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OAC Weekly Snapshot May 5-9

by | May 09, 2014
Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week! It's a good time to remind all of you how much we value your hard work, dedication, and commitment to students. Thank you for all you do! 

Interested in recognizing a teacher? Do it through social media! Tweet using the hashtags #celebrateteaching, or share on Facebook using #celebrateteaching and/or tagging @battelleforkids.


  • OAC Principal, Grant Fauver, Explains the Value of Connecting!
Check out this new blog post form Coshocton Principal Grant Fauver highlighting the success of this year's OAC Principal's Collaborative. He stresses the importance of connecting with other principals in the OAC to share practices and lessons learned, a true testament to the value of collaborating!

  • May CLP Meeting
Our beloved CLPs met on Wednesday of this week. A main focus was moving forward, talking about leveraging and connecting our CLPs to the next generation of collaboration with the OAC Straight A Project. Lots of conversation and sharing, and as always, lots of fun!
  • Join OAC Twitter Chats, Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Our host this week was Melanie Wightman (@Mel_Wightman) and the #OACTeach Twitter chat topic was grading practices. Folks shared ideas on how to keep the grading focused on mastery, getting colleagues on the same page, shared some resources and generally had a great time sharing! Check out the archive of this chat here.  

We look forward to seeing more OAC educators jump in next week! Just don't forget to include the hashtag #OACTeach when tweeting!

  • OAC Professional Practice Badges

Have you started your Share and Tweet badge? If not, you are missing out! Congratulations to the nearly 50 OAC educators have earned the Share and Tweet Badges (representing nearly half of the OAC districts), 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

  • Embedding Common Core
OAC and SOAR district teams have been working to embed common core into their collaborative planning times using the K-12 BFK Teacher Planning Tools. They have created some YouTube videos sharing their experiences, check out this playlist! Thanks for posting @DrJudyVan!

  • Using Twitter in your Classrooms
As many of you are earning your Tweet Badges, we've received quite a few questions about ways to use Twitter in your classrooms. Check out some suggestions here and share how you use Twitter.

  • OAC Collaboration Space EnhancementsOAC Collaboration Space
Have you seen the updates to the OAC Collaboration Space landing page? We're making enhancements to accommodate the Straight A grant work and better help you find the information you need. You'll now find new discussion forums for the Straight A Grant and Professional Development Coordinators in addition to the General Discussions forum. Check it out!

If you have any questions or suggestions for Collaboration Space enhancements, contact Julie Vujevich at jvujevich@battelleforkids.org

What's Next

  • New Date: Monthly Superintendents Webinar, May 12
OAC/TIF/Straight A superintendents, please note the change in date for the monthly superintendents webinar. This will now be held Monday, May 12 at noon. Log-in details were sent out earlier this week.

  • Straight A district visits
Our visits with Straight A District Implementation Teams continue next week. Thanks to everyone for taking time out of busy schedules to meet with us!

Have a great weekend!