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OAC Weekly Snapshot, April 21-25

by User Not Found | Apr 25, 2014


  • Two OAC High Schools Recognized Nationally!                               

    For some good news: shout-outs to South Webster Jr./Sr. High (Bloom-Vernon) and Bethel-Tate High School (Bethel-Tate) for being named to the U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best High Schools, ranked in the top 100 high schools in Ohio. Congrats! 

  • Join OAC Twitter Chats Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
    This week's OAC Twitter chat focused on classroom management in a personalized learning environment, and was hosted by Warren's CLP Barb Schafer (@SchaferBarb). Participants shared their five best classroom management tips, check out an archive of this week's chat on the Collaboration Space here.

    These chats are happening every week on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Next week's chat will be hosted by Krissy Machamer from Maysville, the topic is "growth measures, SLOs, and data...oh my!" If you want to participate, just log into Twitter at the time of the chat, search the hashtag #OACteach, and watch and participate in the conversation. If you tweet, make sure to include the hashtag!

  • OAC Professional Practice Badges!

    The OAC Professional Practice badges are a big hit! Conversation and discussions are growing every day. Over two dozen OAC educators have earned the Share and Tweet Badges, with lots more working through the badge tasks. More details about how you can earn the Share and Tweet badges can be found in this Connecting, Learning, and Sharing blog post from Julie Vujevich.

    If you have completed a badge, don't forget to share this new resource for PD with your colleagues! Help us spread the word and grow the conversation!

New Resources and Discussions

  • What is a Learning Walk?
    Diana Smith of West Muskingum shared the process her district uses for informal peer-to-peer learning. They established a non-judgmental way for teachers to learn from each other and share resources and ideas. Check out the details and the resources she provided here.

  • Spanish Twitter Resource
    Spanish teachers, this one's for you! Rachelle Zuniga of River View shared a Spanish Twitter resource here. Don't forget—we have discussion for Spanish teachers here too. Connect and share!

  • Digital Paintbrushes and Palettes
    What tools do you use when building presentations for your classroom? Melanie Wightman of BFK shares some free tech tools for sprucing up your presentations. Check them out and share what you're using here.

What's Next

  • Straight A District Visits
    The Battelle for Kids team began district visits with all Straight A districts this week. We are excited for the chance to talk through any questions or concerns you have about the upcoming work.

  • Monthly Superintendents Webinar May 5
    The next monthly OAC/Straight A Superintendents webinar will be held Monday, May 5 at noon. 

  • Monthly CLP Meeting May 7
    CLPs please join us for the last monthly meeting of the year! 

Have questions? Add a comment below.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.