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OAC Weekly Snapshot, December 9 - 13

by User Not Found | Dec 13, 2013
The countdown to holiday break begins and the OAC elves continue to be busy leading up to the holiday supporting our districts, educators, and students. Here's what we've been up to.


  • CLP Regional Meetings – This week our CLLs continued the December CLP regional meetings. Topics and conversations have been good, covering personalized learning, college- and career-readiness, leadership team study, and LLC workshops. As always, we appreciate the hard work of our CLPs.
  • Opportunity for English Teacher Dual Enrollment Credentialing – Through a partnership between the OAC and Ohio Dominican University (ODU), OAC English teachers in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to earn their master's degree in English through a flexible, blended learning program in 18 months. For more information, contact Pam Noeth at or visit ODU's website. Stay tuned for more news in January about dual enrollment certification opportunities!

  • Quality Matters Professional Development Series On December 5, Quality Matters hosted the first training session of the new professional development series available to OAC, affiliate districts, and higher education institution partners around blended and online learning. View the flyer to learn more or contact Pam Noeth

  • Sign Up to Receive Blog Posts Via E-mail – 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. 

New Resources and Discussions

Discussions and resources continue to grow on the OAC Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to log in). We encourage you to explore and share this space with your OAC/TIF peers. Here are some of the latest conversations and resources, including a few shared through the OAC blog and Twitter @OHAppCollab:

  • Principals Shared Lessons Learned – OAC/TIF principals are sharing how they are effectively and efficiently implementing OTES in their buildings. Check out the discussion and add your experiences here

  • Grade 4 Ecosystems Unit – Joel Moore (@RVCPrincipal) shared this Common Core placemat River View teachers used for a cross-ciricular unit. The science and language arts teachers, Jessica Rothenstine (@4Rothenstine) and Kathy Birgrigg (@KathyBirgrigg), collaborated to build it using many resources. Download here

  • New Third Grade Reading Guarantee Blog Post  – Battelle for Kids has organized a K-3 Teacher Think Take focused on building the knowledge and skills needed to for sound implementation of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Learn more about the Think Tank and ways to support educators with implementation in this blog post by Judy VanVoorhis (@DrJudyVan). 

    There is also a Third Grade Reading Guarantee discussion on the Collaboration Space. Share your thoughts and experiences.

  • New FIP in Action Module – There is a new FIP in Action Module available to Ohio educators. Learn more about ELA Kindergarten Opinion Writing.

What's Next?

  • Leading and Learning Collaborative (LLC) Workshop – The next LLC Workshop will be held on January, 14, 2014 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. Join the conversation on Twitter leading up to and during the event using the hashtag #BFKSOAR.
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Happy weekend!