Monday Memo

2.15.16 - Happy Valentine's Day

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Take a bow, Long

Long is our full-time counter help provided by eBryIT. We really appreciate the counter help and his customer service focus.



It was great meeting you today. I just wanted to take time and say how much I appreciated your help trying to solve my computer problems. I also appreciate you getting me a loaner during for the meantime.

Thank you,

Calley Martinez


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Digital Promise was here last week and they expressed a concern that the Great Commitment didn't contain a tech focus or a call to digital transformation. At first glance, if you look at the Community-Wide Goals and Measures of Student Success, it appears that way. However, if you deep dive into the four pillars and look at the District and instructional commitments, you'll see there is plenty of opportunity to touch with tech.

I took the liberty of highlighting the areas that we could influence, albeit before the reorg. Nevertheless, we are still committed to them.

Let's all climb the same ladder to the same destination.......student success

Digital Promise Debrief

What a great visit we had from Digital Promise. They're pleased with the progress we've made since their first visit to OKCPS in November. No rest for the weary, we have a long way to go on our journey of digital transformation. A lot of the recommendations will require a change of culture and leadership expectations.

For example, as most of you know, I've been a fan of staff admin rights and promoted it with my role at the SDE. We should treat staff as professionals and trust that they will act in accordance with their role as teachers, for we trust them with our most precious resource; children. The visit from Digital Promise reaffirms that belief and we'll be transitioning very soon. With great power, comes great responsibility. As such, we'll be updating the AUP to address those powers and responsibilities. I am hopeful that if we empower our staff, our service request count will diminish as a consequence.

There will be TONS more. The change in culture is for IT Services, too. Remember, same ladder, same goal.

Upcoming Events

OMES - 2nd Visit

Friday, Feb. 19th, 8:30am

1134 Northwest 81st Street

Oklahoma City, OK

OMES will be onsite at 8:30 this Friday to conduct their second and final site visit. Their final report will help guide us as we request bond issue expenditures.

ConnectED Showcase

Friday, Feb. 19th, 8:30am

5100 South Independence Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK

If you have time, please join Principal Schroeder and her staff at Arthur Elementary. As you know, they've received an Apple ConnectED grant and those kids are doing some amazing things. Join them in celebrating their success they've achieved in such a short time.

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AND and Want

A Stanford professor says eliminating 2 phrases from your vocabulary can make you more successful