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Local Mentoring Programs Benefit Students Efforts Highlighted During National Volunteer Week

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 10, 2014) – This week marks National Volunteer Week, which honors the countless people across the nation who offer their time, skill and compassion to help others in need.

When it comes to volunteering to help children, one of the most effective ways to make a big impression is to mentor.

Superintendent Barresi joins educators in opposing proposal to weaken social studies, U.S. history instruction

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi and various educators around Oklahoma and across the country are expressing concerns that proposed state legislation would erase Oklahoma’s ability to measure student knowledge of social studies, geography and a significant portion of U.S. history.

Senate Bill 1654 seeks to eliminate state assessments on social studies in grades five and eight, as well as geography in grade seven. The seventh-grade world geography test is the only time students are currently tested on geographic knowledge.

Barresi opposes renewal of contract with testing vendor

 

Some school districts will resume testing Tuesday

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 21, 2014) — In the wake of thousands of disruptions in online assessments today, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said she will recommend the State Board of Education not renew the contract of testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill for the next fiscal year.

OKTOY Blog: The Chi Mei Museum

 
In recent visits to high school orchestras around our state, I have been sharing this story from March 26, 2013. It is the top musical experience of my life:

Peter Markes plays a very expensive violin.

OKTOY Blog: The Greatest Influence

The greatest influence on a child’s learning is his relationship with his teacher. Relationships must be at the core of our teaching. If a child is able to trust the teacher, then he will risk failing in front of her. He will try again knowing that the teacher wants beyond the best for every student. As teachers, we must embrace this above curriculum. In some small part we are responsible to recreate our successful selves, creating a future generation of co-workers, partners, teachers and parents. If it comes between being right and being kind, always choose kind.

Altus teachers awarded AP Rural Fellows grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 28, 2014) – Two Altus School District teachers have been awarded Advanced Placement (AP) grants from The College Board.

Linda Bennett and Jaime Reyna were awarded the AP Rural Fellows grant, a new and competitive grant program that provides scholarships for high school teachers in rural areas of the United States.

Keynotes Announced for Summer Vision 2020 Education Conference


OKLAHOMA CITY (April 29, 2014) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announced today the keynote speakers for this year’s Vision 2020 conference.

Vision 2020, OSDE’s annual summer conference open to anyone interested in education, will take place July 15 – 17 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. One general session featuring a keynote speaker will be held daily.

The keynote speakers will be:

Supt. Barresi calls for $6.5 million supplemental request to cover health insurance costs for schools


OKLAHOMA CITY (April 30, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi is urging state lawmakers to approve a $6.5 million supplemental budget appropriation to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to fund its Flexible Benefits Allowance (FBA) this fiscal year.

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