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.

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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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.

Teaching teachers

By Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Good teachers are first good students.

OKTOY Blog: Teachers are superheroes

This past week I got to spend the day with teacher candidates at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in Weatherford. It was a great opportunity to talk with future teachers.

OKTOY Jason Proctor poses with teacher candidates at Southwestern Oklahoma State University

ELEVATE: Educators mean business using CEO-savvy program for school turnaround

Elevate | Oklahoma Schools on the rise logo Elevate | Oklahoma Schools On The Rise
Elevate is a special web series about the great things happening in Oklahoma public schools.

OKTOY Blog: Leading is not managing

Wednesday, Oct. 29 marked my first official speaking engagement as Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year. I was honored to be invited by the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP) to speak about the importance of school leadership at their fall conference in Oklahoma City.

OKToy Blog: The power of team

The first Saturday of November every year holds a special place in my heart. That’s when high school distance runners gather in many places across the country to compete at state championships. This weekend I took part in such a display and was reminded again that our profession extends beyond textbooks, standards, assessments or trophies.

OKTOY Blog: Getting started | OU Homecoming

The past month has been a whirlwind of sorts. I realized that I had a 1 in 12 chance of becoming the 2015 Teacher of the Year when I was named a finalist, but even then I didn’t really believe it would happen. It’s such a tremendous honor to receive this title, especially when so many of my deserving fellow teachers were also finalists.


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