Education Foundations, large and small, exist all over the nation to support schools and teachers with a focus on meeting school needs where gaps exist. OKCPS has an exceptional foundation that, like other foundations, is working to address many of the educational challenges that our district faces. I visited with Mary Mélon, who is the president of the OKCPS Foundation. You can find more information at their website www.okckids.com, on their Facebook page, or on Twitter.
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This episode of Passing Notes is a cross over with the OPSRC podcast School ZonED. I sat down with Executive Director Brent Bushey and talked all things education and podcasting. You can find out more information about OPSRC -Oklahoma Public School Resource Center – on their website, Twitter, or Facebook.
- Reflecting on the 2018-2019 school year, what areas of growth have you identified for the coming school year?
- What resources are you looking to for growing your practice in the 2019-2020 school year?
- What podcasts/books are you listening to and learning from this school year?
- How can you be a resource to other teachers and to parents in the coming school year?
- What do you need from your school leader or other teachers this school year? How are you advocating for those resources?
For this episode of Passing Notes, I visited with Dr. Joanna Lein. Joanna is the Executive Director of the Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma (TLI). TLI is a nonprofit organization based out of Tulsa, OK that works to develop the skills, knowledge, and mindsets of teachers and school leaders with a focus on novice teachers. You can find Joanna on Twitter @JoMabeeLein or follow TLI Oklahoma @OklahomaTli.
- What spoke to you in this episode?
- Where is your struggle? Classroom management? Guided reading? Instructional practices? Differentiation?
- What micro skills do you need to grow during the 2019-2020 school year?
- What are your goals for the 2019-2020 school year? How do you plan on growing? What small steps can you take towards that goal?
- How are you sharing your knowledge with other teachers?
- How are you supporting novice teachers?
- In the coming year, have you considered time in your day to reflect on your teaching practice?
A look at the 2019-2020 school year by the community of #oklaed.
- What happened this year that you are proud of?
- What lessons did you learn from working with your students? families?
- What do you hope to improve/change for next school year?
- What are you reading this summer to grow as an educator?
- How are you relaxing and rejuvenating this summer to begin the 201920-2020 school year?
The 2019 Oklahoma Legislative Session has come and gone. This year Passing Notes, with the help of a couple of friends, worked to help keep #oklaed informed with regular updates on all things #okleg. Please send your feedback to me by commenting below or direct message me @thestephhinton.
This last episode, posted a little later than planned, is a conversation with Senator JJ Dossett of Senate District 34 and Representative Cyndi Munson of House District 85 (twitter handles linked to name). This episode focused on #oklaed reflections and frustrations from the legislative session.
Listen in as Todd Gragg, Shari Gateley, and I talk all things #oklaed #okleg.
Erin Barnes is a principal and former teacher of Epic Charter Schools. She is also a co-host of the OklaSaid Podcast and the producer of the podcasts The Emancipation Podcast Station and Navigating School.
I sat down with Erin to talk about how thinking outside the box and allowing students to demonstrate mastery through a variety of means provides educators with a more authentic forms of assessment.
- What do you currently use to assess student mastery?
- Do you currently use any alternative forms of assessment when determining student mastery?
- What alternative forms of assessment have been the most effective for you?
- Have you ever considered using student podcasting to determine student mastery? How would creating a student podcast help you identify mastery and needs for remediation?
- What other forms of authentic assessments have you tried or considered trying? How did this experience grow your thinking about assessments or student mastery?
- What are your next steps towards changing assessments in your classroom?