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OAC Weekly Snapshot, November 4 - 8

by User Not Found | Nov 08, 2013
Here's what we've been up to this week:


  • CLP Monthly Meeting – We had a productive day with CLPs on November 6. We discussed current events, OAC sustainability, and student projection data, and also had plenty of collaboration time among thought leadership groups. It was exciting to hear CLPs share the benefits they are experiencing from working together and how their hard work is translating into their district team culture. With a common understanding and language, trusted relationships and connections, and shared expectations for students and educators, all OAC educators are empowered to learn, grow and lead to enhance student success. Big thanks to all CLPs for their continued hard work and dedication! Check out the Discussion Forums on the Collaboration Space to see some discussions and comments from the CLP meeting.

  • Leading and Learning Collaborative Workshop – The next Leading and Learning Collaborative Workshop will be held on November 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio. Connect with experts and practitioners to collaborate and learn about implementing powerful strategies to increase educator effectiveness through leading and learning. Each OAC/TIF district can bring up to six people to the workshop. Register now.

  • Blog and Collaboration Space Enhancements – We're excited to share two enhancements with you!

    You can now sign up to have OAC blog posts delivered to 
    your e-mail inbox. All you have to do is visit the OAC blog and click the "Follow blog via e-mail" button. You'll then be prompted to enter your name and e-mail address. Please note, all superintendents and CLPs have already been signed up to receive blog posts via e-mail. 

    And, you no longer have to click through content categories to access the latest discussions on the Collaboration Space.
    They are now sorted by
    newest discussions. This will provide you quicker access to hot topics or recently added conversations. Take a look and let us know what you think. Log in using your Ohio Portal username and password.

Interesting Resources

  • ELA Common Core Placemat Example – Rolling Hills shared their example of using the ELA K-12 Common Core organizer placemat and bundled standards cards. These Common Core organizer placemats were developed by Battelle for Kids and initially shared at the September 2013 LLC Workshop. View Rolling Hills' example.

  • Promoting Student Engagement – Diana Smith, CLP from West Muskingum, started a discussion on the Collaboration Space around Student Engagement. In this post she describes activities West Muskingum has done to encourage student engagement, which includes a focus on Thoughtful Classrooms. She also shared three resources on student engagement the district has provided for teachers. Check it out and feel free to add what your district is doing to promote student engagement. 

  • 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.

  • New Discussions for Principals – Principals, we need your feedback! During the Principals Collaborative meeting on October 10, there was a request for sharing principal SLOs. Do any of you have an SLO you are willing to share? Please participate in the discussion on the Collaboration Space, or go here to upload a resource.

    We are also collecting feedback regarding building-level OTES implementation. If you have a strategy or experience to share, please add to this discussion on the Collaboration Space or contact Tracy Najera.

  • Our OAC Story – Check out the OAC Impact and News page for resources you can use to communicate about the OAC with your communities. We've recently added the document "The OAC: Paving a New Path for Rural Education" which tells the story about the OAC's motivation for joining together, the benefits of collaboration, lessons learned, and the impact the OAC has had on districts, educators, and students. This document was shared in the Collaboration 101 session at the Rural Forum.

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 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. 

Happy weekend!