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Weekly Snapshot, September 30 - October 4

by User Not Found | Oct 04, 2013
Happy Connected Educator Month! Here's what we've been up to this week:


  • "Connecting the Connectors" Day – On October 2, 115 Personalized Learning Network (PLN) connectors from all grade levels met to learn more about OAC's vision for personalized learning, understand their role and expectations as connectors, share tools and resources for connecting, and discuss how personalized learning connects with OAC initiatives. A big thank you to our PLN team who helped organize this event, including Alea Barker (@AleaBarker), Krissy Machamer (@kmachamer), Amanda Pierce (@acolerpierce), Faith Ecker (@FaithEcker), and Tracey Herron (@RVcurriculum).

    The next PLN meeting is for elementary school connectors and will take place at the LLC Workshop on November 19. Register your team today. We are looking forward to working with our PLN connectors throughout the year!
  • Connected Educator Month – In celebration of Connected Educator Month, we'll be recognizing a few of our OAC educators who are using digital and social media to build relationships, share knowledge, and enhance their own professional learning. Each week, we'll post an OAC Connected Educator Spotlight featuring answers to five questions about their experiences as a connected educator, advice to other educators, and tools they use.

    Joel Moore (@RVCPrincipal), Principal at Conesville Elementary School, is our OAC Connected Educator Spotlight of the week. Learn more about his experiences and advice to others in this blog post.

  • Principals Collaborative – We're looking forward to the kickoff of the OAC Principals Collaborative next week, 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. If you haven't already, register now.
  • Rural Education National Forum, October 31–November 1 – Are you registered for the Rural Education National Forum? We strongly encourage all OAC districts to attend. The Forum is designed to highlight powerful instruction 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. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be speaking at the event, along with a great lineup of keynote speakers. For more information and to register, click here.

Interesting Resources

  • Principals Webinar – This fall, OAC/TIF principals have access to a webinar series designed specifically for them. The three-part series will focus on the Top Six Leadership Actions for Success on PARCC Next Generation Assessments. The first webinar was held September 26 and served as an overview of the six actions, specifically focusing on shifts, feedback, and authentic performance assessments. The webinar is available on the Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to login). Please share your thoughts and comments!

  • Peer Observation Form – This peer observation form and reflection is used by Georgetown teachers as they observe their colleagues once per quarter. The rubric was designed using the OTES rubric as a model, and is used during observation and reflection. Thanks for sharing, Faith Ecker (@FaithEcker)!

  • LLC Workshop Materials – Looking for materials from the September 18 LLC Workshop? Visit the Collaboration Space

  • 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, or send a tweet to @OHAppCollab.

What's Next?

  • Superintendents Webinar, October 7 – The next Superintendents Webinar will be October 7 from noon to 12:30 p.m. Login information will be emailed to OAC superintendents.
  • Principals Collaborative, October 10 – 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. Click here to register.
  • TIF District Meeting, October 11 – On October 11, teams from the Ohio TIF districts will be engaged in legacy building activities, specifically learning more about alternative compensation and career pathways for teachers and principals. This half-day session will be facilitated by Battelle for Kids' Human Capital Team. For more information, contact Tracy Nájera
  • OAC Principals Fall Webinar Series, October 24 – This webinar series, specifically for OAC principals, centers on implementation of the Common Core State Standards and leadership actions for success on the PARCC assessments. View the webinar series flyer for dates, times, and more information. The next webinar of the series is scheduled October 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Login information will be emailed to OAC principals.
  • Rural Education National Forum,  October 31–November 1 – 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.
  • Leading and Learning Collaborative Workshop, November 19 – The next LLC workshop will be on November 19 at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio. Register your team today.
Have questions? Add a comment below. 

Happy weekend!