Sneaking Up on Shakespeare 2015!

Through a partnership between The English Speaking Union, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, The University of Tulsa, and Cambridge University, Sneaking up on Shakespeare workshops offer practical, active approaches to teaching Shakespeare and helping students own the language and the plays through collaboration and performance. The focus of this approach is the development of performance-based strategies for teaching Shakespeare. Participants will experience a wide range of active learning strategies and leave with the latest teaching materials.

There is no cost for Oklahoma teachers – even lunch is provided.

Please share this with your teachers and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Paul Stevenson

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Upcoming LETRS events JULY 2015



Please share with others that may be interested in attending LETRS training!

These are the upcoming LETRS trainings that are being offered this summer.

The trainings fill up fast so please sign up quickly if you plan on attending one of the trainings. There are only 45 open spots for each training.


Contact Kayla Hindman, Director of Early Childhood and Physical Ed. at the Oklahoma State Department of Education



Standards Development Committee

The English/Language Arts (ELA) Standards Writing Committee membership is finalized and will meet again on May 14th and 15th, 2015. We are excited to begin this important work toward higher standards for ELA in Oklahoma, and would like to personally invite all teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to provide feedback on the current standards through the survey linked below.

The purpose of this survey is to collect feedback on the current Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) standards for ELA, in order to help inform the Writing Committee in the development of new ELA academic standards for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

This survey will also give the option to provide open commentary and/or suggestions for each of the skill strands comprising the standards. The standards are organized into broad skill strands: (1) Reading/Literature standards, (2) Writing/Grammar/Usage & Mechanics standards, (3) Oral Language/Listening and Speaking standards, and (4) Visual Literacy standards.

Early Childhood & Elementary Grades (PreK-5) Surveys

The PreK-5 ELA PASS standards are organized in broad skill strands by grade level and available for download.  Please review the standards and determine if these are realistic expectations for students progressing from early childhood to elementary school.

Secondary Grades (5-12) Surveys

In order to provide accurate feedback, please download the linked Vertical Progression Guides for grades 5-8, 8-10, and 10-12. These will provide an overview of the ELA standards as they look from grade-to-grade. The vertical progression guides will also be accessible at the start of each survey for grades 5-8, 8-10, and 10-12.

Thank you again for your time and interest!

New ELA and Math Standards for Oklahoma

If you’re interested in the latest developments regarding Oklahoma’s new standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics, there are two ways to stay updated: [1] visiting the New Standards page (CLICK HERE) on the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) official site and [2] following the official OSDE (@oksde) Twitter.

Screen_Shot_2015-03-19_at_7_53_22_AMOn the New Standards page, you can access all presentation materials and drafts from the Standards Steering Committee. Audio and video recordings are also available for each Steering Committee meeting.

Follow along on Twitter for the dates and locations of future Steering Committee meetings.

PD On Your Plan: Explain Your Brain

Also available via YouTube!

With the help of OKCPS Taft middle school students, this module demonstrates how strong readers’ brains work while reading! Watch and enjoy! Also, the handout is available as a download below and don’t forget to post int he comments section.


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  1. How do you get students to explain their brain?
  2. Describe a reading formative assessment that is successful in your classroom.