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OAC Weekly Snapshot, October 28 - November 1

by User Not Found | Nov 04, 2013
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and remembered to change your clocks back! Our weekly snapshot is coming to you a little late because we were at the Rural Education National Forum on Friday, but here's what we were up to last week:


  • Rural Education National Forum – Nearly 300 educators and community partners from 15 states gathered for the first Rural Education National Forum October 31–November 1 in Columbus, Ohio. It was exciting to hear U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, speak about the importance of education and opportunities in rural communities, and recognize the innovative efforts of the OAC and Battelle for Kids. Learning sessions focused on increasing access to advanced learning and effective instruction in rural areas; collaborative strategies and structures that increase influence and strengthen community engagement; and connecting schools, jobs, and communities for rural prosperity. OAC was well represented at the event. Big thanks to all who attended and presented! If you missed it, there was a lot of conversation on Twitter during the event. Search the hashtag #RuralEdForum to see what people were talking about. We also encourage you to share your biggest takeaway from the event in the comments below.

  • Connected Educator Month – It was exciting to see all the digital and social media activity for Connected Educator Month in October. Educators from across the nation were connecting and sharing experiences, tools, and resources around the use of technology in schools and classrooms and to enhance professional networking, learning, and growth. Throughout the month, we highlighted five OAC connected educators on our blog, including Joel Moore (@RVCPrincipal), Krissy Machamer (@kmachamer), Christopher Burrows (@cburrows22), Amanda Pierce (@acolerpierce), and Robert Dodd (@NLHSprincipal). Thanks to each of them for sharing their experiences and advice to others! Did you participate in any Connected Educator Month activities, or have a "connected" experience you'd like to share? Please add a comment below.

Interesting Resources

  • Rx Monday at Meadowbrook Middle School – Bryan Raach (@BryanRaach) has shared a personalized learning initiative that was introduced to Rolling Hills Local School District middle school students last week. Learn more about Rx Monday on the Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to log in). Have a personalized learning practice or concept to share? Add to this discussion.

  • New Discussions for Teachers – Want to connect and collaborate with other OAC educators who teach a specific subject? There are new discussions started specifically for Spanish teachers and Social Studies teachers. Share your best practices and experiences, or start a new subject-specific discussion.

What's Next?

  • OAC Principals Fall Webinar Series, November 13 – This webinar series centers on implementation of the Common Core State Standards and leadership actions for success on the PARCC assessments. The next webinar is scheduled for November 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Log in information will be emailed to OAC principals.
  • 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. 

Make it a great week!