September: The Month to be Proactive About Finance
This is one of the most important months of the year for school finances.
You’re Never Too Old to Learn!
Thoughts on iPadpalooza and the new school year.
Having Those Tough Conversations
How will you have some of those tough conversations? How will they sound?
Using Surveys and Social Media to Increase Parent Engagement
Are you effectively communicating with your parents?
The Issue of Inclusion
Are you being inclusive in your school's important conversations?
We welcome you back to a new school year and look forward to helping you!
Student Privacy Issues--Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation
A discussion on student privacy issues.
Financial Checklist for the New School Year
A few items to remember as you get off to a fresh start this school year!
Getting Parents Involved From the Get Go!
Start right from the beginning of the school year to reach out to your parents!
Getting Started with Our Members-Only Website
Learn more about the members-only section of our website!
On Civility and Respect
How do you teach your students about these critically important words?
I’ve compiled a spreadsheet of bills that passed, with a brief summary of each.
Addressing the Need for Textbooks
One thing I hear from schools all the time is that they need textbooks.
The Latest Findings in School Finance
The Oklahoma school finance picture is still cloudy...
Talking to Students About Tragic Events
How do you talk to your students when tragic events occur?
Using a Variety of Tools for Your PD
Creating new PD opportunities on different platforms has become our focus.
What Drives Educators to Be the Best They Can Be?
We know that some of our best lessons come from the most unexpected places.
It’s the Little Things That Make Educators Happy!
What little things make you happy?
USDE/DOJ guidance on transgender students in bathrooms has caused a firestorm.
The End of the Legislative Session and The Wait for the Ed Budget
Now the waiting to see what our education budget will look like.
Summer Reflection: How Effectively are You Communicating With Your Community?
How well are you communicating your district's needs?
Latest in OPSRC PD: Trainings Designed Specifically for Schools
Highlights from a couple of our recent trainings.
Remembering That All Voices Matter
We must remember to give all voices and ideas a chance, no matter one's age.
OPSRC & Express Personnel: A Partnership to Benefit Schools
We have teamed up with Express Personnel to offer a cost-saving solution.
A Revenue Opportunity for Oklahoma Schools
OPSRC & True Wireless are teaming up to share a new funding resource.
Finish Out the School Year With Appreciation for All Educators
Do you take time to voice your thanks to teachers?
Do You Know Open Records Requests?
What are your rights and responsibilities under the Oklahoma Open Records Act?
We're offering a new training opportunity throughout the school year!
The Latest in OK Education Finance
We've a variety of financial resources coming soon to help you with your budget.
Reflection: Are You Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Challenges?
How are you preparing your students for a changing world?
Accentuate the Positive!
Be the voice of positivity and encouragement for your students!
Wind Energy and Its Effect on Oklahoma Education
New wind energy system study & effects on Oklahoma education.
The Happiest of Birthdays to You, Mrs. Cleary!
Celebrating a special lady & author, Beverly Cleary, on this her 100th birthday.
Refresh Regional Summits: Valuable PD Opportunities
Details about the upcoming Refresh Regional Summits.
Confirming What We Already Know
It is the leadership at the top that nurtures the culture of success.
Graduation Cap Feather Case Dismissed
The U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, has dismissed the...
Communicating Education's Budget Woes
Are you regularly updating your community on the budget crisis & its effects?
Setting up the State Testing Client on Chromebooks
Do you plan to use Chromebooks for EOY testing?
School Website Offering: An Affordable Communication Tool
Highlighting one of the valuable products and services that OPSRC offers.
Who Funds OPSRC, and Why Do They Do It?
Our executive director explains our funders and why they support our mission.
Do we set high expectations for our students and stick to them all year?
Fuel OKC: Collective Impact Group Publishes Baseline Report
Fuel OKC publishes baseline report.
Handwritten Letters: A Bygone Era?
Are we evolving to the point where the art of a handwritten letter will be lost?
OPSRC's Statement on SB 1187
Why we requested SB 1187 & comments on some concerns that have been voiced.
It's Almost That Time Again...
We in Oklahoma know all too well the fear this time of year brings...
Doing What We Can to Help All Children Reach Their Potential
Are we doing all we can to find the potential in each of our students?
A Tribute to Harper Lee
This is an extra to my weekly blogs because I couldn't let this moment slide.
“Change your mind, and you change the world."
I love the possibilities and power these words bring to any conversation.
What Are You Reading?
This past weekend, I was traveling and lost my Kindle, and I am quite sad.
