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Latest in OPSRC PD: Trainings Designed Specifically for Schools

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May 12, 2016

In addition to our regularly scheduled professional development, our team has been actively visiting schools across the state to provide trainings by request. This is especially beneficial for schools for a couple of reasons: 1) it gives them the chance to have trainings designed specifically for them that address their immediate needs, and 2) it provides the convenience of having the event on site. This means no worries about travel time to a separate location, and then getting everyone settled in for the session. Believe it or not, these things can add quite a bit of time to the overall event! 

We truly enjoy these sessions, as it gives us time to work closely with your school staff and understand better exactly what your district's needs are.

To give you a better idea of the kinds of work we're doing, just last week, we were in Locust Grove and Thomas-Fay-Custer, working with teachers, students and parents.

Locust Grove--Ben Parker (IT)

Ben spent 3 days with the Locust Grove Schools community. During this time, he met with parents and gave them valuable information on the best apps to use at home with their children and frank talk on how their kids are really using social media. He also spoke with middle and high school students on proper social media use: etiquette, safety, bullying awareness, etc. Ben also covered the importance of carefully considering the impact of what you post and how that can impact you years down the road when applying for jobs. This is an incredibly important and relevant topic for students today, and we hope to have many other talks like this with additional schools. If you are interested in the resources Ben used during his sessions, you can find them all below:

Thomas-Fay-Custer--Valerie Johnson & Shannon Gaines (T&L)

These 2 regional developers met with 35 teachers from various grade levels. Their collaborative time was spent covering a number of teaching strategies:

  • Whole brain teaching
  • Chunking
  • Refocusing
  • Brain breaks
  • Guided relaxation
  • RATE method
  • Crumple it up
  • Clink or Clunk
  • Share strategies 

Those teachers who attended were given a license to Edivate (formerly PD360), which provides all kinds of instructional videos for teachers to view on their own time to further enhance and improve their teaching methods.  

The goal with our events is to always provide relevant content that you can immediately begin using. There's nothing more frustrating than attending professional development that ends up being a waste of your time, right? We hope you will take advantage of our resources and will request your own events! We are happy to come to you for as long as you need, so feel free to contact any one of us with your requests.

About the Author

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Sarah Julian

Director, Communications

Sarah serves as the Director of Communications for the OPSRC. In this role, she will provide support, consultation, and training on communication plans, social media policies, crisis communications, media relations, and website content.

Sarah has dedicated her entire professional career to Oklahoma public education: over 14 years in communications, technology, and teaching college-level English Composition and Humanities. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Writing & Communications.

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