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Winning Attitude

I first visited Tushka Schools in April 2011, after a tornado destroyed the district’s main school building. It was a heartbreaking scene – much of the building was in ruin, many students and teachers were displaced form their homes, and district staff worried about how they would finish the school year.

I visited the Atoka County district again about a year ago, and I made my third trip last week. I can hardly express how thrilled I am with the fortitude of the students, teachers and administrators in Tushka.

Superintendent Barresi urges legislation to tighten accountability for virtual charter schools

Amid the growth of state “virtual” charter schools, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi is calling for legislation to strengthen academic and financial standards for such entities.

While a proponent of charter schools, Barresi said the relatively new phenomenon of virtual charters needs to be held to the same standards of accountability and transparency that are applicable to other charters in the public school system.

“Oklahoma’s public schools predate statehood, while virtual charter schools have been around for but a handful of years,” she said.

OKTOY Blog: And So We Begin...

Dec. 19, 2013

I am excited to begin the 2014 OKTOY Blog, and I agree with many friends that this is long overdue!

Fostering A Culture of Good Character

I had the pleasure recently of hosting the first meeting of the Character Education Task Force.

More than 20 representatives of school districts, civic groups and faith-based organizations from throughout the state joined members of the state’s Parent Teacher Association in the initial meeting earlier this month. In doing so, we are laying the groundwork for something I hope will help in the development of character education in Oklahoma schools.

Superintendent Barresi scraps double-testing requirement for middle school students who take higher math courses

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 14, 2013) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today notified district school superintendents that middle school students testing in Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry are no longer required to take the grade-level math assessment.

“This double testing has long been a requirement of the U.S. Department of Education, but it is unnecessary and not in the best interest of our students,” Barresi said.

Presentation at State Senate Budget Hearing

This presentation was made this morning (01/22/14) during a State Senate budget hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Board of Education January Meeting Highlights

Presidential Award Winners Honored

Two Oklahoma teachers were recognized by the State Board of Education for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Annette Huett, who teaches fourth grade at Kelley Elementary in Moore, attended with her principal  Dena Taylor.

Diane Reece, who taught kindergarten at Bokoshe Public School in Leflore County, died of leukemia on Dec. 4. She was 61.

Superintendent Barresi urges parents, schools to keep focus on third-grade reading law

Calling it a significant step forward in combating illiteracy in Oklahoma, state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi today urged parents to make themselves aware of the third-grade reading law taking effect this school year. The measure, part of the Reading Sufficiency Act, designates that students who score Unsatisfactory in the reading assessment cannot be promoted to fourth grade until they can demonstrate what typically would be deemed a second-grade reading level or higher.

OKTOY Blog: Oklahoma Music Educators Conference


A couple weeks ago I attended the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA) annual state conference in Tulsa.

I cannot reiterate enough the value of professional development and reconnecting with colleagues. Of course, this year was a little exceptional in the latter category due to the OKTOY recognition (My face was on the cover of the conference magazine. That took a little getting used to!). As I met with each new and old friend, we excitedly talked about the incredible good that we, music teachers, are able to accomplish.

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