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OAC Weekly Snapshot, October 7-11

by User Not Found | Oct 11, 2013
Here's what we've been up to this week:


  • Principals Collaborative – On October 10, OAC/TIF principals kicked off the 2013 OAC Principals Collaborative. Designed by and for OAC/TIF principals, this day consisted of a series of learning and collaborative sessions focusing on Ohio testing, student growth measures and value-added data, and communication and collaboration tools. Big thanks to all who attended! Don't forget there's a Principals Collaborative discussion on the Collaboration Space, where we'll be posting presentation materials and you can continue the great discussions from the day. We gained a few more Twitter followers from the day, so you can also continue the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #OACLead.
  • Connected Educator Month – In celebration of Connected Educator Month, we are 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. This week's Connected Educator Spotlight features Krissy Machamer (@kmachamer), Media Specialist at Maysville Elementary School. Learn more about her experiences and advice to others in this blog post.
  • 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. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #RuralEdForum.

Interesting Resources

  • Connect, Collaborate, and Grow your PLN On our Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to login) you'll find a robust list of digital and social media tools you can use for your own professional learning and to enhance learning in your classroom. Try a tool out, share your experience, or add to our list! Thanks to Krissy Machamer (@kmachamer) for putting this list together.

  • Student Measures of Hope, Wellness, and Resilience: Why We Should All Pay Attention – In this blog post, Tracy Nájera shares how Ohio TIF districts are researching how a student's education experience impacts their academic outcomes. 

  • 15 Pieces of Advice from Former First-Year Principals – Are you a new principal this year? This post from ASCD Edge provides advice from other principals who have been in your shoes. 

  • 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?

  • 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!