ELEVATE: Oklahoma schools increasingly embrace character education

Hilldale Middle School in Muskogee receives national recognition from the Washington D.C.-based Character.org.Hilldale Middle School in Muskogee is one of four Oklahoma schools to receive national recognition from the Washington D.C.-based Character.org.

OKTOY Blog: Overcoming against all odds

I recently finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and I am currently reading Good to Great by Jim Collins. The first told the true story of Louis Zamperini’s journey from boyhood to Olympian to a prisoner in World War II Japanese P.O.W. camps and his ultimate release. The second depicts how certain Fortune 500 companies made the leap from mediocre or even poor performers to sustained, great companies.

Oklahoma School Turnaround Program garnering success

OKLAHOMA CITY  (Dec. 8, 2014) — As 2014 draws to a close, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is celebrating the fact that more than half of Oklahoma’s 175 Priority Schools have shown positive growth over the past two years.

In addition to that accomplishment, OSDE’s Office of School Turnaround reports that 51 Priority schools improved their letter grades on the state A-F Report Card this year. 

OKTOY Blog: Giving Students a Voice

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Proctor and his studentFor me it has always been, and will always be about the students.

I was fortunate to spend the day discussing Oklahoma's testing climate with fellow educators, administrators, students, and various stakeholders at the OEA Testing Summit. Throughout the day it was clear that everyone's first and foremost concern was what was best for our students.

Annual enrollment in Oklahoma public schools increases in 2014, Continues upward trend

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 3, 2014) – The number of students in Oklahoma public schools increased for the 2014-15 school year, keeping in line with a steady, long-term trend.

Total enrollment for 2014 in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade is 688,300 students, an increase of 6,722 over last year’s total of 681,578. From 2010 through 2014, enrollment grew by 28,685.

OKTOY Blog: Gratitude

“…this is the primary mark of resilient people as they look into their pasts. They seek for things that call for gratitude. They give thanks to people who have made a difference in their lives. Thanks to God for benefits and blessings that they discover are numberless. Thanks in general that one receives the gift of life and thought and beauty and a thousand other things.”- Gordon MacDonald, A Resilient Life

TLE November Newsletter

Topics include:

  • Clarification of SLO/SOO Policies
  • Guidelines on VAM and SLO/SOO results
  • Recommended Reading
  • Upcoming Commission Meeting

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U.S. Department of Education restores Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind Flexibility Waiver for remainder of school year

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 24) — The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) announced today it is reinstating Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Flexibility Waiver for the 2014-15 school year. Although the waiver had been pulled after state lawmakers repealed Common Core academic standards deemed college- and career-ready, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reconsidered that earlier decision after Oklahoma higher education officials determined the state’s existing academic standards were sufficient.

OKTOY Blog: The lessons of leaving my classroom

Jason Proctor in classroomAs OKTOY, I have the unique opportunity to step away from my classroom for a year and travel the state, joining conversations about the amazing profession to which I proudly belong.

State Board of Education approves charter school plan for two juvenile detention facilities

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 19, 2014) — The State Board of Education today unanimously approved an application submitted by Oklahoma’s Office of Juvenile Affairs to sponsor charter schools at juvenile detention facilities in Manitou and Tecumseh.

Under the plan, the State Board of Education will sponsor the Oklahoma Youth Academy Charter School at the facilities, both of which have been served by the local school districts —Tipton and Tecumseh, respectively.


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