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OAC Weekly Snapshot, March 3-7

by User Not Found | Mar 07, 2014
Hope you all had a great week. Here are some highlights:


  • LLC Workshop Recap 

    It was nice to see so many of you at the final LLC Workshop of the year! We had a chance to connect with our CLPs, superintendents, and middle school personalized learning connectors (pictured here). And, there were plenty of great sessions to choose from—including Common Core, collaborative leadership, college and career readiness, FIP, and more. See what attendees were talking about on Twitter during the event by searching the hashtag #BFKSOAR. Download resources from the sessions here

  • New Opportunity for Educators: Earn a Personalized Learning Share Badge – OAC/TIF educators can now earn a Personalized Learning Share Badge on the OAC Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to log in). This is the first badge of a series of professional practice badges educators can earn throughout the remainder of the school year. Badges will serve as endorsements of knowledge and skills by recognizing professional learning, demonstrated expertise, and other achievements. Earning badges will help you enhance your practice and connect with your OAC peers. And, depending on district approval, you can also earn CEU credit for completing a badge.

    Congratulations to Krissy Machamer (Maysville), Faith Ecker (Georgetown), Katie Aggas (Coshocton), and Elizabeth Schumacher (Indian Valley) for successfully completing the Share Badge! Click on their names to learn more about them. Many of you have also started the process and are near completion—don't forget to complete all four steps! We encourage all of you to share this opportunity with your schools and districts. Visit the PL Share Badge: Sharing Best Practices discussion to see our growing list of personalized learning best practices.

    If you have questions, please contact 
    Julie Vujevich.

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:

  • Teacher to Teacher: Resources and Lessons Learned for Educators Taking the Teaching Reading: Elementary Education Test Last fall, 15 primary educators from the OAC and SOAR participated in a K-3 Teacher Think Tank organized by Battelle for Kids to share experiences, strategies, and best practices around implementation of Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee. As part of this work, each teacher in the group completed the Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary exam and compiled the following lessons learned to support other educators with registering, preparing, and taking the test. Read the white paper.

  • Doodle for Google Competition – Have you introduced the Doodle for Google competition to your classroom? Find classroom activities here and meet some of the Doodlers. Deadline for entries is March 20. 

What's Next

  • Straight A District Meeting – OAC Straight A teams will be meeting on March 11 to further organize for successful implementation of the Straight A grant. The meeting is 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Columbus/Worthington. Please register your district team here

  • CLP Monthly Meeting – We're looking forward to a day with our CLPs on March 12 at Battelle for Kids. There's lots to discuss, including Common Core, Straight A, the Share Badge and Collaboration Space scavenger hunt, and, of course, there will be collaboration time. See you all next week!
  • Quality Matters Professional Development Series – The Quality Matters Professional Development Series will continue on April 9 at Battelle for Kids and will focus on designing blended courses, collaboration, and planning. Contact Pam Noeth with questions or for more information.
Have questions? Add a comment below.

Happy weekend!