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OAC Weekly Snapshot, February 3 - 7

by User Not Found | Feb 07, 2014
We hope you stayed safe and warm this week! Here are some highlights we'd like to share:


  • Watch Highlights from Secretary Duncan's Speech at the Rural Education National Forum – Many of you attended the Rural Education National Forum October 31–November 1, 2013. We were so proud to hear him speak about the importance of education and opportunities in rural communities and recognize the innovative efforts of the OAC and Battelle for Kids. Watch highlights from his speech here. We encourage you to share this with your districts and communities.

  • Superintendents Webinar – Thanks to all the OAC, TIF, and Straight A superintendents who participated in the monthly webinar series on Monday. During this webinar, we covered topics including Straight A grant updates and next steps; the TIF SLO/Assessment Literacy Collaboration Space; the OAC Principals Collaborative; upcoming LLC Workshops; the Leadership Team Study Profiles and other topics for the February CLP and superintendent meetings; and popular discussions, resources, and blog posts on the OAC Collaboration Space. Superintendents received an e-mail with a link to the archived recorded webinar earlier this week. Any questions? Contact Brad Mitchell or Mark Glasbrenner

  • By Popular Demand: Sign up for Email Notifications on the OAC Collaboration Space Would you like to receive an email notification when new discussions are added to the Collaboration Space? We are happy to share we've added that functionality! To sign up go here (use your Ohio Portal username and password to log in), click Email Subscription at the right, and click Subscribe. Once you're signed up, new discussions will be delivered to your inbox, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Try it out! Please note, this notifies you of new discussions only. 

    If a specific discussion interests you, you can also sign up to receive email notifications each time a reply is added by one of your peers. To sign up, click on the specific discussion from 
    this page, click Email Subscription at the right, and click Subscribe. Please note, if you post a discussion or reply to an existing discussion, you will automatically be subscribed to receive email notifications when your peers reply to that specific discussion. You can unsubscribe at any time.

    If you have questions or problems with this functionality, please contact 
    Julie Vujevich.

  • Canceled CLP Regional Meeting and Straight A Superintendent Meeting – The CLP regional meeting and Straight A superintendent meeting scheduled for February 5 at the OU-Zanesville Campus Center were canceled due to weather. These meetings will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for the new date. 

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). Here are some of the latest conversations and resources, including a few shared through the OAC blog and Twitter @OHAppCollab:

  • College and Career Readiness – How did I get Involved?  – In this blog post, Sean Hill (@CvilleHill), from Crooksville Exempted Village Schools, shares details about the first Crooksville Winter Symposium. The event focused on connecting students with educators and having building staff share the experiences and challenges they faced throughout school and preparing for their careers.

  • A Blog Post Brought to you by the Letters "Q" and "M" – In honor of Digital Learning Day on February 5, Linda Knicely (@LindaKnicely) shared information about a new professional development series offered to OAC educators that is focused on online and blended curriculum development. Read blog post. Linda also shared a variety of online professional development opportunities on the Collaboration Space.

  • Let's Talk Grading – Suellen Coleman (@Suellencoleman) started a discussion about grading and would like your thoughts. How are you communicating with your students and parents about grading and how grades are determined? Share your thoughts here.

What's Next

  • CLP Regional Meetings – CLP regional meetings are scheduled throughout February. All meeting times will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. We look forward to covering topics including the Leadership Team Study profiles; ACT data; dual enrollment and professional development needs; and Straight A work and OAC 2.0. Mark your calendars for the following dates/locations:
    • Canceled and will be rescheduled 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
  • 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 now.
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Happy weekend!