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Planning

This week was spent cementing and planning the last minute details for the Oregon Cadre next week, to include handouts for notebooks. Take a look at our agenda. We have ninety people registered. Hoping the connectivity is a go!

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Snow Yippee

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ITSC Lunch

I had an OETC planning luncheon to work on ideas for our 2007 ITSC. I also worked with Jake to make the website registration process more user-friendly.

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ITSC 2007

Here is a short scrapbook on ITSC 2007! It was a success.

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Qwest Teacher Grants

Congratulations to all Qwest Teacher Grants. ODE and OETC had thirty-four applicants totaling $173,000. Qwest awarded $50,000, so the process was VERY competitive. Thank you to ALL that applied!

Gail TurnerAthena-Weston SDWeston Middle
Amy LundstromBend-LaPine SDBuckingham Elementary
Dawn LillisRedmond SDRedmond High
Jared BrougherJunction City SDJunction City High
Jeremi ReedBlachly SDTriangle Elementary
Katy MallottLowell SDLundy Elementary
Kelly BeaudryBend-LaPine SDLaPine Middle
Nancy UnruhSouth Lane SDHarrison Elementary
Tony WynnBlachly SDTriangle Lake High
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REALly?

This week started out as one of my least favorite experiences ever. Training contractors in on entering rigorous and relevant, high quality lessons into the REAL website. Let's have four contractors work four hours entering in lesson plans only to have the system time out and erase all their work. Yep, that was just one of the special events that I had to put up with working from ODE (because we are not allowed to enter in data offsite, security). I was not the only frustrated person, but this contract has been very difficult, not only the learning curve, but the red tape.

Overall, I think the lessons will be pretty good.

Sadly, this was not a great week. I was informed at an Intel meeting that they will not give us the rest of the funding for the Intel grant. A great part is OETCs lack of success in filling and offering Intel Workshops. We have had some, more in Montana, but we have not met our goal. In addition, Intel is no longer using RTAs for training's of the future. So I will be letting Thomas go and this project will be coming to an end.

I am thankful not all weeks are like htis one.

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NSDC

WOW! What great, energizing and thoughtful staff development. I have not been to the National Staff Development Council's (NSDC) conference in five years, as at that time I was so disappointed at the lack of technology integration. This time there still was a lack of technology anywhere (it cost $1,000 for a wireless connection), but this time I looked past that to the strategies. I gained some new ideas I can use when I provide PD, and I know how to integrate the tech. In fact I think we have a niche here at OETC, especially with the cadre's. I think we should present at NSDC in the future.

Nonetheless, I have come back energized.

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Too Many People

OK, there is no way without lots of words to describe the details that go into planning a conference. So I won't bore you with all that I am doing right now to be prepared for ITSC, however it is important to note that we are filling up, and I will need to cap registration, but I wish I could keep taking more in.

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Fall Oregon Meeting

WOW! What a blast. The Oregon Cadre had it's best meeting yet. Take a look at what the cadre is blogging about.

To consider in future planning:

  • Down side, the break out rooms where small.

  • The connectivity was not the best.

  • The process for getting cadre members to be authors on the blog was cumbersome.

  • Vendor supported meals. We had a complaint about a vendor schpeal that paid for dinner

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Deliverable

Presented to ODE on the first REAL Deliverable which was Content Background for English/Language Arts. I had four meetings in a row. I was disappointed that each meeting the participants showed up late. However, we accomplished our first deliverable beyond the requirements.

(Working on ITSC this week to open up registration).

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