EngageOK Teachers: New Standards Resources

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Welcome to Oklahoma’s New Academic Standards

Greetings, teachers! 

We want to thank all of you for your commitment, caring and professionalism, particularly in these challenging times. You are valued! We appreciate everyone who contributed to the writing of the standards for Oklahomans by Oklahomans. These standards – which take effect next school year – are clear, concise and comprehensive.

The goal of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is to provide support as you begin to implement the 2016 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards. OSDE is preparing a number of resources to give you the teaching tools you need. Below are some examples of what will be available to you on the OSDE standards web pages. To see the pages, click here.

We are here for you! Professional development will be available continuously to share ways to effectively implement the 2016 standards. Multiple opportunities to connect with teachers include: a series of webinars including Summer Launch Parties, Engage OK on the Road in July, regional presentations and visits to school districts.

We look forward to the many collaborative opportunities ahead as we work together to provide high-quality teaching and learning for each student.

Please reach out to us throughout the summer and the 2016-2017 school year with questions and suggestions. We stand ready to support you.

– Dr. Cindy Koss

Deputy Superintendent for Academic Affairs and Planning, OSDE


Spot Differences From PASS With Snapshot Guides

How are the new Oklahoma Academic Standards different from PASS? For an abbreviated view to help you get acquainted with the changes, OSDE is developing At-a-Glance resources for each grade to identify the new concepts.

The ELA At-a-Glance guide also points to the changed emphasis from one set of standards to the OAS and marks notable progressions from the previous grade. For example, in sixth grade, students are now expected to explicitly address the opinion writing mode.

The Math At-a-Glance guide lists key concept changes and notes critical gaps that must be taught as we transition to the new standards. In math, for example, second-graders are expected to locate numbers on an open number line and solve real-world addition and subtraction problems.

Instruction teams are finishing up the At-a-Glance documents, and the guides are being posted on the OSDE website beginning this week.

To watch for the ELA At-a-Glance guide, click here.

To watch for the Math At-a-Glance guide, click here.

Professional Development in Bite-Sized Pieces

PD on Your Plan is a simple concept providing exceptional learning experiences for every Oklahoma teacher in a teacher-friendly format. We call it “PD on Your Plan” because we recognize all the amazing work teachers do day in and day out, fitting bathroom breaks into 5-minute passing periods while simultaneously monitoring hallways! But even when we are maxed out, sometimes we need to push ourselves to think deeply about our practice. PD on Your Plan provides short investigations that give you that option during your planning period, lunch or before you make your way home (for more grading and planning). They can take the shape of blog posts, podcasts or videos.

To see PD on Your Plan segments for ELA, click here.

To see PD on Your Plan segments for math, click here.

Get a Quick Tour of New Oklahoma Math Standards

For a quick tour of the seven mathematical operations and processes at the core of the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics, check out the most recent OKMath Podcast. You’ll also learn about clarification on how assessments might be changing in Oklahoma, curriculum resources and the vision for standards implementation. To listen to the presentation or view the slides, click here.

To see the new math standards, click here.

Learning to Teach ELA Standards: Where to Start?

Confused on where to start as you dive into the new ELA Oklahoma Academic Standards? Josh Flores, OSDE’s director of secondary English language arts, has developed a 12-minute PD on Your Plan video to help. If the new standards seem daunting, remember: They are more rigorous yet much easier to navigate. Whereas PASS may have included 175 standards in one grade, the new OAS includes only 80.

To visit the ELA OK Teachers website and watch the video, click here.

To see the new ELA standards, click here.

District Leads Invited to June Video Conferences

Join us for our Summer Virtual Launch Parties in June, created specifically for district leads, instructional coaches, curriculum directors, principals and superintendents. Each event – one for ELA and one for math – is a live video conference connecting district leaders with OSDE instruction directors equipped with the latest information on how to help your schools transition to the new standards. Topics will include how the new standards will impact Teacher and Leader Effectiveness and accountability.

Eleven launch party conferencing sites will take place throughout the state: Ardmore, Bartlesville, Guymon, Howe, Lawton, McAlester, Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Tulsa and Woodward.

The ELA Virtual Launch Party will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 6. To register for this free event, click here.

The Math Virtual Launch Party will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. To register for this free event, click here.

