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Black History Month Heroes Abound

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to remember all of the people from our past that played significant roles in bringing about the end of racial segregation and ensuring the rights of equality for Oklahomans.

Governor's ACE Awards Given to 188 School Districts

 

 Governor Mary Fallin, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi, Former Governor Brad Henry and State Legislators honored 188 school districts with the Governor’s ACE Award at a celebratory luncheon on Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Oklahoma History Center.

State Superintendent Barresi Requests Two-Year Delay for Teacher Evaluation System

State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced today that she will ask the authors of Senate Bill 426, Sen. John Ford and Rep. Earl Sears, to consider a two-year delay for full implementation of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness reform that was originally enacted in 2010 in Senate Bill 2033.

Lawton's Eisenhower High School Named School of the Year by National Math and Science Initiative

Eisenhower High School, in the Lawton School District, was named the first National Math and Science Initiative's (NMSI) School of the Year in a ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday.

The award came as a result of record-setting gains in academic achievement by the school in its first year of participation in NMSI's Advanced Placement Program.

Community Support Vital to Success of Public Education

Many know I advocate for quality teachers in the classroom and quality leaders in our districts as a means of achieving academic excellence for our children. Today, I’m going to add another very important component to the mix: community support.

Recently, I had the good fortune to visit two high performing school districts on my Raise the Grade Tour. In addition to the outstanding teachers and educational leaders, they have another characteristic in common which is an impressive level of community support.

State Supt. Barresi Thanks Legislators for Support of Instructional Coaches

State Superintendent Janet Barresi on Tuesday thanked State Senators Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater, and State Representatives Scott Martin, R-Norman, and Lee Denney, R-Cushing, for their support of the State Department of Education’s REAC3H Coaches.

The 60 professional educators – each assigned to one of 30 regions throughout the state – have been assisting Oklahoma schools with the implementation of new education reforms such as third-grade reading sufficiency and the transition to Oklahoma C3 Academic Standards.

Juanita Kidd, Longtime Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame Member Dies

Longtime Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame Member Juanita Kidd died on Wednesday.

“I am saddened by news of the loss of this wonderful Oklahoma education leader,” Superintendent Barresi said. “Juanita Kidd provided many years of service to the children and educators in our state serving multiple roles. She will be missed. My prayers go out to her family.”

Harding Charter, Classen Make Top 50 National High Schools List

Harding Charter Preparatory High School and Classen School of Advanced Studies, both in Oklahoma City, have been named among the top 50 high schools in the nation by TheBestSchools.org.

Harding Charter is No. 23 on the list; Classen is No. 36.

KIPP Principal Tracy McDaniel Honored With Outstanding School Leadership Award

State Superintendent Janet Barresi and the State Board of Education honored Tracy McDaniel, principal at KIPP Reach College Preparatory School, as a Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership recipient for 2012 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program at the Board’s March meeting.

McDaniel was one of only six principals from the 314 Blue Ribbon Schools nationwide to receive this award.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners Recognized

State Superintendent Janet Barresi and State Board of Education members recognized and commended Perrin Duncan, a senior at Edmond North High School, and Mason Harvey, an eighth-grader at Guthrie Junior High School, as 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners.

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