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OAC Weekly Snapshot, January 13-17

by User Not Found | Jan 17, 2014
It was a busy and productive week for everyone in the OAC! Here are some highlights:


  • LLC Workshop – Thanks to all the teams of educators who came out for the LLC Workshop at Cherry Valley Lodge on Tuesday! It was a great day of learning sessions, PLN Connectors collaboration, and professional development on a variety of topics. If you're looking for materials from any of the learning sessions, you can download them from the SOAR Fileroom on the Ohio Student Progress Portal. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the next LLC Workshop, March 5. 

  • Straight A Superintendents Meeting We had a great meeting with Straight A Personalized Learning Network superintendents following the CORAS meeting on Tuesday. Superintendents, watch your inbox for future communications about Straight A work and implementation details. Questions about Straight A? Contact Brad Mitchell at bmitchell@battelleforkids.org

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:

  • What is Mastery? Lots of OAC educators have commented and posted to the discussion about "what does mastery look like in your classroom?". Thanks Alea Barker (@aleabarker), Rebecca Dodd, Barb Schafer, and others who have talked about determining goals, personalized learning, feedback, and more! So, what does mastery look like in your classroom? Add your thoughts to the discussion. 

  • Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids? Alea Barker (@aleabarker) posted an interesting article from the Huffington Post about how schools and parents can work to help kids become independent and self-reliant. Thanks to Erin Joyce (@ErinAJoyce1) for adding an excerpt from Paul Tought's "How Children Succeed" to add to the discussion. Take a look  at the discussion and share what you think!

  • Recruiting and Staffing in a Rural School Erin Joyce (@ErinAJoyce1) posted an article from WestEd's Center on School Turnaround that documents a rural Nevada school's process for recruiting leadership. Do any of these themes ring true for the OAC? Add your thoughts to the discussion. 

What's Next

  • CLP Regional Meetings – CLP regional meetings will start in early February. All meeting times will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mark your calendars for the following dates/locations:
    • East: Feb. 5, OU-Zanesville Campus Center
    • Southeast: Feb. 19, Best Western Hotel in Caldwell (note change of location from Lori's Restaurant)
    • Southwest: Feb. 26, Circleville High School
We look forward to covering topics including the Leadership Team Study profiles; ACT data; dual enrollment and professional development needs; Straight A work and OAC 2.0. 

  • OAC/TIF Principals Collaborative – The next session of the OAC Principals Collaborative will be held February 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This program provides 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 participate in learning sessions specific to the principalship, collaborate on common issues and challenges from the field, and share best practices and tools. Registration is coming soon.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the observances for Martin Luther King, Jr. day. What are you doing to teach Martin Luther King's legacy in your classroom? Add to the comments below.