Monday Memo


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IT Team

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you! I am currently attending a ConnectED Leadership Academy. As I’m with 47 other ConnectED principals hearing the successes and challenges, I realize just how fortunate we have been. The most frequent obstacle encountered by most of my ConnectED peers has been the resistance from the IT Department leaders. I couldn’t wait to boast on the positive experiences and collaboration we experienced in OKCPS! We are ending our first year of our 1:1 technology transformation. A year in review, I am thankful for your consistent support. Thank you, doesn’t seem to be enough… but I hope you’ll know without a doubt, we could not have had a successful year without all of you!

Rhonda J. Schroeder, Principal
Arthur Elementary

Major #fistbump to Aaron Campbell and Ruthie Gallardo-Owens for their site-based support this year. Arthur wouldn't be as far along as they are w/o your hands-on support.

Thanks, Doug

As we get closer to the rollout of Infinite Campus that goes live on July 1, we are having a lot of meetings as we prep for that date. Doug King found an old conference phone that he installed in my office so we can continue usual business, thereby giving us two locations in the IT/Research building to have meetings. Thanks bunches, Doug.

BOE Meeting

Monday, May 16th, 5:30pm

900 North Klein Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK

INTERFACE Conference

Thursday, May 19th, 8:30am-4:45pm

1 Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City, OK

If your team leader will permit it, I'd encourage you to attend the INTERFACE Conference at Cox Convention Center. Looks like some fantastic conference. We like free and relevant PD opportunities.

Infinite Campus - Training

Monday, May 16th, 8am to Friday, May 20th, 3pm

900 North Klein Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK

IC Teacher Coach training continues this in 400A

Hot Dog Cookout '16

Thursday, May 26th, 11:30am

1134 Northwest 8th Street

Oklahoma City, OK

May 26th is the date for our annual hot dog cookout in celebration of Memorial Day. Thanks to Michael Benson for donating his grill and being the grill master.

We'll need buns, mustard, onions, chili, etc. @Cyndy - make that killer cheese and green chili dip with Fritos :)

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Radar Screen

I wanted to let you know of a few tech integration projects at a few of our sites.

- Roosevelt Middle School has launched their 1:1 iPad initiative. They don't nearly have the external financial support and internal oversight as Arthur, but Roosevelt may call on us to provide technical and pedagogical assistance and we must be ready and able to provide whatever they need. Next school year, they will create Apple IDs for their students, create a student/parent handbook, and engage in a digital citizenship campaign.

- Jackson Elementary is about to acquire a ton of technology (iPads and Chromebooks) through their Enterprise Board. He realizes that he has some pretty fast cars, but a 2 lane highway for their wireless infrastructure. He intends to invest 40K in classroom wireless infrastructure upgrades in order to support the number of devices.

- Adams Elementary was awarded a $40K K20 grant to acquire Chromebooks, iPads, and Apple TVs. Principal Zacarias prepared and submitted an excellent grant proposal grounded in Project Based Learning and student access. There's not any money in their grant to cover requisite infrastructure upgrades, but we need to see what can be done so their students have a successful high-quality experience.

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I saw this graphic last week and it struck a chord with me. Since my arrival at OKCPS almost 4 years ago, BYOD for our students has been one of my primary goals. Google Docs, student email, a new Student Information System, and additional computing platforms that we support/advocate were additional goals.

Here are a few things I've learned about the USS Oklahoma City.

  • With financial resources, we can accomplish quite a bit.
  • With additional specialized personnel, we can accomplish quite a bit.
  • Nothing moves fast on the USS Oklahoma City.
  • The District often feels that we are too large to quickly adopt new products and services

Even with these constraints, I have faith that we can succeed. Indeed, we will have fewer resources and personnel this upcoming year. Large districts like Philadelphia, Miami-Dade County, Clark County, and Chicago Public Schools make OKCPS look like a rural school. Each of the districts do some pretty amazing things and they also operate under similar constraints. As much as I want to go much faster, I know that we'll eventually get there.