shared from Sara Snodgrass, OKSDE Director of Elementary Math…

This is a letter posted on Facebook from a parent.  As a teacher just like you it struck my heart and I wanted all of you to read it.  I am also including some “math” about the tornado.  My thoughts and prayers are not only with the Moore teachers but all of you.  I know firsthand how amazing you are!!

            I freely admit it. I’ve taken teachers for granted. Sure, as a kid, you wanted the ones that weren’t too hard on you when you screwed up, or maybe the ones who never noticed when you did.  As a parent, you merely hope they will turn your children into the smartest kids in town. We look at state rankings of schools and hope ours is smarter than that dumb school down the street. Because, by God, my kid needs to have a good job someday so I’m not supporting them till they’re 35. I’ll admit it. When I get my kid’s report cards, or test scores, or whatever, I congratulate my kids for the good grades, and question the teachers about the bad ones.  Then, it hit me.  When your 4 year old, who’s never been more than 8 feet away from you is dropped off at school for the first time, and you’re at work all day stressing about it, the teacher is the one with him, making sure he’s ok. When your house is just so loud from your 2 or 3 kids being cooped up all summer, and you can’t wait for the house to be quiet again, the teacher is the one who happily receives them.  When a kid is having problems at home, the teacher is the one that comforts them and gives them a sense of normalcy. When you get a call that the school is on lockdown, because of whatever craziness is going on in the world at that time, the teacher is the one who is there to comfort them. When an EF-5 tornado is zeroed in on your kid’s school, and you are 10 miles away, helpless and hopeless to reach them in time, the teacher is the one who makes sure they are in a safe place. When that same tornado, or even a crazy person with a gun, enters the school, and attempts to take the life of your child, and you wish you were there to jump in the way, the teacher is the one who does. This is for all the teachers who I ever had, and every teacher my kids ever had, or will ever have. You may have never had to take a bullet for me, or protect my child from a falling wall, but it wasn’t until now that I realized, you totally would have. I apologize for never treating you with the proper respect. The same respect we give our fireman and our policeman, should have been given to you.  Thank you for everything you ever did, and everything you were in position to do, but never had to. Good job, teach.



Here are just a few math facts about the tornadoes in Moore, Norman, Little Axe, Bethel Acres, Bethel and Shawnee.


13,000 homes lost, only 29 people in shelters.

Winds 200+ m.p.h. at Briarwood Elementary.  No lives lost!  (That’s around 600 students)

There are approximately 650,000 students and 60,000 teachers in Oklahoma, of which any would risk their own safety to keep their students out of harm.

Over $6,000,000 in donations from Oklahoma companies.


I am so proud to be an Oklahoma teacher.  Love to each of you for a safe and restful summer.



Sara Snodgrass M.Ed/NBCT

Oklahoma State Department of Education

Director of Elementary Mathematics

2500 North Lincoln Boulevard

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105

405 522 3522


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PARCC insights…

The following is a link to an interview with PARCC.

PARCC is Oklahoma’s representative creator of Common Core aligned assessments.  (PARCC; Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career).

Be informed!  🙂 Kimmy

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Great CCSS insight with this Teaching Channel video…

Take a look!

🙂 Kimmy

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K – 3 Assessments…

As you should know Oklahoma’s State Board of Education approved 13 assessments for grades K – 3 at the end of April.  Here is a list of the approved assessments:

assessment list 13 – 14

The following was just released from the OKSDE and it gives more information about each assessment.  This information was gathered by the educators who volunteered to be part of the Assessment Review Committee earlier in the year:

Oklahoma K-3 Formative Reading Assessments

The areas stipulated by the SDE that the assessment you choose should include are phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, spelling and vocabulary.  If the chosen assessment does not meet all needs stipulated by the SDE then you must choose an additional/different assessment that meets all the areas.  You also will have to have an assessment that is used for Benchmark assessment and an assessment to be used for Progress Monitoring throughout the year.  If you use an assessment that only does one of the two, Benchmark or Progress Monitoring, then you must choose an additional/different assessment that meets the other requirement.  The OKSDE has put out a request to all 13 assessment companies to provide a 20 – 30 minute presentation that will enable schools/districts to make informed choices.  When, and if, a company complies the videos will be posted on the SDE website.

If you have any questions please feel free to send them my way!

🙂 Kimmy

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Librarian Collaboration meeting added to agenda…

It was requested that I add a collaboration session for Librarians to my calendar.  SOOOO, I did.

We will be getting together on May 31, 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Science Annex in Guymon, OK.

Here is a link to the Eventbright site where you can register to attend:

Can’t wait to see you!

🙂 Kimmy

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Your chance to speak up!

Oklahoma Educators are cordially invited to apply for the Oklahoma CSummer Convening

The goal of the Oklahoma C3 Summer Convening is to bring Oklahoma educators together to evaluate, clarify, and assess the needs of our state in regards to the upcoming transition to Oklahoma C3 standards for English Language Arts and Math. Teachers will collaborate and analyze progressions to develop resources such as comparisons, curriculum maps, and guidance on assessments.

Hotel stay is provided for this four-day event. Travel reimbursement is available to qualifying participants.

Applications will go live on Friday, May 10 and are due May 16.

An official invitation and the application are attached via links below.



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Collaboration Workshops and RSA Meeting Set Up

I had an opportunity to go and observe some of my peer coaches in action last week.  They had a collaboration workshop for PK/Kinder teachers.  This got me thinking about what I can do that is similar in our area in attempts to get you all talking in your grades levels across the panhandle.  As with most things I have done, I wish I had done this earlier but here’s what I’ve set up.

On May 28 and 30 I have four two-hour sessions set up at Guymon Junior High’s Science Annex.  This is a GREAT room for professional development and will allow for a group as large as 30 with room to move about.  I put PK & K together on the morning of the 28th and grades 1 & 2 together in the afternoon on that day.  Grades 3 & 4 will be the morning of the 30th and 5 & 6 together that afternoon.  Anyone interested in learning more can go to for a complete listing of these upcoming workshops.

This link,, will also be my main go to for those wanting to see what workshops I have scheduled throughout the coming year.  I hope to have these planned before the start of school in August so those of you who’d like to attend my free PD sessions can plan ahead.

It’s my hope to keep the collaboration going with workshops scheduled every 9 weeks for levels PK – 6 and I am wanting to set up collaboration meetings for librarians and any other support personnel who’d like to start this too.

With the window for Reading Sufficiency plans opening up on May 1 I’ve put together a meeting/workshop for those who author site and district plans in order to facilitate any questions you all might have regarding the Reading Sufficiency Act and the plans attached to this law.  This RSA workshop is scheduled for June 4.  There are two sessions that you can choose to attend, an am starting at 9 and a pm starting at 1.  To sign up to attend you need to go to the following link  Again this is the go to link for any PD I have scheduled as your Reac3h Coach in the panhandle region.

As always, questions and/or comments can be sent to me @

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