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State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

The Oklahoma State Board of Education met in Frederick, OK, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Frederick High School. Board members heard an update on the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation system.

Stillwater Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Award

Tammera Mittelstet, a Gifted Resource Coordinator at Stillwater’s Highland Park Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary, was surprised Monday with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award to be spent at her discretion. On hand to present the award was State Superintendent Janet Barresi and Milken Family Foundation Board Member Dr. Thomas Boysen.

Making Education Relevant

The State Board of Education met in Frederick last week. Holding meetings in schools reminds board members of how their decisions affect the people they are serving. It gives them a chance to hear firsthand the successes that should be celebrated and the obstacles they should help remove. These visits make their work relevant.

Educator Currents Newsletter Available

The latest Educator Currents Newsletter contains items on new statewide testing days for writing, Common Core training, Ag in the Classroom, and an update on TLE.

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Enter to Win the 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards

PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford are accepting entries for the 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards, which will recognize innovative PreK-12 classroom educators, media specialists, technology coordinators and homeschool educators who use digital media to enhance student learning. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 12, 2012.

Fellowship Applications Available For Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute

Applications are now available for Oklahoma fifth-grade teachers interested in receiving a fellowship to attend the 2013 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute June 10 through 16 in the restored capital city of 18th-century Virginia. The deadline is March 1, 2013.

Education: A Matter of National Security

At the recent Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform, Superintendent Barresi heard a very sobering report from the Council on Foreign Relations task force. This independent, nonpartisan group reports that our failure to educate students in the United States leaves them unprepared to compete with global peers and threatens our country’s ability to thrive in the global marketplace and maintain our role as a world leader -- a threat to our national security.

District, State A-F Report Card Grades Released

School District and State A-F Report Cards are now available for public viewing on the Oklahoma State Department of Education website.

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

The State Board of Education during a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, voted unanimously to recommend that CTB/McGraw Hill be awarded a one-year $8.9 million testing contract for grades 3-8.

In the Wake of Tragedy

I spent the weekend thinking about how incomprehensible it is that anyone could take the lives of 20 elementary school children, the six adults who tried to protect them and his own mother. I cannot fathom the grief engulfing the Newtown, Connecticut community right now. The stories of heroism by teachers and school personnel are inspiring.  Every day teachers do courageous things for our children. I have no doubt that they and the fallen adults did not have a moment's hesitation in response to this horrifying situation.

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