Oklahoma Innovations Schools Information
The concept for the Oklahoma Innovations Schools is based on a Salt Lake City...
A Moment of Gratitude
As a former administrator, I know being a principal or a superintendent is...
Modeling The Concept of Being Neighborly
Being neighborly costs nothing, but its value is beyond calculation. As I...
Without Data, Then How?
How does a teacher know which students are struggling readers, struggling in ...
Transitioning to the NEW
Happy 2016!! As I welcome in the new year, I always begin the “cleanse”...
Highlights and Commentary from Today’s SDE Special Board Meeting
Commentary on the Budget Cuts from Financial Services Director Andy EvansThe...
Take Care of Yourself!
I’m not sure about you, but every Friday afternoon I pack my work bag with...
Losing the Fear of Social Media & Using it as a Community Engagement Tool
When I talk to school leaders about how powerful a tool social media can be...
How to Encourage Active Listening in Your Classroom
Do we encourage active listening? How do you know when your students are...
Helping Your Students Cope With Disasters
The international events from the past week have left most, if not all of us...
The Burden and Cost of Administrative Reports
Given the expected budget shortfall during the 2016 legislative session and...
Take a moment! Breathe! Relax! Breathe again. Even better, involve your...
The Effect of Funding Shortages on Ad Valorem-Poor Districts
Funding for public schools in Oklahoma is a hot topic and for good reason...
The October Blues
Think back to your first year in education and your experiences in the...
Your Appearance Matters!
It never ceases to amaze me when I attend professional educational...
Establishing Positive Staff Communication from Day One
Establishing positive communications and rapport among all school staff is...
Let your teachers have a voice!
Let your teachers have a voice! Why not?? In the past week I have read two...
The Importance of Administrator Presence at Teacher PD Sessions
As I continue to do more professional development around the state, two key...
Changing the Conversation
Anyone can eat an elephant… one bite at a time! One of my mentor teachers...
Compliance: Transparency and Open Meetings
This week, the Tulsa World revealed that the Oklahoma Workers Compensation...
Broadening the Scope of FERPA’s Exceptions
In response to a complaint filed by parents of a child with a history of...
Cell Phones in the Classroom: Friend or Foe?
My cell phone lost me today, but no worries–I didn’t panic! I kept telling...
RSA Update Information
Below is a slideshow presented during a recent OPSRC PD session by OKSDE...
Favorite Pastimes in the News
Oh, the hot days of summer! As educators, this is the calm before the August...
Self Reflection: Staying Ahead of the Game for our Students
“Digital Native.” This is a common term for the generation of students in...
Tuesday Solutions: Gratitude for Educators
Thank you! Yes, thank you to all educators who interact daily with your...
Tuesday Solutions: State of Urgency
This is what I hope all Oklahoma educators are feeling as they move into...
Tuesday Solutions: Summer PD & Ed Blogs to Check Out
It’s official: summer is here! Hopefully, you are looking forward to some...
Tuesday Solutions: Engaging Students AND Parents in the Importance of Reading
My best friend, a 1st grade teacher in northern Virginia, was brainstorming...
Friday Forum – Keeping Track
Do you have trouble keeping track of your favorite websites and articles?
Tuesday Solutions: Evernote, the Elephant on your Phone
Yes, I know, I am later than usual posting but I do have a good reason. OPSRC...
Friday Forum – Do You Tweet?
I have to admit – I don’t Tweet! But maybe I should. Is it just another way...
Tuesday Solutions: Video and Professional Development
Teaching tends to be a solitary endeavor. Sure, we deal with people everyday...
Tuesday Solutions: Become More Productive
Do you ever feel like there are just not enough hours in the day? Days in the...
Friday Forum: April is Poetry Month
Did you know April is Poetry Month? I didn’t. If you are looking for ways to...
Tuesday Solutions: Talk of the Town
It’s that season-evaluations are in and staff changes are in the air. How to...
Friday Forum – Learning Can Be Fun
Here are a couple of websites to make your Friday the 13th a little more fun...
Tuesday Solutions – Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
Click on this link, 2015 calendar, to explore upcoming OPSRC professional...
Apps for your iPad
Looking for a way to utilize your new iPad more effectively? Check out these...
It’s almost SPRING-and that means TESTING, among other things
As you ready for your Spring Break, just a reminder of important websites to...
Parent Communications and Prior Consent–Make Sure You Have It!
Many school districts have welcomed and utilized automatic telephone dialing...