SDE: State Aid Allocations, TLE Training Funds

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State Aid Allocations Sent to Districts

Superintendents, as you know, districts were notified earlier this week of their state aid initial allocations for FY 2013. While individual district's allocations vary from year to year based on a variety of factors within the state's funding formula, we wanted to provide a brief overview of elements at the state level that impact the overall amount available to districts.

This year, the state Legislature appropriated the same amount of funding as last year for state aid. This is against an increase of more than 11,000 weighted students statewide as well as an increase in the number of virtual students, and growth in the number of charter school applications, including two sponsored by Tulsa Public Schools and two sponsored by Langston University. To shield districts from a possible decrease at mid-year because of chargeables and additional growth, the SDE, as required by state law, annually retains a mandated minimum amount of the state appropriation. To determine this amount, we take into consideration three prior years of experience to assure that adequate money will be available to allocate at mid year. The largest portion of the amount retained is to account for growth of the Average Daily Measurement.

View allocation forms here.

TLE Training Funds Coming

Funds for Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation training should be released to districts next week. If you have not already signed up for summer training, contact your framework provider:

Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation and
Marzano School Leadership
724.459.2100 ext. 117
724.459.2100 ext. 103

Tulsa TLE Observation and Evaluation System and
McREL Principal Evaluation System
Dr. Vickie Williams
Dr. Gracie Branch

Reeves Leadership Performance Matrix
303.504.9312 ext. 220

For districts unable to complete evaluation training this summer, the State Department of Education is planning makeup training and assessment dates in September to be held in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Be watching future Leadership Posts for those dates.

Directory Update

The process for collecting school and district directory information for the State Department of Education has changed. Directory information for school and district addresses, phone numbers and contacts will be collected and maintained through an application located on the Wave Website. All users with access to the Wave Website will be able to view the current up-to-date Directory Information online.  In the future, the data will be pulled monthly and moved to the State Department of Education’s Website for a Public facing directory that does not require a login. 
Further work is being done to create a PDF Report of the Directory as well as book printing options. 
For detailed instructions on how to update or delete information, go here.

Vision 2020 Breakout Sessions Available

We'd like to thank all of the administrators and educators who came to our Vision 2020 Conference in June. We've had fantastic feedback on the general session speakers and breakout sessions we offered this year as well as suggestions for how to improve the conference next year. 

We already are planning next year's conference with tentative dates being considered the second week of July. We will keep you posted on the dates, registration, speakers and the agenda.

Download the general sessions from the conference and breakout sessions on early childhood at our iTunes U portal. More sessions will be added in the coming weeks.

New TOY Finalist Named

Angela McKenna, a choral music director at Edmond's Sequoyah Middle School has been named a 2013 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalist. She takes the place of Kimberly Landers from Deer Creek, who has taken an administrative position in her school district. For a complete list of this year's finalists and more information on the program, go here.

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