LETRS in July, 2015

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! We still have a few tickets available for the LETRS trainings below.

*You will need to purchase and bring your own book for the training. More details are in the Eventbrite description.

  1. OKC LETRS Foundations July 6-9
  2. OKC LETRS Modules 1-3 July 13-16 
  3. Elk City LETRS Foundations July 27-30

We are currently working on scheduling more trainings during the FALL!

For additional help, contact Kayla Hindman, Director of Early Childhood and Physical Education at Kayla.Hindman@sde.ok.gov or 405-522-4499.

Podcast On Your Plan episode 6 with Claudia Swisher (part 1)

Claudia Swisher is a “retired” Oklahoma educator with thirty-nine years of experience. She is a very involved education advocate in regards to policy and supporting new teachers. You may know Claudia from her active social media presence, blogging, and as a pioneer for Reading for Pleasure coursework.

She has a lot to share and I had a lot to learn so this episode is another two-parter. In part one, we really get to know her background as a teacher, advocate, and what we can learn from her experiences. Part two is coming soon and focuses on her teaching style.

Enjoy this episode to get to know more about Claudia and connect using the links provided below.

You can also connect with Claudia on Twitter atScreen Shot 2015-05-28 at 11.53.48 AM@ClaudiaSwisher!

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Podcast On Your Plan episode 5 with Cindy Riedl

Cindy Riedl is an advocate for authentic writing instruction and objective assessments.

IMG_20150622_105117893_HDROn this episode, Cindy was gracious enough to share her successful formula for authentic writing instruction and objective assessment. She teaches 5th grade students, but her system is practical and beneficial for all middle and high school students. As an added bonus, Cindy shares some great ideas for keeping parents involved by creatively using DropBox and more!

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

If you want to learn more from Cindy, contact her at Aweighwithwords@yahoo.com.



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Podcast On Your Plan episode 4 with Brook Meiller

O2015-02-13 14.29.29ur state is lucky to have education leaders like Brook Meiller! Full disclosure: Brook is a personal mentor of mine, but I can’t keep her all to myself. It just wouldn’t be right! She has so much to share and will inspire any listener, whether you’re a teacher, parent, or administrator.

Don’t forget to follow and learn from Brook via Twitter and leave some feedback in the comment box at the bottom of the page or via SoundCloud. Share three takeaways that either affirmed, challenged, or changed your view on teaching. Also, tell a friend and subscribe (via iTunes or Stitcher) to engage with more education mentors and leaders!

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  • 2:39 – Professional Self-Reflection
  • 7:20 – Desire to “Fix” Students
  • 10:50 – How to Implement New
  • 12:50 – The Essential Reflection Questions
  • 15:40 – Common Assessments
  • 17:20 – Giving Students Feedback
  • 20:00 – Continuous Learning: How To
  • 24:40 – Technology and Literacy
  • 32:00 – Why we teach structured writing
  • 33:00 – How to Create Relationships with Students
  • 41:00 – How to Teach Reading and Writing
  • 44:30 – Phonics and Whole Language Reading
  • 47:30 – How to Teach Reading
  • 48:30 – Advocacy Problems and Solutions


ELAOK Podcast On Your Plan episode 3 with Levi Patrick

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Meet Levi Patrick (Left). He is the Director of Secondary Math at the Oklahoma State Department of Education and avid bird watcher. Find out more about Levi at OKMathTeachers.com.

On this episode Levi and I discuss our excitement for #EngageOK and talk about the development of new standards for ELA and Math.

Get excited with us and listen below via SoundCloud or subscribe via Stitcher and iTunes!

Have questions? Leave them in the comment box at the bottom of the page or message us on Twitter!

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