The Office of Standards and Curriculum is available to provide professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or through videoconference or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology. In order for the professional development to have as much impact as possible, for face-to-face interactions, groups need to include representation from at at least 5 districts, an entire county, or that contain at least 45 teachers. For point-to-point/distance learning technology interactions any size group can be accommodated.
It is my vision that Oklahoma students will be provided a rich, rigorous, challenging, purposeful, and differentiated learning environment that motivates and engages them to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be responsible citizens who are successful in college and career. These students will apply their gained knowledge and skills to life applications; be creative thinkers who convey and explain their thinking in complete sentences; actively communicate utilizing appropriate listening skills and dialogue; argue a thesis with support; compare and contrast others’ perspectives with their own while citing relevant support for their views; generate a response to what they have read, viewed, or heard; actively problem solve with creative multiple solutions and stated reasoning; and, be able to convey their thoughts in legible, clear, structured writing. The enduring understandings for the Oklahoma C3 Standards are that the Standards provide the vehicle by which all students can become college, career, and citizen ready. There needs to be a shift from current standards and practices to enduring understandings fueled by the Standards. Rigor and relevance progress in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, level by level, and scaffold knowledge across content; the depth of knowledge is essential to facilitating learning; and, an integrated approach to purposeful literacy is essential to developing students into independent lifelong learners. As Director of Language Arts Education for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, I hope to be able to share information, resources, strategies, and more to assist teachers, administrators, and students in fulfilling this vision.
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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) | Oklahoma Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (OASCD)
Carol Hurst's Children Literature Site
College Board Advanced Placement Program | Oklahoma SDE AP Page
The English Companion Ning
International Reading Association (IRA) | Oklahoma Reading Association (ORA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) | Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English (OCTE)
National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
National Writing Project (NWP) | OU Writing Project (OWP) | OSU Writing Project (OSUWP)
Oklahoma Teacher Competencies | Commission of Teacher Preparation | SDE Teacher Certification Page
SDE Teacher-Leader Effectiveness Page
Aaron Shepherd's Readers' Theater
Celebration of Books
Livebinders | Adolescent Literacy | Book Talks | Text Complexity
Oklahoma Department of Libraries | Literacy Resource | Oklahoma Book Awards
Livebinders | 6+1 Traits of Writing | Writing Resources | Writing Process | Argumentative Writing
Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame
Red Dirt Festival
SDE Library Media Page
Dr. Tim Shanahan's Literacy Resources and Blog (Authority on new standards integration and literacy)
Building Academic Vocabulary
CliffsNotes: Homework Help and Free Study Guides | SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides
College Board Advanced Placement Program | SDE AP Page
Kay Vandergrift's Special Interest Page
Son of Citation Machine™ | EasyBib: Free Bibliography Maker
UNICEF: Voices of Youth
Livebinders | Literacy with Open Ed. Resources | If It's Not Free, It's Not For Me | Knowledge 2.0 |
Secondary English Resources | Adolescent Literacy | Language Arts | Technology and Language Arts
Livebinder | ActivExpression Resources |
Prezi | Livebinder Tutorial
Technology Page with more!
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