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February 26 Educator Currents

Last week's edition of the Educator Currents newsletter is available as a webpage. Learn about two programs in Oklahoma libraries where kids read to dogs; print off a poster about the Reading Sufficiency Act to share with parents; and find a link nominate speakers for this summer's Vision 2020 conference. Please note the deadline for Vision 2020 speaker nominations has been extended to Sunday, March 9.

As always, check out some of the upcoming competitions and professional development opportunities that have come across our desks.

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TLE March Newsletter | Student Learning Objectives Approved

The State Board of Education approved the guidelines that district policies must follow in determining the Student Academic Growth (SAG) component of TLE evaluations for teachers and leaders of non-tested grades and subjects (NTGS).  Read the full newsletter

 

 

Time on Tests

By Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Thursday, March 13, 2013

I hear from educators and parents throughout the state about “teaching to the test” and time spent on testing. I agree teachers should spend more time teaching and students should spend less time worrying about tests.

But I want to clear up some myths.

State Department of Education Names New Assistant Superintendent Overseeing Assessments


OKLAHOMA CITY (March 18, 2014) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announced today that Lisa Chandler is the agency’s new assistant superintendent in charge of assessments.

Chandler is a longtime state-level education policy leader with experience in the public and private sectors. From 2003 to 2007, she served as director of student assessment for the Texas Education Agency where she helped oversee the implementation of a new assessment system.

OKTOY Blog: The Rally for Education


On March 31, I was invited to serve as the opening speaker for Oklahoma’s historic rally for education at the capitol. This is that speech: 

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Peter Markes speaks at the March 31 teacher rally.

TLE April Newsletter | Train-the-Trainer Value-Added Model Workshops

 
April is an important month for educational leaders in Oklahoma because the mandatory roster verification process begins. In order to ensure a smooth transition, district superintendents recently participated in Oklahoma State Department of Education’s VAM Briefing videoconference.  Read the full newsletter
 
 
 
 

Bridging the Gap

 
There was a time when a high school diploma was enough to give someone a fighting chance for economic success.

But those days appear to be over.

OKTOY Blog: The Chi Mei Museum

 
In recent visits to high school orchestras around our state, I have been sharing this story from March 26, 2013. It is the top musical experience of my life:

Peter Markes plays a very expensive violin.

OKTOY Blog: The Greatest Influence

The greatest influence on a child’s learning is his relationship with his teacher. Relationships must be at the core of our teaching. If a child is able to trust the teacher, then he will risk failing in front of her. He will try again knowing that the teacher wants beyond the best for every student. As teachers, we must embrace this above curriculum. In some small part we are responsible to recreate our successful selves, creating a future generation of co-workers, partners, teachers and parents. If it comes between being right and being kind, always choose kind.

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