussion Thread clarifying who needs to show up when. Questions about the PLN? Contact Alea Barker
  • 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 – The first webinar of the year is on Monday, September 9 from noon– 12:30 p.m. Login details have been emailed to all OAC superintendents. 
  • Leading and Learning Collaborative Workshop – The first LLC Workshop is September 18 at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio. Are you registered? Read this blog post for more information. Click here to register.
  • 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.
  • Rural Education National Forum – The early bird registration deadline for the Rural Education National Forum has been extended to September 13. 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.
Happy weekend!