Ms. Nancy Copeland, principal of Copeland Elementary, recently contacted the TLE Office before winter break to schedule an OAM presentation for her faculty. She also invited educators from other sites within her district, as well.
Unfortunately, the presentation was scheduled for Friday, December 13th after school. Some may recall how icy and cold that day was; so much in fact, numerous schools had already closed. The prospect of a full audience for an OAM presentation on a Friday evening during an ice storm was dismal at best.
Imagine how surprising it was to see Nancy Copeland's staff show up in full force! Not only that, Superintendent Doug Brown and more than seventy-five faculty members from other Idabel school sites showed up, as well. Now, that is called dedication!
Doug Brown reports that his "...teachers were very intimidated by the OAMs" but are now "...at ease" after hearing the presentation.
One attendee, Ms. Betty Warren, discussed her creative idea for an Other Academic Measure (OAM). Ms. Warren is not only a second grade teacher at Primary South Elementary, but she is also the sponsor of the NAACP club. Her effectiveness as the educational leader for the club and Black History Month activities is her OAM focus.
Choosing the approved measure of project portfolio and using Democratic Heritage as the standard to anchor her OAM, Ms. Warren says, "My plans are to examine
the life of Harriet Tubman, and how it impacts the rights and freedom of all
Americans. Her unfailing courage and
self-sacrifice in times of extreme difficulties serve as an example to us all!"
Ms. Warren's ability to blend her passion with a curriculum standard to engage her students represents that "unique facet" as defined by OAM language. Bravo, Ms. Warren!
Principal Nancy Copeland states, "I am very proud of our district and
staff. I have heard numerous positive comments about the meeting. It was very
beneficial to my staff and I so appreciate...the information."
Congratulations to Superintendent Doug Brown, Ms. Nancy Copeland, Principal Terri Bastible of Primary South, Ms. Betty Warren and the other exceptional educators at Idabel Public Schools for being selected as Spotlight School of the Month!