July Conferences Coming to a City Near You


Join us for rich and meaningful professional development, including strategies for implementing new standards in English language arts, math, science, health and physical education.

We’re taking our summer education conference, EngageOK, on the road this year to help reduce travel costs for you and your districts. Each conference will open at 8 a.m. with a general session, followed by breakout sessions throughout the day until 3 p.m.

We are still finalizing the agenda for each of the six locations, but here is a sneak peek at some of the topics we will address:

  • dates LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: This session looks at new bills passed that affect all areas of education, including instruction, curriculum, assessment, accountability, finance, personnel issues, teacher certification, school board policy, school site requirements and more.
  • LOWER ELEMENTARY, UPPER ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL MATH TASK FORCES: Join other teachers as you dig into the OAS. Experience first-hand what true mathematics looks like and create tasks to stimulate curiosity and create engagement in your classrooms. Bring your laptop and be ready to collaborate!
  • OAS FOR ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY ELA: Join other teachers as they dig into OAS and OSDE curriculum resources. Provide feedback related to curriculum resources for standards implementation.
  • ADAPTING SCIENCE CURRICULUM: Analyze strategies for adapting existing curriculum to meet the OAS for science. K-12 educators will walk away with tools they can easily use for the next school year.
  • SCIENCE ASSESSMENT, MAKING THINKING VISIBLE: Explore classroom assessment strategies aligned to OAS for science. This session will be geared toward effective strategies for “informative assessments” that make student thinking visible. The session will also include an introduction to the statewide summative assessment structure for 5th grade, 8th grade and Biology I.
  • ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Make this the best year ever by learning strategies to establish a positive classroom culture. Create a grade-level appropriate behavior system with your students. Gain practical classroom tips to make life in the classroom simple and allow you to minimize behavior problems and maximize learning.
  • SECONDARY SCHOOL CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR LEADERS: District and/or building leaders will learn about proven and practical processes, procedures and strategies that can build a culture of positive behavior and respect in secondary schools.
  • CO-TEACHING & ALL ITS GLORY: Learn about the research, law and various models supporting successful implementation of co-teaching through modeling. Leave with teacher-friendly ideas, materials and ideas to implement and share.
  • EQUITABLE ACCESS TO EXCELLENT EDUCATORS PLAN: Join the conversation as we report implementation efforts of the State Equity Plan and target district and site level equity planning. Hear guidance on school culture and professional development as it relates to school improvement.
  • TITLE IX: Get guidance in meeting the federal requirements of Title IX, such as the assignment of district coordinators and administration of climate surveys.
    Positive changes are heading our way in the TLE process. Learn about legislative changes, new supports and learning opportunities for educators, and how our evaluation process can become a helpful tool.
  • SUICIDE PREVENTION: Districts will discuss policies and protocols for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. Four districts will discuss their procedures for the safety of the school and students.
  • CAREER ADVISING: How do we provide teachers, counselors and administrators the resources to develop student Individual Academic Plans for Career Pathways? Join us for sharing of ideas, resources and examples of career pathways for your students.
  • FY17 BUDGET OVERVIEW: Learn about budget updates and have your questions ready for us!
  • WHAT’S NEXT AFTER ESSA? Learn about the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act across Federal Programs (Titles I A, I C, II A, III A, V, IX).

To register online and for more details as they become available, click here. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. the day of the conference. Classroom dress preferred. Professional development certificates will be available inside the program at each site.

To watch a highlight video from 2015’s conference, click here.

We hope to see you at EngageOK On the Road!

Help Design Resources for Oklahoma Teachers

The new standards are here, but they’re not the only documents you’ll have to help you plan your lessons.

The Curriculum Frameworks are companion resources to the standards. OSDE is developing these helpful guides over the summer and needs your feedback and ideas. The guides will help illustrate the standards through examples, tasks and classroom assessments.

If you are an exceptional educator and would like to join the teams developing these resources for ELA, mathematics, health or physical education, please apply. Applications will be available on the OSDE website beginning this week. 

To watch for the ELA application, click here.

To watch for the math application, click here.

To watch for the health or physical education applications, click here.

For additional notifications and to sign up for the ELA and Mathematics mailing lists, click here.

Curriculum Frameworks will be available this fall on the OSDE website.

Need more help?

The instruction directors at the OSDE want to help you in any way possible! Please email or call with your questions and comments:


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Last updated on January 23, 2018