June Parent Power: Get reading this summer

Topics include:

  • Summer reading academies offer help for struggling readers
  • Free online reading programs offer resources for all learners
  • Melodie's column: Preventing summer learning loss
  • Parent Power round-up: Summer camps
  • Come to Parent Power Night at Vision 2020

OKTOY Blog: Be Organized

I am on my way to Monrovia, Liberia, and during this and many of my travels (this is my 30th country!) I am continually struck with poignant realizations surrounding organization. Namely, I notice the time that disorganized travelers take to pass through security or settle into a seat on the plane.

Peter Markes

July TLE Newsletter

Topics include:

  • American Institutes for Research to conduct SLO/SOO train-the-trainer sessions
  • TLE Question of the Month: Can a dean of students evaluate teachers?
  • Recommended reading: Beyond the Numbers

Read the full July TLE Newsletter







State Education Department begins inclusive process to develop new academic standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 15, 2013) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is encouraging Oklahoma educators, parents and others interested in public education to consider taking part in the development of new academic standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Coordinated by OSDE, the standards-creation process is designed to be as inclusive and comprehensive as possible.

OKTOY Blog: Perspective and Attitude

We recently relished much-needed rain showers in Oklahoma, a welcome anomaly to the customary scorching heat that sends us indoors this time of year. I was in my car, wipers on high, when I nearly u-turned toward the radio station upon hearing, “…another dreary day for Oklahomans…” Watch out! Farmers raising livestock or hay to feed those beasts might storm the station with pitchforks. City managers making tough decisions on water regulation might call up the FCC and request a fine or two!

Tulakes Elementary Principal Lee Roland Vision2020 Keynote

View Lee Roland's keynote speech at Vision 2020. Roland is principal at Putnam City's Tulakes Elementary School. His presentation inspires teachers and school leaders to give their all every day on behalf of their students.

OKTOY Blog: Make It Safe

At the end of last summer, my two-year-old son Vincent was jumping off the diving board like a stunt man! This summer, only just last week did he make his first attempt off the board. I was struck by how quickly a child can lose his courage and freedom to take risk.


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